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
If you want to be conveniently located next to the convention center, this is perfect. Only steps away and close to the airport. I do recommend checking the room and bed, as the comforter and sheet situation was never fully complete on the 3 of my 5 nights. The restaurant has an excellent short-rib flatbread, but that is about it.
We were in town for the long Veterans Day weekend and selected Le Meriedien again given the pet friendly policy and convenient downtown location. All of the major sites are an easy walk or quick Uber. As remembered, the staff is lovely and everyone makes you feel welcome. We were upgraded to a deluxe king room with a view of Love Park. Our room was quiet and we enjoyed the extra space. All of the amenities are deluxe—plush towels, great bed, nice bath products. The gym has about 10 cardio machines and is well maintained. My one complaint is that the bar was understaffed and not well stocked on a busy Friday night. Then for breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday,
staff could not keep the breakfast bar stocked or the coffee flowing. The hotel was clearly at capacity and extra hands and supplies were needed.
Stayed here for wedding, amenities were fantastic. Carl and Ms McGlaucklin were so extremely helpful and pleasant! I hope that they’re there if you should choose to stay here. Dogs allowed. Tasty brunch available on weekend.