Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City Convention Center

1301 Race St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA

Alyssa Pinsker

Adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, the extremely recently newly-renovated Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City Convention Center has an expanded fitness center and an on-site restaurant, Pub 1301 which opens nightly at 5 p.m. 250 rooms have full-length mirrors and spacious bathrooms with long marble countertops. The hotel is also a short walk away from the Reading Terminal Market, and Chinatown and of course, the business and con-travelers destination: the Convention Center.

An outdoor covered patio with lots of types of seating from cushioned wicked chairs to benches is also heated in the winter. It has some twinkly lights and lush bushes for breakfast and relaxing is a surprising bonus.


Standard rooms are clean, modern and neutral with a tiny bit of style. All have "clean and fresh" Hampton bed, easy chairs with ottomans and an LCD TV with HD channels. There's a large work desk and a coffeemaker in room. Rooms have calming gray carpeting and some modern artwork and are spacious. They are individually temperature controlled and have lots of furniture for lounging. There are two bottled waters given gratis daily.


Each room has both a bath and curtained shower. The bathroom has a tan color scheme and lots of plush towels. Neutrogena Products are used, including shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There are full-length mirrors and long marble countertops for dolling up.


The lobby is quite bright with a star-shaped indoor lighting track. It keeps it professional and neutral and clean, there's wood paneling and a tan and orange color scheme. It has a business center with complimentary printing, access to an outdoor covered patio. A "gift shop" is open 24/7 for snacks and forgotten items.


The newly renovated fitness center with all standard furnishing such as treadmills, elliptical, free weights and designated yoga area. A purified water machine is available along with towels.


Dinner is available at the in-house restaurant Pub 1301 open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. They serve traditional American fare like BBQ wings, London broil, BLT's, etc. A hot American breakfast buffet is also served in-house for all hotel guests. Seasonal outdoor patio dining is also available. The restaurant is modern and a tad stylish evoking a train car with floor to ceiling windows in a brown, gray, mustard yellow with lots of flat screen TVs. Free breakfast is included for all guests in that standard area with cold cereal, hot coffee and hot buffet with meat, eggs, toast, and pastries.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If flat-screen TVs are not your thing in a restaurant, drink and dine outside the hotel.


There is a full bar at Pub 1301 which opens at 5 p.m. daily. The lounge area seats 25+ and is adjacent to an outdoor patio. Pub 1301 has a daily menu posted in the lobby and offers wine, beer, and premium spirit mixed drinks with weekly specials. For better of for worse, there are multiple HDTV screens for headlines and sports with plenty of seating.


Getting Around

The nearest public transit station is two blocks away, the Race/Vine Subway Station connect you to destinations North and South along Broad Street, and to City Hall which connects to the East/West Market Frankford "El" (elevated subway.) Also three blocks away right next to Reading Terminal Market is Jefferson Station, which connects to Regional Rail and the Market Frankford El (now you know the inside slang!).


Front desk recommendations: Reading Terminal Market (6-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. Burger Fi (5-minute walk) is a front desk recommended American fast casual restaurant chain focused on hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, and custard.


More front desk recommendations: Field House Bar (7-minute walk) is a casual-chic sports bar with 35+TVs and 40 beers on tap for the fans. Hop Sing Laundromat (5-minute walk) is a Chinatown speakeasy Hopsing Laundromat is an 11-minute walk away. This true speakeasy has a 70 plus cocktail menu, a Vietnamese-American owner named Lê who claims to be North Korean and a strict entrance policy.


The hotel is bright and cheerful and keeps it simple, has a nice patio and a decent in-house bar and restaurant and is right bang next to the Convention Center and Chinatown. It's close to a lot of main attractions in Philadelphia, and the staff is friendly. The prices are right for the location and amenities.


250 rooms, 16 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service no
Valet Parking,Parking Lot

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