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BEST WESTERN PLUS Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel 2.5

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pros

  • Newly renovated property downtown that offers good value 
  • Within walking distance to the convention center and top sights
  • Comfortable, well-equipped guest rooms, some with skyline views
  • In-room flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers
  • Free hot breakfast buffet 
  • Free coffee and tea in the lobby
  • Attractive lobby bar open every afternoon
  • 24/7 fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment
  • 24/7 lobby business center with two computers and printers
  • 24/7 lobby market that sells soft drinks, snacks, and ice cream
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Rooms can be noisy and some face interior walls 
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

The two-and-a-half-pearl Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel is a solid choice for convention-goers and tourists. The modern hotel is fresh from a significant early 2017 renovation. Its 107 guest rooms are comfortable though decor is slightly lackluster, with no bright accents to liven up spaces. All units have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers with free coffee and tea, safes, and free Wi-Fi. The free hot breakfast is a highlight, as is the lobby bar and 24-hour gym and business center. Business travelers looking to be closer to the convention center can check Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City, which has more amenities for a slightly higher rate. 

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Scene

Busy business travelers and tourists hustle out after breakfast to traverse downtown

While the building's exterior is pretty nondescript, the lobby is streamlined and modern. There's are chic chandeliers, sleek wood laminate flooring, and colorful photos of Philadelphia scenes that add a pop of color. The lobby bar's bright yellow stools are a focal point, as is the electric-blue lighting that runs along the ceiling, and there are several comfortable and inviting places to relax or work. Given the short walk to the convention center, this hotel hosts many convention delegates and other business travelers. But it's close enough to the downtown core to draw leisure travelers as well. Expect to see guests coming and going throughout the day, as the breakfast area gets busy during the morning and the lobby bar stays open well into the evening. 

Location

Downtown, within walking distance to the convention center and a few top sights 

The Best Western is located downtown, off Interstate 676 (Vine Street Expressway). It's just a seven-minute walk to the historic Reading Terminal Market, and to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Transportation options are nearby, with the Race Vine Street Station a four-minute walk from the hotel. It isn't in the center of the city’s dining and nightlife scene, but some restaurants are as close as one minute on foot, and others are just a bit farther. Chinatown is nine minutes on foot, and City Hall is a 10-minute walk. It's also about a 16-minute walk from the hotel to the Barnes Foundation, and Independence Hall and the Shops at Liberty Place are about 16 minute via public transit. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is about 23 minutes by public transit. Travel times to Philadelphia International Airport are approximately 15 minutes by car, and 35 minutes by public transit. 

Rooms

 Comfortable and well-equipped, with mini-fridges and coffeemakers, but decor is a bit bland

Guest rooms feature a mix of soft earth tones and have cheerful ambiance, but they're a bit uninspired, with no visually stimulating details to add energy. Decor is a melange of neutrals, bedding is white with copper throws and bolster pillows, and there are cornflower blue accent walls, with a similar hue in carpeting. But units are pleasant and not unattractive, and all have desks with ergonomic chairs and furniture with deep drawers. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers with free coffee and tea, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are similarly plain, but have roomy walk-in showers, wide vanities, hairdryers, and toiletries. 

The biggest drawback is that noise from the hallways and other rooms can be heard rather easily. Also, while some rooms feature city skyline views, many others face interior walls. Units are average in size, with Kings and Doubles available. 

Features

Free hot breakfast, lobby bar, and 24-hour gym, but no on-site parking 

This modern hotel has a notable lineup of amenities, including a free hot breakfast served in a bright space that’s part of the airy lobby, and free coffee and tea are available all day. There's also a full-service bar that opens in the afternoon. 

The 24-hour gym has up-to-date equipment, including free weights, a weight-training machine, a treadmill, an exercise bicycle, and an elliptical machine, and there's a striking mural of the city skyline that spans an entire wall. There's also a business center that has two computers and printers. Other features include a 24-hour minimart in the lobby, an ATM, concierge services, and free Wi-Fi throughout. There's no on-site parking, but a public lot one block away offers reasonable rates.

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