by Courtney Elko
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown brings guests a sense of casual comfort in a stylishly elegant setting. The large and spacious lobby is lavish with its marble flooring and columns, but it does not give off a “do not touch” feel. Kids will feel plenty comfortable and welcome to run around the large circular lobby.
Located in Philadelphia’s Center City, the location is ideal for exploring Philadelphia’s many eateries and historic sites. Independence Hall, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia’s historic public market with lots of charm and Philly food favorites) are within steps or blocks of the hotel, allowing families numerous options for things to do.
Don’t be deceived by the narrow hotel hallways because the spacious guestrooms and suites offer families plenty of space to spread out. Families will love the indoor pool, onsite family-friendly restaurant and nearby bicycle rentals, too.
Our Editor Loves
- Bike rentals and bus tours nearby
- Onsite restaurant and room service
- Sky bridge connected to Reading Terminal Market
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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All of the more than 1,300 guestrooms and suites feature a mini-fridge, coffee service, plenty of outlets for charging and a laptop-size safe. All of the rooms also offer a shower/tub combination in the bathroom. A crib is available upon request and a rollaway bed is available at a nightly fee. Connecting rooms can be found in both guestrooms and suites.
Double and king bed options are available in the guestrooms and all of the mattresses have been recently upgraded. A large desk area and flat-screen television with HBO are also offered in the guestrooms.
Double doors in the spacious suites separate the living room and bedroom areas. A dining table with chairs, wet bar and a couch are all featured in the suites. However, the couch is not a sleeper sofa. A Murphy bed and oversized wet bar can be found in the larger Hospitality Suite, which can be used for a bridal party or event preparation.
Stayed here over a long weekend. This was our first time staying at a Marriott property as Platinum level members. We booked two rooms and one room was generously upgraded to a very nice suite. The other room was very basic with two double beds. After one night in this room I was able to switch to a room in the tower across the skybridge which was significantly nicer. Kudos to Rose at the front desk for making this happen. She was excellent. This hotel was hopping, as it was hosting a large conference. However, the hotel did not handle the crowd very well at all. On several occasions we waited for more than ten minutes for an elevator to arrive. Simply unacceptable. Sunday morning line for the bellhop exceeded thirty people. On Saturday afternoon there was absolute gridlock in the entry drive. We had to get out of our ride a block away as a result. These issues would need to be fixed before we would return.
Staff here was great but if you need a copy of your bill don't leave the hotel without it. I usually contact hotels after my stay to get a copy of my final bill and I've never had an issue until now. Its been over 10 days since my initial request to get a copy of my bill. If you try to call they refer you to emailing marriott instead and now i have several emails that haven't been responded to. It extremely frustrating since i have to submit expense reports to my employer in order to get reimbursed.
Located on the seventh floor, the lap pool is heated and has a depth of 3 to 4 feet. Chairs surround the pool deck and guests will find towels and a bathroom/changing room in the pool area. No lifeguards are ever on duty.
Philadelphia offers a bike share program throughout the city. Guests will find a bike share station steps outside the Marriott lobby. Bikes are available 24/7 and each station has a touchscreen kiosk for payment and a map of city neighborhoods. Families can rent bikes for as long as you desire. Children must be 16 years old to ride a bike-sharing bike.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, 13 Restaurant is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 13 serves American favorites in a causal setting and offers a children's menu. The kids' menu (which also happens to be an activity placemat) features kid favorites like pancakes, pizza, chicken fingers and mac and cheese. A breakfast buffet is also available. Televisions can be found in the bar area, and an outdoor dining terrace is available in the warmer months.
Located in the center of the circular lobby, Circ is a great hangout space for families. Cocktails and light fare are served all day and dinner is served at Circ from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. But the plush chairs and couches and large television make it a nice place to meet before heading out to explore the city.
A small (but full-service) Starbucks shop can be found in the lobby so guests can get that caffeine fix.
Room service is available to guests until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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All About the Extras
Room keys are needed to access any floor above the fifth floor. Guests use their room key in the elevator in order to gain access to their floor.
Guests will find a full service FedEx center in the lobby, making package delivery or sending convenient, and office supplies are also available for purchase.
Transportation and Tours
A transportation and tour desk can be found in the lobby. Guests can schedule an airport shuttle, a double decker bus sightseeing tour, or book musical theater tickets.
Located in the lobby, guests will find souvenirs, snacks and sundries inside the hotel gift shop. It is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The modern fitness center is located on the mezzanine level, with access off the lobby. Open 24/7, the bright and airy fitness center has lots of windows and overlooks the lobby. Cardio machines, free weights, exercise balls and yoga mats are all available to guests. Towels and a water bottle filling station are also available for guests' convenience.
Free Wi-Fi is offered to Marriott hotel reward members and it is free to sign up for membership. Otherwise, there is a daily fee for Wi-Fi access.
The Art of Smart Timing
Guests will enjoy staying at this hotel in any season as Philadelphia has a lot to offer all year. The high season for tourists is summer, but fall and spring offer less humidity. Philadelphia's outdoor ice rinks are also fun places to visit in the winter.
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. The hotel offers valet parking for a fee, but no self-parking is available. Also, a boarding pass computer can be found in the lobby where guests can easily print out airline information.
Guests can walk to numerous restaurants, shops and historic attractions or hail a taxi or car service. A Hertz rental car office can also be found in the lobby and guests can schedule an airport shuttle at the transportation desk.
A sky bridge connects the hotel to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and attached shops and the Reading Terminal Market, allowing guests easy access without going outside or crossing a city street. A room key is needed to gain access back into the hotel from the sky bridge.
For Mom and Dad
Relax and sip on a cocktail at Circ Lounge.