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Elegant, centrally located hotel with spacious lobby and cocktail bar
The Westin Philadelphia is an elegant, centrally located hotel that provides ample space for guests to relax. The lobby is full of soft tones, crown moldings, crystal chandeliers, and marble floors. A baby grand piano and cocktail bar complete the welcoming lobby. Beyond this bar and one on-site restaurant, there isn't much of a scene at this hotel. But the central location means guests will be within easy walking distance of the best Philadelphia shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Attached to the Shops at Liberty Place and a short walk to Rittenhouse Square
The Westin Philadelphia has a central downtown location attached to the Shops at Liberty Place, and is just a few minutes walk to City Hall and Rittenhouse Square. The area boasts a wide range of dining, shopping, and nightlife options.
Center City is Philadelphia's commercial and cultural center, and the vast majority of the city's hotels are clustered in this neighborhood. Popular historical sites, including Independence Hall, are located here, as is the Philadelphia Museum of Art (fronted by the stone steps made famous in the Rocky films). The picturesque Rittenhouse Square Park, located in the southwest area of the neighborhood, is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and bars. The ornate City Hall, built in 1901, is the second tallest masonry building in the world; its tower is a prominent fixture of the Philadelphia skyline.
Stylish rooms with Heavenly Beds and Starbucks coffee
The 294 rooms and 19 suites offer standard Westin style with signature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath products. City views are excellent and marble bathrooms include chrome dual showerheads. Room perks include fluffy bathrobes and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee. One notable feature is the fact that the desk and chair face the room rather than the wall.
Lovely lobby and event space, but lacking amenities of similar nearby hotels
The Westin Philadelphia is appealing for its central downtown location and elegant lobby, but it lacks the amenities of similar downtown hotels. While the hotel does offer a small and cramped fitness center, it does not offer a pool or spa. There is a business center and free newspapers can be found in the lobby.
Winthorpe & Valentine restaurant, plus a lobby lounge
The lobby lounge serves drinks and light fare in the evenings, though opening times vary. The one full-service restaurant in the hotel is Winthorpe & Valentine, located off the lobby area. Decor includes dark wood panels and red leather chairs. There is a marble bar for cocktails and the main dining room serves high-end contemporary cuisine. There are also many nearby dining options beyond the hotel in Rittenhouse Square.
The Westin Philadelphia is an elegant hotel with a central location close to Rittenhouse Square, shopping, and dining. The lobby is tucked away on the second floor, giving the hotel a somewhat private feel. Marble floors and crystal chandeliers in the lobby create a lovely space to relax outside of the room. A total of 294 rooms and 19 suites feature trademark Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath products, along with flat-screen TVs, fluffy bathrobes, and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee. Business travelers might appreciate big desks that look into the room, and not against the wall. The hotel has a cramped fitness center, but no pool or spa, and fees for Wi-Fi and parking add up fast.