Fodor's Expert Review Doubletree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City

237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

The hotel's sawtooth design ensures that each room has a peaked bay window with an eye-popping 180-degree view. Rooms on the east side look out toward the Delaware River, while west-side rooms overlook bustling downtown's Broad Street. The four-story atrium lobby lounge, which features a cool fiber-optic chandelier, observes one of the busiest corners of Philly's theater district, directly across the street from the handsome Academy of Music and a short walk from the Kimmel Center. Where most hotel rooms go for darker, warm earth tones, refurbished Doubletree guest rooms are decorated in refreshingly light white and blond tones; they also have separate vanities. The Balcony restaurant offers daily breakfast. The Standing O Bar/Bistro serves burgers, sandwiches, and lighter fare.


The rooms have a cozy softly lit atmosphere with white and blonde standard hotel prints of solids, stripes, and geometrics but also florals all mixed together with some modern Philly themed art that can be a little busy. Uniquely, the hotel also offers "pure rooms," which includes an air filter to help prevent allergies. There are premium TV channels, a refrigerator, safe, and all the necessities for a solid room.

The executive room is about $50 more per night and includes continental breakfast each day from 6:30-9:30 a.m. and a happy hour in the Executive lounge on the 24th floor Monday through Friday from 6:30-9:30 a.m. (It includes hot and cold appetizers with beer and wine available for purchase.)


The bathrooms continue the tan scheme with a handsome long-tabled black granite sink. They include tubs with showers. The bathrooms include a hairdryer and the products are from Crabtree & Evelyn, a nice touch.


The open lobby offers views facing The Avenue of the Arts via a complex lattice structure and includes a cool fiber optic chandelier that changes color periodically and resembles three beautiful chains of upside jellyfish. The lobby is massive with atrium lighting. There are ample red couches and chairs and the whole place has a fitting theatrical vibe.


The pool is an attraction. Only open to guests, it's on the 5th floor and open from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. daily. It sits within an atrium and has three walls of floor to ceiling windows while being connected to a 7,000 square foot outdoor sundeck with lots of lounge chairs and towels.


The 24/7 fitness center is located on the 5th floor and features equipment by Precor: treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, adaptive motion trainers, a super bench, and dumbbells. There is a seating area by the gym that has a mix of hotel stripes and is a little modern-arty with metallic tree trunk tables.


Breakfast on the balcony is served daily, offering a continental or full buffet or a la carte menu selections. The in-house restaurant is named after the nearby theater district. The Standing O Bar/Bistro is located off the main lobby and open for lunch and dinner daily. It has seasonal menus and handcrafted cocktails. The Balcony is the real attraction as it looks towards the large atriums and massive windows.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Standing O Bar/Bistro has mustard yellow hightop seats and resembles an upscale cafeteria, it's not very sleek, sexy or sophisticated.


The in-house restaurant, Standing O Bar/Bistro is also the bar. Though not so attractive they do have complex hand-crafted cocktails featuring many martinis. A few include a "saketini," "echoes" (Kettle One vodka, blueberry, lime, white cranberry), and "Abbey Road" (champagne, cherry liquor). They also have mules (as in Moscow mules, but they can make them with berry, orange, and blood orange) and they also have a melon margarita and a gin and tonic. Prices aren't cheap and average around $14.50, hence there are Groupons for the snacks and drinks.


Getting Around

The hotel sits directly above SEPTA’s Broad Street Line (Broad/Locust stop). It's also easily walkable (10 minutes) from both Jefferson Station and Suburban Station on the regional rail. You can walk around the city with no problem and to get to the Art Museum/West Philly or the Stadiums and Northern Liberties you can cab or uber/lyft.


Bud & Marilyn’s (2-minute walk) is kitschy fried chicken and other American classics with a retro bar. Barbuzzo (5-minute walk)is a trendy and chic farm fresh Mediterranean restaurant with small plates and a wood-burning oven for fresh pizza. Reading Terminal Market (10-minute walk) is the nation’s oldest continuously running indoor farmer’s market and has outposts of some of the best restaurants in Philly and is a no frills foodie mecca.


Jamonera (6-minute walk) is a cozy and sleek Spanish spot for tapas, large plates, charcuterie and sherry. El Vez (5-minute walk is a slick upscale Stephen Starr Mexican spot with flashy cocktails and authentic eats


The balcony and terrace are really special, as is the historic front structure of iconic lattice. The pool with its sun deck and patio is a draw and it can even be used for meetings. It's directly across the street from the handsome Academy of Music and a short walk from the Kimmel Center so you can experience a Standing O. This hotel is all about the natural lighting, floor to ceiling windows and views, and that's awesome and rare. The prices are shockingly low.


481, 52 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 215-893–1600

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