The Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel is a newly-built property just minutes from major attractions. Located steps from City Hall, this downtown hotel is the place to stay when visiting area colleges and universities, historic attractions, and the convention center. Located on the north side of the Vine Street Expressway, this relatively new hotel is not in the best of areas circa 2018, but as gentrification is steadily creeping northward from Center City that should quickly change. For now, it’s an excellent location for those looking for a low cost stay near the Convention Center.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The caveats are a less than desirable parking situation and a neighborhood with some forbidding areas.
Rooms are minimal, clean but outfitted with inexpensive furniture and bedding. The dressers, desks and nightstands and headboards are particle board in a bright orange faux wood. Standard guest rooms include 32” flat panel TV’s, refrigerator, coffee maker, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi, ironing board, safe, four pillows, charging stations for mobile electronics. Some rooms have windows that open, others do not, such is hotel life.
There are only glass door showers and no bathtubs. Some shower heads are detachable but not all. Pantene hair products and "Aromae" aromatherapeutic (in scents like lavender, eucalyptus, etc.) soaps and body washes. Towels are on the small size.
A spacious lobby opens up on Vine Street. There are lots of earth tones (greys, browns) with mosaic tile walls, pergo tile floors, uneven cut stone surround walls. Comfortable plush chairs abound. There’s a rock garden in the middle for some variety. The same motif continues into the breakfast area next door. There’s an electric fireplace for those cold nights in the city.
There is a 24/7 gym with one elliptical, one recumbent bicycle, one treadmill, a weight bench, and some resistance straps. Towels and a purell dispenser are available.
Complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet is served everyday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Scrambled Eggs, toast, waffles, cereal, tea, coffee, juices are served.
Breakfast is complimentary!
Jefferson Station, the City's Regional Rail is a 10-minute walk away. Uber/lyft and cabs will get you everywhere faster than walking (obviously) and can be easiest for the Art Museum or Stadiums.
Chinatown (2-minute walk) One of the nation's biggest Chinatowns has a large selection of authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants. Nom Wah Philadephia (3-minutes walk) is a New York outpost of dim sum served made to order and is BYOB. Parada Maimon (3-minute walk) is a small, cozy, Dominican restaurant serves regional specialties like arroz con pollo and mofongo.
Trestle Inn (5-minute walk) is a kitschy 70’s retro style former go-go bar known to bring the funk with the best late night dancing in town and has a full bar and nice karaoke night. Open until 2 a.m. Underground Arts (3-minute walk) is a basement performing venue that brings a variety of local and national music and comedy headliners for a standing room crowd.