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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the historic City Hall Annex, and the original brass, copper, and bronze details on the elevators and staircases have been lovingly refinished. It's across the street from its sister property, the Philadelphia Marriott; both provide easy access to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The comfortable guest rooms have complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, supportive beds and expansive workstations. Some rooms have excellent views of City Hall's elaborate Victorian architecture. The new fitness center gets plenty of natural light and features machines equipped with flat-screen televisions.
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The standard rooms have a revamped blue and cream theme that is slightly more boutiquey and stylized with some modern Philadelphiaphia themed art. There are red and yellow touches to the blue and cream geometric carpeting. It has all the perks of a Marriot: coffee maker/tea service, individual climate control, spiffy new black and white headboards, luxury bedding-crisp linens, thick mattresses, custom comforters, fluffy pillows, mini fridge, desk and cable TV.
Tip Foam pillows, pull-out sofa bed, rollaway bed, crib and microwave ovens are all available upon request.
Every bathroom has a standard ceramic sink and black granite tiled standing shower or a tub, depending on the room, 100% Egyptian cotton towels and Paul Mitchell products.
The lobby is beautifully polished marble with chandeliers, but with modern touches like contemporary art and furniture and mixes of patterns and colors. There is an atrium, with plenty of open seating, and front desk check-in. There's classic sophisticated décor and elegant 1920's style furnishings.
The full-size gym is open 24/7 and has the Life Fitness cardio with individual flat screen TVs, dumbbells and weight machines.
There is a Starbucks in the lobby open morning and night. The on-site hotel restaurant is called NINETEEN 26 and offers cocktails and classic American fare with Philadelphia themes like the compulsory Philly Cheesesteak, and more sophisticated dishes like Lamb chops espresso or chicken and chorizo gumbo.
You Should Know Breakfast will cost you $19.95 for the buffet.
Nineteen 26 is the hotel’s restaurant. They have a standard bar menu with local wines and beer like Yuengling and Victory Hop Devil and 12 specialty cocktails including the Deep Sea Blue Martini. The ambiance is lively and casual. It seats about 12 with a long curved bar top.
The area is totally walkable, right in Center City. 13 St Station is a 1-minute walk and has the blue line to go east and west. City Hall has both blue and orange line to get south and north, it's a 3-minute walk.
Maggiano’s Little Italy, (2-minute walk.) Features private dining rooms and is a modern twist on Italian food. Signature dishes include a Bruschetta Bar and standard Italian fare such as Chicken Parmesan and Four Cheese Ravioli. The Capital Grille, Steakhouse, (5-minute walk) This formal restaurant has over 350 world class wines and modern twists on classic fare. It is also available for private dining.
Graffiti Bar, (5-minute walk.) This quirky bar is located directly behind Sampan, a trendy Asian restaurant. Graffiti Bar is outdoors but covered and includes space heaters. The bar has a number of drinks including Japanese beers, scorpion bowls, and great Happy Hour specials.McGillin’s Olde Ale House, (5-minute walk.) This historic Irish bar has been open since the 1860s. McGillin’s has a few signature drinks, including Dirty Girl Scout Martinis and Original Irish Potato Martinis. Most of the beers are local or regional drafts.