by Courtney Elko
Located in Center City Philadelphia, the Hilton Garden Inn is within walking distance to lots of restaurants, shops and historic sites. The Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia’s charming public food market) and the Pennsylvania Convention Center are steps away, as well.
While the bright lobby may appear small, it presents as a nice space to gather as a family and get out of the room for a board game or snack time at the large table. Or you can read a book in front of the fireplace to relax after a day exploring Philadelphia. A complimentary coffee and water station can also be found in the lobby. Kids will also find cookies or popcorn in the lobby on occasion.
The guestrooms and suites are spacious and offer ample room for a family. The onsite restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner, shows off spectacular views of the city and the indoor pool is a great place for the kids to swim and play.
Our Editor Loves
- Steps to restaurants and museums
- Indoor, heated pool and hot tub
- Newly updated sleeper sofas
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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All of the 279 guestrooms and suites feature a mini-fridge, microwave and Keurig machine. Cribs and rollaway beds are available at no additional charge and complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the guestrooms.
The spacious guestrooms feature king and double beds, and connecting rooms are available. A bathtub can be found in all of the guestroom bathrooms and families will find plenty of outlets and USB ports to plug in devices.
The suites feature a separate living space with a newly updated sleeper sofa and a dining table. Two televisions can also be found in a suite, so no one has to fight over the remote. Six people can fit comfortable in a suite with double beds and a sleeper sofa. A small, half wall separates the living space and bedroom area in the Junior Suites, and the Deluxe Suites feature French doors that separate the living room from bedroom. Connecting rooms are not available in a Deluxe Suite.
I was supposed to check in tonight but the front desk said my reservation was for the next day. This is not my fault as the reservation was made by a conference organizer. Apparently this hotel was fully booked so they could not accommodate me for one night. Not only the front desk refused to cancel my existing reservation, citing it was a group rate, he then recommended me to a supposedly 4 star hotel nearby. Fine, I was tired having flew in from the West Coast. But, when I got to this so-called 4 star hotel, it turned out to be a rundown inn, 1-2 stars the most, and it was in a shady area. I am very pissed at this person at the Hilton front desk. Why would anyone at this Hilton hotel do that to a loyal Hilton Honor members? I am canceling my Hilton membership based on just this experience alone. I'm beyond shock and disgust.
by Ronald K
This hotel is very dated and needs to be renovated. It is close to the market and is in a good location. The staff is a bit ambivalent and not particularly friendly. It is not up to the level of most other Hilton Garden Inns.
On the 7th floor, families will find the indoor heated pool, which is open until 11 p.m. daily. The pool depth goes from 3 to 6 feet and there is a bathroom in the pool area. A hot tub sits next to the pool and two pool accessible lifts are available to guests who may need assistance. There is no lifeguard on duty, but guests will find chairs around the pool deck.
Kids can dig into the Treasure Chest at check-in and select a coloring book or fun small toy.
Great American Grill
The casual onsite restaurant can be found on the 10th floor and serves breakfast and dinner. A television sits above a fireplace if the large windows with city views aren't attention grabbing enough. A buffet breakfast is served from 6 to 10 a.m. during the week and from 7 to 11 a.m. on weekends. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. daily and a kids' menu is available. A bar area within the restaurant features a happy hour with snacks and drink specials, too.
Room service is available to guests from 5 to 9 p.m. daily.
Guests will find a pantry and sundries shop in the lobby. Beverages, ready-to-microwave meals and other last minute items can be found here.
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All About the Extras
The fitness center overlooks the pool area and can be found on the 7th floor. Guests will find cardio machines, free weights and towels in the small, but efficient fitness center, which is open 24/7.
Laundry and Vending
Coin operated laundry facilities can be found on the 7th and 9th floors. Vending and ice machines can be found on every floor.
A lobby attendant is always on duty, even overnight, so guests can feel secure and safe at night.
The front desk can assist guests in exploring everything that Philadelphia has to offer. Tours, musical theater tickets or tickets to a museum can be arranged at the front desk.
The Art of Smart Timing
Philadelphia is welcoming any time of year. The high season for tourists is the summer when kids are out of school and the humidity is high. Fall and spring offer less humidity with fewer crowds when kids are back in school. And the winter brings outdoor ice rinks and outdoor Christmas events and shopping for visitors to enjoy.
Philadelphia International Airport is about 12 miles away from the hotel. Interstate 95 along with several other highways leading to Center City Philadelphia make it easy to locate.
Philadelphia is an easily walkable city and taxis and car services are also easy to grab.
There is a fee for self-parking and the parking lot is not immediately onsite. Guests can unload at the hotel and then park at a designated nearby lot. An in-and-out pass is also available at the hotel for an extra $1.
For Mom and Dad
The bar lounge area within the restaurant is a great spot for parents to unwind after a day exploring the city with the kids. Happy hour specials are also featured at the bar.