The Westin Philadelphia Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Elegant hotel with central location close to Rittenhouse Square
  • Simple, contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Fluffy bathrobes and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee
  • Signature Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath products
  • Easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
  • Spacious marble lobby with areas to relax and cocktail bar
  • Room layouts include work desks that don't face the wall
  • Nice on-site restaurant and cocktail bar

Cons

  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi and parking
  • No pool or spa
  • Doors tend to slam, causing some hallway noise
  • Cramped fitness center

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 19-minute drive or 26-minutes by train to Philadelphia International Airport
  • Connected to the Shops at Liberty Place
  • 3-minute drive or 8-minute walk to Rittenhouse Square Park
  • 4-minute drive or 10-minute walk to City Hall
  • 6-minute drive or 13-minute walk to the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 6-minute drive, 8-minutes by bus, or 21-minute walk to 30th St. Station
  • 7-minute drive or 23-minute walk to Independence National Historic Park (home to Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell)
  • 7-minute drive or 24-minute walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 10-minute drive or 21-minutes by bus to Penn's Landing, a waterfront neighborhood that's home to several historic ships visitors can tour, Adventure Aquarium, and the Independence Seaport Museum
  • 11-minute drive or 27 minutes by bus to the Philadelphia Zoo

 Rooms

Stylish rooms with Heavenly Beds and Starbucks coffee

The King Guest Room at The Westin Philadelphia
The King Guest Room at The Westin Philadelphia

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.

  • Fluffy bathrobes
  • Heavenly Beds
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Desk and chair facing the room
  • Coffeemakers featuring Starbucks
  • Mini-bars with sensors
  • CD Players
  • Shower/tub combos with dual showerheads and Heavenly Bath toiletries
  • Central air and heat
  • Wi-Fi for a daily fee

 Features

Lovely lobby and event space, but lacking amenities of similar nearby hotels

Lobby at The Westin Philadelphia
Lobby at The Westin Philadelphia

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.

  • Elegant lobby and lounge for small meetings or laptop use
  • Friendly staff and concierge service
  • Free newspaper selection in the lobby
  • Small fitness center that receives natural light
  • No pool or spa
  • Seven meeting rooms and two ballrooms
  • Wedding specialist on-site
  • Business center
  • Valet and self-parking options (both come with hefty fees)
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 Food

Winthorpe & Valentine restaurant, plus a lobby lounge

Winthorpe & Valentine at The Westin Philadelphia
Winthorpe & Valentine at The Westin Philadelphia

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.

  • Lobby lounge for evening cocktails and light fare
  • Winthorpe & Valentine cocktail lounge
  • Winthorpe & Valentine dining room
  • Central location near many of Philadelphia's best dining choices

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Room Types

  • Deluxe City View Room
  • Suite
  • Traditional Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 313
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Center City, Philadelphia
Address: 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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