Fodor's Expert Review Club Quarters Hotel in Philadelphia

1628 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

Hoping to capture the look and feel of an old Scotch-and-cigar parlor, Philadelphia's branch of Club Quarters, branded as \"CQ Hotel,\" has a little more style than the typical business-minded lodge. Companies that sign up for memberships earn their traveling employees a series of complimentary amenities, such as access to a private lounge and premium-speed Wi-Fi. All guests have access to the skylit lobby lounge area and the clean-lined, earth-toned guest rooms, equipped with modern workspaces. You can't get much more central than the hotel's primo Center City location, across Chestnut Street from Liberty Place.


Standard rooms keep it simple and neat in soothing earth tones for the one to the two-night business traveler. They have one queen size bed,300 thread count sheets, a front desk, a local HDTV and smart TV to plug into Hulu and Netflix, a closet (inside the closet is an iron, iron board, bonus yoga kit, extra pillow and an extra blanket.) No robes or slippers but there’s a charged national and internationally phone inside the room and the alarm usually has a charger for an iPhone.


Standard bathrooms have a walk in shower, only the suites have a bathtub. Gilchrist & Soames Essential Elements by BATHE fresh neroli fragrance, punchy citrus palette bath amenities are provided.


The minimalist, chic lobby has a skylight view and the attached club "living room" has a stylish open library feel for the business traveler with modern art touches. Everday from 5-6 pm free red or white wine and finger food snacks are served.

The lobby has stocked fridge: sodas, seltzers, snacks everyday from 11am-6pm.


The small gym has weights, treadmills, yoga mats, and one weight machine to have an express work out. There is a purified water machine with empty bottles to fill on each floor and in the gym.


The historic building shares space with Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, open for guests and the public from 7 am to 10 pm. Davios serves brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The classy joint makes local twists like Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls alongside antipasti, steak and martinis and has gluten-free options and very reasonably priced "power lunches."


Davio's serves the classic cocktails like martinis, margaritas and cosmopolitan with top-shelf liquor and serves beers on tap and bottle.


Getting Around

Smack in Center City, everything is walkable or uber-able. A 1-minute walk across the street takes you to the 42 bus line to go from East (Penn's Landings) to West (University City.)


Caffe L'Aquilla (1-minute walk) has coffee, booze, desserts and sandwiches in a Florentine setting. Steve's Prince of Cheeseteaks (1-minute walk) is the front desk's recommendation for best nearby cheesesteak. Reading Terminal Market (13-minute walk) is a famous indoor farmer’s market with the best of Philly's food that’s been around since 1892.


1518 Bar and Grill (1-minute walk) has mediocre pub eats and a great happy hour, Monday to Friday 5 to 7pm with lots of beer on tap and bottle. Ladder 15 (3-minute walk) is a very popular spacious pub with a popular happy hour and New American snacks in a former firehouse.


The front-desk is staffed 24/7 with knowledgeable and kind concierges. There is unlimited purified water and bottles, a plus in today's hotels. The locations is sweet and the chic, the parking is cheap and there is a nice feng shui to the simple layout in a historic building makes for a pleasant business or leisure stay.


275 rooms, 18 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service dinner only
Parking Lot


Phones: 215-282–5000

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