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
Very nice property across from Convention center . Smaller, quieter and less hectic than the Marriott at the convention center.
The room lacked a desk . Bed was comfortable. Whoever thought the sliding barn door was a good idea for the bathroom should try staying in the room .
We were greeted like stars every day! The room was clean, beds were very comfy (pillow top?), room was soundproof, which our dog really appreciated during thunderstorms. They provided water, tea and coffee and fruits downstairs. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the pillows but I have neck issues and brought my own. I would definitely stay here again!
My wife and I spent two nights at Le Meridien over the July 4 holiday. The service was excellent, the staff was very accommodating, and the room was spotless and well designed. They even accommodated our dog. Hghly recommended.
The place was amazing. The Room service was excellent. The staff were friendly & very helpful. The food was a little costly, but the location explains it. The hotel is next to a public transportation. The valet workers made sure our uber was for us. I really enjoyed myself and I would recommend this hotel to family & friends.
This my first stay at a Le Meridien property now that they’re part of the Bonvoy program.
It was nice, but not to the level I thought Le Meridien’s were hyped to be.
The room was nice, bed comfortable, bathroom adequate and the Malin+Goethe amenities were very nice.
The temperature and thermostat was one that seemed to kick off if it didn’t sense movement in the room which was annoying.
The fire alarm situation left much to be desired but that was unfortunate.
I do have to say the staff at the lobby bar was very nice and welcoming.
Other than that, can’t say I’d return in a city full of great accommodations.