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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- 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
Walking distance to my downtown Philly meetings, the hotel is a cool place to stay. Efficient front desk handled my check in and valet parking (valet was busy, so she tracked down a claim check for my keys). Check out also efficient. Room was large, clean, and bed was comfortable. Will stay here again.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for Valentines Day. After check in we had a small issue with the room, which we brought to the front desk. At the front desk, Tanika could not have been more accommodating, friendly and just a great person. She sat with me while the problem was fixed and offered me food and drinks while I waited. I have never been treated better in a hotel. Tanika was the best person ever; if she is not in a leadership position at the hotel already she DEFINITELY should be!! Everyone else from the wait staff to the maintenance man were extremely welcoming and helpful. Cannot wait to be back and I recommend anyone staying in Philly to stay here with my girl Tanika.
Beautiful hotel at a great location. There are many places within walking distance, the convention center, Reading terminal market, subway, train station, and great restaurants. Rooms are quiet and clean. The staff is very friendly. This is my second visit and I would definitely return! Great restaurant and bar on site.
Great property, friendly and attentive staff. The bed was great and provided a restful nights sleep. Great location close to many sites and shopping. The free latte was a nice touch and I loved the cappuccino machine in the lobby
I was at the hotel for a 2 day conference at the Convene conference center (walking distance, about 12 minutes). Le Meridien is in an older building - it did not appear to be handicapped accessible - you had to walk up and down about 6 steps to get in/out.
I had a room with 2 double beds, facing the interior of the hotel and it was quite nice. Tub+shower which you don't always find nowadays. Some things that I like in a bathroom are a lot of counter space and a makeup mirror - this had both. Also, it had comcast/xfinity TV service with a voice remote that also allowed you to pause live TV, plus you could access On Demand. It was quiet and I could not hear the guests in other rooms (not sure how full the hotel was because it was winter).
There is an armoire for clothes with plenty of hangers and a small "create your own combination" safe.
We ate dinner at Jamonera Restaurant (tapas - recommend the fried goat cheese & salad). The hotel has a restaurant and bar, with $5 locally brewed beer, and a la carte breakfast (chicken sausage and eggs were good, typically high hotel prices though). Coffee was just OK, but it is free at the bar in the morning and there is also a small Keurig machine in the lobby. The breakfast waiters/waitresses were very friendly.
If you forget a toothbrush, toothpaste, bandaid, etc. they have them for free at the front desk. Did not see any kind of hotel store for snacks, etc. and am not sure if the room had a fridge or coffee maker.
Overall was completely fine for business travel - might look for something cheaper for personal travel.