What We Love
- Juxtaposition of original architectural details with modern decor and art
- Delicious French fare at lobby-level Amuse restaurant
- Hip lobby bar — perfect for a drink before hitting the town
What To Know
- Some rooms have interior views
- The gym is small but open 24 hours (as is the business center)
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- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Let’s get this out of the way up front: This sleek Philadelphia hotel is housed in a former YMCA. But understand that this wasn’t your father’s YMCA — more like your great-grandfather’s. Famed architect Trumbauer infused the building with the sophisticated neoclassical details befitting a hotel or college building, including a gorgeous library. And Le Meridien Philadelphia gracefully incorporates them all into its design with a playful juxtaposition of the old — soaring ceilings, ornamental arches, tigerwood-paneled walls — with the new.
Bed & Bath
The hotel’s heritage has bestowed it with 41 different floor plans for the 195 guestrooms, resulting in some being cozier than others, and some having striking city views while others look out at brick walls. The rooms largely eschew color, with textured gray walls and carpets and white armoires with a damask motif complemented by red velvet drapery. The bathrooms are big enough, with glass-encased showers.
Lobby-level restaurant, Amuse, serves tasty French fare in a modern brasserie-style dining room. All the usual suspects are present for breakfast (pastries, pancakes, French toast and eggs every way), while the serious dinner dishes include an expertly prepared salmon roulade and a must-try steak frites. The open-plan layout encompasses the laid-back lobby bar — a handy pitstop before a night out. For business travelers, the small gym and business center are open 24 hours a day.
How to Get There
Lovely smaller hotel in perfect location. Just steps from convention center and Old City Hall. Centered essentially between Liberty Bell area and Art Museums. Friendly staff, beautiful clean rooms. I love that it is the oldest YMCA building in the city that has been converted into a hotel! Unique.
Friendly staff at the bar, can comfortably eat there as well.
I would pass on dining in the restaurant IF dining room busy though- we waited >1 hour for salads at lunchtime on a busy day. In all fairness, the waitress did warn us that there would be a wait as they had a large party coming in, we simply underestimated what that wait time would actually be however. I did hear that the food is very good however if you go at a more quiet time.
All in all I thought the great hotel at a very fair price and would love the opportunity to stay there again!
This property features nicely appointed rooms in a renovated building. It is conveniently located within a short walk to the Philadelphia Convention Center. Room service selections were limited but high quality. Clean up of the room varied greatly from day to day.
Great location near the convention center. Friendly and helpful staff. Delicious breakfast when I ordered.room service. Rooms nicely updated and modern. Good value stay. Will return another time for sure.
A very nice place with a great location in downtown and close to public transportation, ie, the subway, theaters, museums and shopping. Parking is available by valet. Services were excellent. I left a jacket; the staff had found it and turned it in. It was ready for me to pick-up after I called. Appreciated that! Did not eat there, but the dining room was very inviting.
The hotel is beautiful and in a great location. The staff was friendly. The WiFi worked great. Things I did not like: The rooms are very dark. I was always looking for another light to turn on. I was disappointed in the food in the restaurant. The French onion soup was topped with cheese instead of pastry and quite oily. Everything else I had was only so-so.