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
My stay was absolutely horrible. I have to wait more then 30 min for breakfast to be made with only two guests and the restaurant. Only one server too. I ordered lunch room service and waited in total 2.5 hours. I finally got the lunch sandwich, not exactly what I ordered, after numerous phone calls to the lobby. Also asked for extra towels and pillows, never got them. Complained numerous times.
Absolutely the worst hotel stay for me.
We got a really good rate at this hotel, which I would say is a “solid” four star spot. Nothing great, but perfectly serviceable. Good location, too.
The room looked to be recently renovated, if a bit small, and was clean. Front desk folks were very pleasant.
The lobby bar is lovely!
This is my second time at this hotel. The location is not to be beat. Right in Center City, right in front of City Hall, halfway between the Liberty Bell and the Art Museum on the Parkway. I got a great deal on Hotel Tonight, and there is absolutely nothing bad to say about this hotel. Newly refurbished, nice hotel bar, just all around a terrific location.