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Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Pennsylvania, USA
November 9, 2007, 3:28 pm
Filed under: hotels, Loews, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philly, reviews, USA

I stayed at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for a week while attending a conference in the City of Brotherly Love.  The hotel occupies what used to be the PSFS Bank Tower, one of the first skyscrapers in the country adopting an International Style design. 

Interiors boast stones and marbles conserved from its halcyon days as a landmark of post-industrial wealth, but Loews deserves kudos for so lovingly staying true to the original art deco ethos while injecting modern sensibilities.

Service at check-in was excellent, and the front desk staff by the name of Christian is a huge asset to the hotel for his professionalism and obvious passion for his job.  He remembered my name and beamed hi every time he saw me walk across the lobby.  I was upgraded to an oversized deluxe room on the 17th floor, with an impressive view of the city.  The room was well-appointed, with a luxe bed boasting high thread count linens, and windows wrapping two walls.

Facilities meet the expectations of a business hotel, with a spacious, adequately-equipped gym with an indoor heated lap pool.  The chefs at Solefood, the hotel’s sole restaurant, take obvious pride in their culinary creations, delivering fabulous delights.  The hosts and hostesses, however, can be at times aloof.

Overall, the Loews Philadelphia offers a comfortable stay at good value if you can get a conference or special rate.  Be careful about using the phone though…every call placed outside the hotel sets you back US$0.90 right off the bat.

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