Fodor's Expert Review Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center

1201 Race St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

With its understated boutique-like charms, this Four Points offers a practical yet homey alternative to some of its larger neighbors in the Pennsylvania Convention Center area. A hardwood-floor foyer sets the tone, and an enormous work area featuring slide-out desks and flat-screen televisions is conducive to work and rest. Bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers—but no tubs—have a sharp modern feel, and there is ample closet space. A gym with brand-new exercise machines is open 24 hours. Cherry Lounge and Restaurant offers breakfast, dinner, and a daily happy hour.

$5 off food and beverage voucher to our Philadelphia restaurant, Cherry Lounge and Restaurant, or 250 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded at checkout for each night you decline housekeeping (except day of departure).


Standard guest rooms have red and cream theme with dark woods in a nod to nearby Chinatown. They will have either a king-sized Four Points by Sheraton signature bed or 2 queen-sized beds. Features include a mini-fridge, free bottled water and a coffee maker, an ergonomic desk space with charging station, complimentary Wi-Fi and 32” flat-screened LCD TV. Rooms average between 300 and 350 square feet which is not small. There is also a small safe in every room located in a hanging closet which also acts as a desk space and TV center. Windows do not open, which is not uncommon in hotels. Some rooms have skyline views, others do not. Request.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some feel the walls are not insulated enough for sound proofing.


Bathrooms only include a shower with high-pressure showerhead with glass doors, there is no tub. The body products given are the four points standard, Activ which is "shower fresh" and non-irritating to skin.


The lobby faces North 12th Street directly off Race Street and is elegant enough. It has a modern layered, jagged, stone look with indirect lighting, a small modern chandelier, and a granite desk. Chinese vases in dark wood bookcases are consistent with the Chinatown neighborhood the hotel calls its home, though at first glance the colors of red, white and green evoke Christmas, before seeing the Chinese calligraphy vases. There are two computers available for printing at the business center. There is free coffee and tea in the lobby. There is also a 24/7 lobby mini-market that sells soft drinks, snacks, and chocolate.


The 24/7 is decorated in three bold horizontal stripes: red, white and blue, for unknown reasons. It consists of two treadmills, weights, a bike, and a treadmill. Towels and water are included in the gym.


The Cherry Lounge and Restaurant (named after nearby Cherry street in Chinatown) serves a $12.95 hot buffet breakfast with items like eggs, waffles, fruit, coffee, tea and juice from 6 a.m to 10 a.m. (On Saturday and Sunday it is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Dinner is served a la carte from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food is mostly American pub with a few Asian dishes like pan-fried dumplings. There are empanadas, sandwiches and burgers, salads and cake desserts.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a $2 charge for room service. Breakfast can be included if you book a price special.


The lounge is open from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. and serves local craft beer like Yards on tap, top-shelf liquor, standard mixed drinks and wine. The bar as classic woodsy with bright red chairs that are a strong accent against the wood floors and wooden bar and is kind of fun, especially on Wednesdays.

Every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. there is a "Best Brew Hour" manager special where free hor d'oeuvres are served and draft beers are buy one get one free. That's pretty classy.


Getting Around

You can walk everywhere (but there is a tiny bit of a sketchy nabe near the hotel, you will notice and avoid it, it's on the way to the Trestle Inn (mentioned later.) The walk can feel forbidding because it's under the El, but if you're street smart it's safe and only about a block or two of shadiness. Take uber, lyft or cabs to get further up and downtown or to the stadiums faster. Jefferson Station is a 5-minute walk away, this hub for SEPTA’S regional rail system will take you everywhere in the Philadelphia metro area.


The Reading Terminal Market (5-minute walk) is a famous indoor farmer’s market with the best of Philly's food that’s been around since 1892. Chinatown (2-minute walk) is one of the best in the nation, and has a large selection of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants some with sister restaurants in New York and other Chinatowns. The most authentic is Sang Kee Peking Duck House. Sakura (5-minute walk) is an affordable Mandarin cuisine known for its Xiaolongbao (Shanghai soup dumplings.)


The Trestle Inn (7- minute walk) is an ex-go-go bar converted to a retro 70’s hipster hideaway with a well-known karaoke night and a comprehensive cocktail menu with the best late night dancing in town. Bar-Ly Chinatown (5-minute walk) has high ceilings, large, sports bar with 30 beer taps focusing on local drafts and American/Asian cuisine. Happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight is very popular. The Chinatown speakeasy Hopsing Laundromat is a 3-minute walk away. This true speakeasy has a gorgeous interior, a 70 plus cocktail menu and a strict entrance policy with a dress code.


If you’re in Philadelphia for a convention you can’t get much closer than the Four Point by Sheraton. It's a good value, close to top sights, has comfy rooms some with nice views. The managers special is a perk, having an in-house bar and restaurant (and mini-mart) is always a convenience, and the lobby is attractive with free coffee and tea. There's free Wi-Fi throughout the building and the parking lot is relatively affordable.


92 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Parking Lot


Phones: 215-496–2700

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