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Great location, Great concierge, not a great value. This is a classic business-oriented hotel right next to the sights around Independence Hall. That's a bit ironic considering that there isn't all that many business locations nearby, although it's only about a 5 to 10 minute cab ride to City Hall and the financial district. It's also a short walk to South Street and Second Street, both of which are happening places for the under 30 crowd in the evening. For historical sightseers the location is great. My son and I got a "parlor" room. I strongly recommend against getting one of these. The bed is a hide-a-bed which is about as comfortable as sleeping in your car. The hotel was basically clean, but showing some wear around the edges. If you can get a regular room below $200 via an internet discount site, you're starting to get value. Below $150 a room here would be a steal. Our room was $220 and was a very poor value. Parking is valet only and at $34 per day is a ripoff. The restaurant and bar are both overpriced, expense-account type facilities but there are a plethora of alternatives nearby. I have to say, this hotel has a fabulous concierge. Gale was knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. Her advice on restaurants was spot on and she really made my son and I feel special, even when we were wearing shorts and t-shirts after a day of sightseeing. In summary, if you can get a good deal on a room, this is a great spot to stay while visiting Philadelphia. Otherwise, check out some of the the other downtown hotels. It's just not that far from the financial district to the historical sights. And, be sure to say hello to Gale. She's terrific.


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July 30, 2008