Fodor's Expert Review Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

201 N. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

Although it's a popular convention hotel, this hotel also caters to both business and leisure travelers due in part to its prime location. Rooms, decorated in beige and dark blue, feature oversized desks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and Starbucks coffee; there's also a grab-and-go Starbucks kiosk in the lobby. The hotel features an indoor pool and a business center with six spacious workstations. Though it's in close proximity to many Center City dining options, there are two restaurants on-site: The Terrace, serving a wide range of breakfast options; and The Local, which features lunch, dinner, and a bar.


Rooms are modern and clean, decorated in beige and dark blue. Rooms either have city views of the Parkway or building adjacent. Sheraton signature beds are one king or two doubles and have a comfy mattress with weather or foam pillows. Robes are available upon request. There are charging ports in the oversize desks which come with ergonomic chairs. A 42" HD flat screen television with cable and movies available for purchase to veg out. Chairs are Herman Miller in red. Starbucks coffee is provided for the in-room coffeemaker.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms either have stunning city views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or building adjacent views. Try and request, but nothing can guarantee a city view room. Pets are welcomed but there is a $50 one-time fee.


Every room has both a shower and bath, products are Sheraton le grand bain in rather refreshing Citron + Vetiver. More than basic amenities are provided upon request check in: toothbrush, deodorant, hairspray, curling iron, shoe mitts, etc. Two bottles of H20 are provided per day gratis.


The lobby is large, comfortable and sun-filled due to a massive six-story atrium which allows the light in. There are large, long beige couch benches, and plenty of blue full couches as well as stuffed chairs. The lobby has a business center, "[email protected]" and is adjacent to the lobby's breakfast spot: "The Terrace Cafe" which is right next to the in-house lunch/dinner/bar "The Local" which also has a coffee kiosk serving Starbucks inside.

Upgrade for $40 or free for platinum members is the coveted club lounge which serves wine, beer and hor d'oeuvres from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a continental breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


There's a gorgeous and popular indoor pool with a skylight, it's a bit shy of Olympic size and is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It can get crowded at times.


The 24 hour fitness center is small and clean with shiny wood floors and has cardio equipment, strength-training machines, and free weights. Purified water.


The lobby has two places to dine: The Terrace Café where an "All American" hot buffet ($20), continental, and a la carte breakfast is served between 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Local Café has an American pub theme and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is also an optional paired menu, which is local small plate cuisine with a curated list of wine and craft beers. There is a coffee kiosk located in Local Cafe which has Starbucks coffee as well as grab and go breakfast items.

Room service is the same menu as the local and it's available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.


In the evenings the Local Café, which is located in the beautiful atrium is open until 11 p.m. and has a full bar, bottled beer and beer on tap with a craft cocktail menu planned for future.


Getting Around

The area is highly walkable. There is an actual cab stand located in the entryway of the hotel for convenience. Philly Flash can take guests from the Museum District to Old City Philadelphia for $5, all day from 10am-6pm but it is a seasonal service from May 1 to Sep 3rd. Avis Car Rental located in the lobby of the hotel for guests looking to rent a vehicle throughout their stay.


Concierge recommendations: Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria (11-minute walk) has coal-fired pizzas, Italian eats and wine at this outpost of a local chain with a family-friendly vibe. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood (12-minute walk) is an upscale steak & seafood chain known for its clubby environs and happy hour. The Reading Terminal Market (12-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 foodie mecca (not fancy, just good food).


City Tap House (4-minute walk) is a popular tavern with 60-plus craft beers plus an outdoor terrace. They also serve brick oven pizza.Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill (5-minute walk) is a serious Irish pub only in Philly and Baltimore for draft beers and the game. R2L (8-minute walk) has the highest views in the city, 500 ft above and 40 miles panoramas with sleek cocktails to match.


Old-school hotel amenities like a club lounge, in-house breakfast and restaurant, concierge (8 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and a taxi stand make a stay easy and comfortable at the Sheraton Downtown. The rooms are also extremely comfy as they have everything you need as a business or leisure traveler. It's high function with the pool attraction and even some form with the lovely 6-foot atrium.


757 Guest Rooms, 19 Suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 800-822–4200;215-448–2000

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