This bustling convention hotel fills an entire city block. It has so many corridors that even the staff sometimes gets lost. For an intrinsically impersonal type of place, the Marriott tries hard to meet special needs; it also offers some of the lowest rates in its price category. The colorful lobby has comfortable seating areas with a tapas bar and a large flat screen TV and a Starbucks steps away. The more than 1,300 guest rooms are brightly decorated. A Kinko's and FedEx is also on the premises. The hotel restaurant, 13, serves contemporary American food. If you're driving, you may want to park in a public parking lot, as the hotel charges upwards of $53.90 a night.
The warm, traditional, well-designed rooms and suites feature flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, desk and ergonomic chair, minifridges and coffeemakers. They also offer individual climate control, deluxe bedding and thoughtful amenities but the carpets evoke the 80s: they are maroon, yellow and tan entwined circles.
Some rooms have access to the coveted "concierge" club lounge with free breakfast and snacks (wine and beer for purchase.) The lounge is closed Friday and Saturday but a buffet breakfast is still outside from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday through Thursday it's open again, but it's for gold and platinum Marriott members only with no ability to purchase a club pass.
Each room has a curtained shower and tub and is provided with Thann aromatherapy products (aromatic wood is a nice scent.) There is a bathrobe, and all desired bathroom amenities as well as a hairdryer.
The lobby is massive and starts with golden brass doors, modern minimalist chandeliers and marble floors that lead past red and yellow couches, TV's and chairs up to the stairs to the circular Circ bar and 13 Restaurant. The Vegas-vibed lobby (the grand ballroom has similar Vegas vibes) has a large front desk area to the right. There are paintings of the park on the upper walls and Philadelphia in frames. There is a fountain in the center and dated carpeting again but the leather chairs and couches and lots of TVs make it popular for non-guests and well as guests to lounge and eat. There is also a Starbucks in the lobby.
There is a heated indoor L-shaped pool has lounge chairs and open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with towels provided. It's 3-4 feet deep.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It's on the 7th floor and there are no outdoor windows, just internal ones from the 8th floor.
The fitness center is on the mezzanine and has natural sunlight from the lobby. It's open 24/7 and has all the standards: cardio machines with TVs, free weights, nautilus equipment.
Circ, the signature hotel restaurant and bar, serves small plates and tapas cuisine and craft cocktails. 13 Restaurant is in a separate area and even has a private dining room. It provides a casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is a la carte or hot buffet and dinner specialties include Chesapeake striped bass, grilled pork chops, and filet mignon. The Starbucks in addition to its addictive brew serves pastries, sandwiches and an array of light bites and is open 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
There is a breakfast package availabe for extra charge.
Circ and 13 Restaurant both have full bars and serve craft cocktails and they both have plenty of TV screens so you don't miss the game.
The area is entirely walkable, it's prime Center City. The hotel is attached to the Convention Center via skywalk so you don't have to worry about getting to that location. You can walk around the city, take a taxi or uber or catch SEPTA at 13th street Station (1-minute walk) across town East and West. The orange line is at City Hall, at Jefferson Station which you can walk to via the skywalk (3-minute walk) without even going outside to get North for more neighborhoods and South for the stadiums.
Reading Terminal Market (2-minute walk) has outposts of some of the best restaurants in Philly and is a no-frills foodie mecca. City Tavern (23-minute walk ) is a recreated Colonial tavern where servers pour beer and authentic period fare in period dress. El Vez (4-minute walk) is a slick upscale Stephen Starr Mexican spot with flashy cocktails and authentic eats.
The Field House, (2-minute walk) is a casual sports bar with even more TVs for the fans and it's super close. Strangelove's (8-minute walk) is a hip two stories New Orleans themed pub with craft beer and traditional NOLA dishes.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The price is right, the rooms are comfortable and it's a smorgasbord of a hotel right in Center City Philadelphia. The staff is helpful and you can easily get around the city to see the sites.