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Residence Inn By Marriott
1 East Penn Square
Center City
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cross Street: Market Street
Mon-Fri from $149 double. Rates include Breakfast

The largest hotel in the state, and then some, the thrice-incarnated Philadelphia Marriott is high volume -- and surprisingly high service. Marriott opened the biggest hotel in Pennsylvania in January 1995, linked by an elevated covered walkway to the Reading Terminal Shed of the convention center -- and it is scheduled for a $45-million renovation in 2009. Residence Inn, which added 269 suites to the stew -- plus a state-of-the-art fitness center. So all together, you have your choice of more than 2,100 rooms, three fitness centers, and 10 restaurants and lounges -- all linked with one another and with the convention center. Guests at any of the locations would be smart to join Marriott's rewards program, which offers automatic discounts to members.

Marriott's major auto entrance is on Filbert Street (two-way btw. Market and Arch sts.), with a grand pedestrian entrance adjoining Champions Sports Bar and retail on Market Street. The main lobby is sliced up into a five-story atrium, enlivened by a 10,000-square-foot water sculpture, a lobby bar, and a Starbucks. Setbacks and terraces provide plenty of natural light and views from the rooms on floors 6 to 23. Rooms are tastefully outfitted with dark woods, maroon and green drapes and bedspreads, a TV armoire, a desk, a club chair and ottoman, and a round table, but, overall, are slightly less elegant than those at the top hotels. Comfortably sized bathrooms have heavy chrome fixtures and sinks and counters tucked in the corners for more dressing room space. Closets are spacious; there are large desks -- and some amazing views of City Hall -- in guest rooms of Residence Inn and Courtyard. Service throughout the megaplex is impeccable, thanks to the well-trained, knowledgeable staff.

  • Cross Street: Market Street
    Rooms: 269 Units
  • Payment:
    AMEX, DC, MasterCard, Visa
    Facilites: Fitness center; coin-op washers and dryers
  • Room Amenities:
  • Beauty shop, nearby (referral at front desk)
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Car rentals nearby:
  • Cash machine/ATM
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Coffee/tea in-room
  • Continental breakfast
  • Evening reception
  • Grocery shopping service
  • Housekeeping service daily
  • Laundry on-site
  • Laundry on-site, coin operated
  • Local restaurant dinner delivery
  • Newspaper in lobby
  • Phone calls: toll-free
  • Safe deposit boxes, front desk
  • Valet dry-cleaning
    Parking: Self-Parking in Public Lots Around the corner on Market Street, Broad Street as well.
  • Public Transit: SEPTA:

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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