Best Western Center City Hotel
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After arriving from my trans-Atlantic flight in Philadelphia, I had booked one night's stay at the Best Western Center City Hotel before travelling onward to Atlantic City.
Conveniently located one block off Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this hotel gives great access to Philadelphia's museum district with many popular tourist attractions within easy walking distance.
Rooms are of average size with en suite facilities and provided with the usual toiletries. A multi-channel television is provided in the room.
The hotel itself is a little on the tired side, but given pricing and location, this makes a good option for those looking for a central location without paying the expensive prices of hotels within the area.
Unique Quality: Whilst dining options immediately within the hotel's vicinity are few, the hotel itself has a bar which serves the usual bar food options. You can choose to order your food and eat in the bar itself or opt to have it 'to go' and take it to your room.
The bar has a number of TV screens and is geared up for sports viewing.
Outside of bar hours, the ground floor has a selection of food and drink dispensing machines which provide for snacks/light dining options and hot and cold drinks.
One of the worst hotels in Philly
Deteriorating facilities coupled with an indifferent night staff made this visit a memorable one to say the least.
Plumbing problems in one room very late at night, we finally got the desk clerk to change our room (they wanted to send maintanence up in an hour or so), anyway the "new" room had a heater so loud and grating (it's 20 degrees outside). Then we had lamps that did not work (we traded lamps out of the "old" room). Finally got to sleep around 3 AM, when we arose around 7 am to shower, the shower ran hot to cold, scalding hot back to freezing cold and the shower curtain was covered in mold.
We wrote to AAA who at the time rated this hotel three stars. We got a letter back from BWCenter City which was less than apologetic. We are the customer, and paying $150.00 a night we at least deserved a good night's sleep.
2 years have passed and I noticed in the AAA guidebook BWCC has been downgraded to two stars. Good thinking AAA
Unique Quality: We chose this hotel for it's proximity to the Philadelphia Art Museum...that is it's one redeeming quality.
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