With a view of the William Penn statue atop City Hall on one side, and the neon glow of the sign that crowns the top of Benjamin Franklin House, a noted restaurant on site and many of the most popular attractions within walking distance, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a unique gem.
Location! Location! Location!
Some of the best views of the Philadelphia skyline can be found on the 33rd floor of this historic building, which is actually the very first skyscraper ever constructed in the United States. Looking out the windows of our own room, it was easy to imagine how awe struck people of 1932 must have been when gazing upon the city for the first time from a bird’s eye vantage point.
This hotel is perfectly situated in a downtown area packed with things to see, do and eat. Reading Terminal Market is just one block away, Independence National Historic park – where you’ll find the liberty bell, Independence Hall, and more– an easy six block stroll. It seems every block between here and where you might like to go, has it’s own character, architectural wonders, and unique artwork. You can easily leave your car in the parking garage and not miss it.
12 Fit Spa is a unique mix of spa and gym. There is a heated two-lane lap pool and cardio center, as well as saunas. You can still get a body treatment or facial, but there isn’t a lounging or kiddie pool.
Bank & Bourbon the hotel bar and restaurant is a hip take on American classic cuisine and cocktails with a modern twist. Read on for our favorite offerings from the kitchen.
Let me start by saying that we shared the hotel with what seemed like a very large convention of some sort. The place was packed. Even with a huge volume to deal with, some of the staff still really went above and beyond.
Anthony in Concierge was our unofficial, personal ambassador to Philadelphia. From the moment he helped with our bags, to every time we passed by the desk, he had a smile and a tip for us. We’d have never headed over to Reading Terminal Market without his advice, or known that there was a great sports memorabilia shop right behind the hotel – the 10 year old was thrilled at that news! He guided us along the six block walk to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In short, the guy is a gem.
We have a family tradition when traveling, the ‘Room Service Dessert Picnic.’ This sweet indulgence is what we use to bribe the kids into not bugging us for sweets everywhere we go. Everyone gets to order one dessert of the menu and has to share. If I’m being honest, it’s my favorite part of the trip too.
Cheryl in Room Service helped make this one of our best picnics ever. She guided us through the extensive menu, asking what the kids’ favorite flavors were, telling us about her favorites, describing each treat as though she were the host of a Cooking Channel show.
The fresh-made donut (warm and fluffy) topped with vanilla bean ice cream and cookie crumbles, served with a side of bourbon caramel sauce was a HUGE hit. Pastry Chef at Bank & Bourbon might be getting a love letter from this family.
Loews Hotels are luxury-level properties, so you can expect that you won’t be getting that $49 rate you found on that discount site. That said, you can find a luxury level room for around $200 on a weekend night. For comparison in the area other luxury hotels – like say a Ritz Carlton – run about $275 for a basic room.
Valet parking runs around $46 a day. Bringing along your furry family member? Loews hotels do an amazing job at being pet-friendly. At this location you can get dog-walking route maps, pet placemats, water bowls, treats, doggie pick-up bags and more for $40. They even have pet sitting options as well as their human babysitting services.
Our family spends a lot of time in hotels… like, a lot. The kids themselves have become experts in their own right on what makes a great amenity and whether a hotel is really family-friendly. The teen was impressed that Loews hotels think of her age group by presenting them with music download gift cards. In her words, “Bonus! Saving data for the win… Mommm.”
Guests 10 and under receive a “Loews Loves Kids” welcome gift. Our kids didn’t get these, but in all fairness this could be because staff didn’t notice them as they were glued to the wall of TVs in the lobby lounge. This property also has “Kids Closet,” offering things you might want or need during your stay, like; board games, books, car seats, strollers, night-lights, potty seats, baby bathtub, baby blankets, outlet protectors, self-contained DVD players with age appropriate DVDs—and more.