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)
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Philadelphia
- 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
Stayed two nights for the Army-Navy game. The room was clean and the location downtown put you within walking distance to many attractions. However, the food we ate was mediocre at best and the service was slow. I'm sure they were overwhelmed because they were full, but they surely knew that going into the weekend. But the worst experience occurred to my brother-in-law who was also staying at Le Meridien. After the valet service retrieved his car and he stopped to get gas, He saw that his car had been damaged while in care of the hotel. It appeared to have been covered over with some type of tape and then spray painted. The spray paint could be seen on the rear tire near the damage. To have wrecked his car and then try to cover it up was beyond just poor service. Will not stay here again.
--was a last minute reason that put me in Le Meridien or Philly in general. I won't lie Le Meridien was not my first choice but Philly was busy I guess..
--Check in was great, staff friendly etc, guys opened the door for you.
--get to my room, kick up my feet and turn TV and wouldn't come on, call front desk, 10 minutes later a tech comes in and fixes TV.
--Go out for dinner come back, kick feet up, turn TV on and again same problem, call front desk, 15 minutes later tech comes in and fixes it.
--Wake up, turn TV on and same problem but this time I was able to fix it myself as I was paying attention to how the tech did it the night before but still shouldn't happen every time you turn the TV on as it is a waste of time. I will say the techs were
very nice and professional
--I then go to shower. Shower was good but who decided to put the soap tray right in the middle of the shower taking away a good 6 inches of the shower when most soap trays are either under the shower head or at the back of the shower. Weird set-up and hit my elbow on it numerous time trying to maneuver in the shower.
--Check out was good, all in all a good quick 24 stay but don't think it was worth the price to be honest with you and I get I was a late reason that got me to Philly but a steep price for Le Meridien to be honest with you even as busy as Philly seemed to be that night.
--I am not familiar with Philly in general but location was prime.
I just stayed 4 nights while on a business trip. Staff is great, elevators come fast. The room was small but appointed properly ... room safe, large screen TV, comfortable bed + pillows, roomy modern bathroom, coffee maker, free wifi. Nice bathroom products - Malin & Goetz. Complimentary coffee and newspapers in the lobby each morning. There is no cab stand, there are valet staff but they never offered to get me a cab, so used Uber frequently. A quick 2 block walk to the Convention Centre and Reading Market, a fun and historic food market. If this location works for you, it's a nice property!!!
The rooms were a little small and the hotel was a cute location however it can be easy improved upon with some minimal touch, we stay during marathon week when it was extremely busy and difficult to get a room, and rates were very expensive, if you get a deal like on Groupon a decent choice but not for the rate we got.
We booked multiple rooms for our Family Holiday for 4 days and 3 nights. Very first night TVs did not work, Waited past midnight for them to repair situation. Then found out the toilet was stopped up, so waited until next morning to call repair. Toilet was unstopped when we got back but after one use it was back up again that afternoon. We had them come back the 2nd day to unstop, then on 3rd day sure enough, stopped up again. Already in the room and ready to go to bed, allowed them to come and unstop, had to leave and bring back a huge electric plunger. Smelled room up...ugg
as the repair person was leaving at 10:30pm, noticed a lot of liquid droppings across floor and he had placed towels around base of toilet. Said he would immediately send up house keeping. Waited until 11:30 for house keeping to come clean bathroom and bring new towels. After they left, I still noticed the residue spots in floor, where floor was not mopped properly. Actually was making me ill to think of what was on the floors, toilets etc after these episodes. Our other room also had TV not working and they had to come fix it. We also did not get rooms cleaned on last night and had to request clean towels. Regarding Valet.....First they charge $46 a night plus tax so you pay $56 per night for valet parking which you basically need in the city. Ordered the car on 2nd night and it was raining, it took over 30 minutes to get the car after asking if the car had been received at Valet Desk. On the next day I pulled into valet and two people were there but one kept looking at his phone and the other just stood there. I waited on the side and started waving the keys and finally got noticed. On the day we were leaving, one of our party has a little trouble walking up and down the steps to get into and out of this hotel, they had come down to check out but forgot something and had to go back inside. The Valet was leaning on the railing that was needed for them to walk into the hotel. Did not move or offer to help open the door for them. After we checked out, I told the lady at the desk how dissappointed we were and she basically had no reaction. I waited to say something after I reviewed the bill, so she knew my complaint was sincere and not to get anything off the invoice. After the cold non response, I did relay that I would be writing a review, which I had not planned on doing but I think her reaction was the straw that broke the camels back.
Would not recommend this hotel, there are much better selections in as good of a location to City