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
Just spent 3 nights here. Nice comfy room. Quiet. , Friendly staff. Free champagne and appetizer on Saturday evening. Great location. Don't opt to "go green" as it means no housecleaning, no fresh coffee cups or coffee.
Had an overnight stay in Philly at this hotel and was impressed! Great location, modern and classic at the same time. Room was somewhat small, but had all the good stuff (nice TV, USB ports, sick bathroom products!) Staff was also helpful and courteous!
The front desk staff was very efficient and friendly. Our room could not have been more lovely. From the very tasteful decor to the quiet location, we could not have imagined better accommodations. My husband and I both have bad backs and the bed met our demanding needs.
The hotel is conveniently located to sights and art galleries a short walk away.
One evening after an intense day of sightseeing, we were treated to champagne and meringues in the lobby!
We look forward to our next trip to Philadelphia and will most certainly make reservations with Le Meridien.
The hotel is excellent value and location. And the staff was outstanding. We really enjoy the dining option at the hotel. The hotel is in the middle of all attractions.
There is a coutyard in the middle of the hotel.
This hotel is centrally located with a great view of all the homeless people in front. There is no spa, pool, however, there is a small work out facility. The room was large, but very modern. No tubs in the updated rooms, just showers. Staff was ok, but somewhat indiffernent. I will say that the bell hops had me wait before I got into the cab so she could negotiate a better tip for her with the driver. It took my time and I didn't like it. All in all, just an ok experience. Would not stay again.