not a bad place...
We stayed at the Club Quarters for one night on Saturday, August 7, 2004. My husband and I were looking to do an inexpensive one-night getaway from our three young children, so I pricelined dowtown Philly hotels and this is what I got for $75. All things considered, this place was fine for that amount of money.
The hotel is very centrally located in CC Philly at 16th and Chestnut. There is a parking garage around the corner from the hotel and the hotel will validate your parking ticket for a discount. the discount will bring your parking expenses for one night down to $19.
The hotel is clean and well-appointed. It doesn't have any kind of bellhop service, so you are on your own with your bags, etc...which was fine for us because we just had one overnight bag.
Service at the front desk was quick and smooth. The Club Quarters is an entirely automated hotel, so it was just a matter of sticking our credit card in the machine and bam! We were checked in.
I also like the security system that is in place. You have to use your room key to operate the elevator, so if you aren't staying in the hotel and don't have a room key, you can't get upstairs. I thought this was a nice feature.
The room was small. Clean with smart lines and modern, but small. There was one double bed that was rather firm. There was a long desk with a TV, a microwave and a small fridge. The closet was really small and the bathroom was tiny. There is no tub; only a shower stall. Water pressure was OK. There was a hookup for your computer at the desk as well as a bookshelf that housed a dictionary, an atlas and a thesaraus. There was one chair in the room as well.
The hotel itself is short on some of the amenities I tend to like at a hotel, such as a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, etc...but for $75/night in a major city in the center of everything, I really couldn't complain for the price. Go check out the Four Seasons for $250/night if you want those kinds of amenties.
The restaurant on the hotel premises is Davio's, which is an upscale Italian restaurant. If you go there while you are staying at the hotel, they can charge the meal to your room for a 15% discount. We didn't eat there, but I have heard it is a great place. FYI, we ate at Bistro Romano on 2nd and Lombard, which has GREAT tableside Caesar Salad and good Italian food, but is less expensive than Davio's. We had drinks prior to dinner at the Continential Midtown on their rooftop deck at 18th and Chestnut - that is probably the best outdoor place in the city for drinks and it is one block away from the hotel.
Apparently there is a fitness center, which I did not see - I also saw a sign advertising that they will bring exercise equipment to your room.
My husband probably summed it up best - "this is a hotel that doesn't feel like a hotel." I would venture to say it's probably ideal for a business traveler or even a couple, but I wouldn't bring the family here - you'd be more comfortable in a Four Seasons, a Ritz or a Hyatt.
All that being said, it was a good deal for the price we paid. I'd stay there again at a comparable cost.