- Reviews: 24
Howard Johnson: Good Quality, Cheap Price
I was very happy with my stay here with the exception of the itchy sheets. It had a great little restaurant downstairs next to the lobby with a wide variety of food, open late. My room was spacious, and the bathroom was filled with all the usual products (I didn't have a chance to test them out). The TV had all the latest movies and great networks. All around the hotel was quite and I felt safe, (which is so important to me).
My only complaint would be the bed. It was fairly hard and the sheets were itchy. I was so tired though, it didn't bug me as much as it normally would.
They did however provide a shuttle to the Newark, NJ airport and made my wake up call on time.
I would stay here again (but bring my own sheets.)
- Reviews: 14
If you're arriving on Amtrak...
I would say your best bet is taking the Amtrak into Philly if you live near another Amtrak station, especially on the east coast. You will arrive at 30th Street Station, which is technically about 15 blocks or so from "Center City" - not a very long taxi ride at all. It will definitely cost less than 10 dollars unless you're arriving during rush hour, in which case it might cost a bit more, but really from 30th street to Center City it's a straight shot for 15 blocks or so and is not a difficult drive at all. There are ALWAYS taxis outside the station as trains arrive at almost all hours of the day.
Philadelphia's streets are arranged in a very strait forward manner, so if you'd like to be closer to the train station you should look for a street number closer to 30, however the unfortunate aspect of taking the train is that if you'd like to stay in one of the nicer parts of town, for instance a part of South Philadelphia near the aforementioned attractions (where Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are located), you're looking at a much longer taxi ride, as that area begins around 10th street or so, and progresses as the number get lower. Of course you may get lucky and have no traffic, but in reality it's a big city with traffic so you can't exactly rely on that.
If you use the link for amtrak (www.amtrak.com) you can find the address of 30th Street Station (or just Google it), and from there you can research some hotels you'd like to stay at, and use Google maps (www.maps.google.com) to calculate how far from the train station each of the hotels are.
- Reviews: 568
Ramada Inn: Ramada Inn, a little far from the Airport
Full Service Hotel, has everything to make guests feeling comfortable. This hotel is centrally located, it takes few mns only from all major attractions of Historic Bucks County. Hotel's parking spot is great & offers much space!
I yet thought it's rather far from the Airport as the cab took about a 20 mns drive from the Airport to hotel.
- Reviews: 489
Antique Row Bed and Breakfast: Close to the action, but not too close
The Antique Row Bed and Breakfast is of the self-serve variety. When you book your room, hostess Barbara Pope will ask you what you want for breakfast and provide it for you before your arrival. Our room had a kitchenette where we made our own breakfast. This is not a knock on the place, but I feel that it must be said in case some of you expect to eat in a special dining room.
The reason for this is that the B&B is spread over different nearby buildings of the Center City area. However, no matter where you stay, the location is excellent.
Barbara is a wonderful, efficient hostess who takes the time to show you around and answer all your questions. She is always just a phone call away.
Also, the B&B is located near South Street, which is one of the few places in town that does not close down after 5 p.m. However, the street on which our room was located was a quiet, residential one.
- Reviews: 9
Bank Street Hostel: Not for Everyone, but a GREAT deal!
I was involved in planning a 3 day conference in Philadelphia, and was faced with the choice between driving back and forth to my home in Media, PA, or paying over $100 a night for a hotel room that I would only be using to sleep and shower in. My solution was to stay at the Bank Street Hostel for $21 a night.
They do not accept credit cards, but you can reserve a room in advance by sending a money order with the dates of your stay. I was going down on a Thursday, so I just showed up, and I had no problem getting a bed.
The building is old, but the rooms were clean, and the beds comfortable. I arrived Thursday at 5 PM, and paid a total of $44 ($21 a night for 2 nights, plus a one-time $2 sheet rental). There are 3 rooms, one for women, one for men and an overflow room that MAY be mixed gender, depending on the demand for rooms that evening.
The women's room is on the 2nd floor. The staircases are narrow, typical of buildings that age. When you walk into the room, you enter a small sitting room with a futon, and from there you enter another door to get to the beds and bathrooms.
The beds are a series of bunkbeds encircling the room. I believe there were 18 bunk beds, for a total of 36 bunks, but I didn't really count them.
The bathrooms are through yet another door, and the women's room has 3 stalls, 3 sinks, and 4 showers. I woke up VERY early each morning, so I had no conflicts with getting a shower, but this may be a concern during more popular waking hours.
The hostel requires that guests leave by 10 AM and they are not allowed to return until 4:30 PM, so be SURE you have EVERYTHING you need for the day before leaving. In addition, there is a curfew of 12:30 Sunday through Thursday, with a later curfew of 1 AM for Friday and Saturday nights.
In conclusion, this is NOT a place for you if you are looking for a romantic get-away, but it is great if you are looking for a cheap room convenient to the historical attractions of Philadelphia.
Obviously, a hostel is NOT for everyone. There were no age restrictions at the Bank Street Hostel (some hostels require you be a student, or under 35, etc) however you have to be willing to sleep in a room with 35 total strangers and share bathroom facilities.
There are no TV's in the bedrooms, but there is one downstairs in the lobby, and the hostel shows a movie at 9 PM each evening. There is also a pool table in the lobby.
You can bring your own twin sheets to save the $2 sheet rental fee. The hostel does provide a pillow and a blanket without charge.
- Reviews: 10
The most of the hotels are in...
The most of the hotels are in center city and quite expensive. Rate may cause you in between 100 and 200 US $. There is very reasonable rate motel in Philly and managed by one of the religious organizations. The place is called Divine Tracy. Daily Rate varies in between 26 and 35 US$. However, there are some rules and regulations you have to follow. You can make reservation and find out more. Phone (215)382-4310. Address: #20 South 36 Street, PA 19104
easy to go around the city from that motel. All interesting places are within short distance by walking,train, bus or taxi.
- Reviews: 49
Well, I'm not going to go on...
Well, I'm not going to go on with Philadelphia, because I live about 30 minutes west of Philly in Kennett Square, PA...literally 'Mushroom capital of the world.'
In Kennett, you should find a place to stay as far away as possible, because there are no hotels or motels here, and even if there were, they would probably be very dirty.
Stay in West Chester, PA, any hotel.
- Reviews: 6240
Th Racquet Club of Philadelphia
The Racquet Club of Philadelphia is a historic private social club, which was established in 1889. The present facility, complete with indoor pool, gym, squash, court tennis, and racquet ball courts, was constructed in 1907 and place d on the national register of historic places in 1979.
The Racquet Club has 13 rooms ranging from reasonably sized suites to tiny rooms, just large enough for a queen sized bed. The room prices start around $130 a night for the smallest and go up to about $200 for the large suites. Amenities include free wi-fi, a complimentary continental breakfast, a business room, and a small HDTV. Guests are free to use any of the athletic facilities as well as the restaurant and bar (just be sure to follow the dress code--collared shirts are a must for gentlemen).
The hotel is open to non-members for an additional $20 per room per night. You can also reserve a block of rooms for events in the club, such as wedding receptions.
My favorite part of this location is the hidden stairways and passageways. We even discovered a path up to the roof, which offered a beautiful view to the south of Philadelphia.
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