The Westin Philadelphia is centrally located at Chestnut and 17th in downtown Philadelphia. It is a great location for visitors as many of the tourist buses stop nearby. Most of the historic sites are actually walkable from the Westin.
The hotel is located within a small but modern and bright indoor mall with a food court and shops, The Shops at Liberty Place. Check-in was easy and the staff was pleasant and accommodating. I asked for a room where a woman traveling alone would feel safe, i.e. not in an alcove or at the end of a long hallway. So I was given a room near the end of a long hallway. I could have asked to change it, but did not. The room was bright and clean and the bathroom spacious. The room had 2 double beds, a large flat screen TV, desk, easy chair with ottoman, a dresser, and a large closet.
My issue was with the bathroom, which did not have any proper towel rods to hang a damp bath towel on. There were 2 large rings attached to the front side of the counter, about thigh height, which were only large enough for one hand towel each, and that was it. What are 2 people supposed to do in this room? Where would they each hang their bath towels? their wet washcloths? There was one hook on the back of the bathroom door, enough for one towel. In a hotel which values guests that opt to reuse towels, there should be enough space to insure that those towels will be dry the next time they are needed. I believe that the lack of towel rods is driven by hotel managements that want to discourage guests from hanging their dripping wet laundry on any horizontal surface, and I understand that, but it is to the point of ridiculousness. In my room, there was plenty of room above the counter on the right side of the sink for a towel rod. Instead, there was just a bare wall, unused.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Center City, The Westin Philadelphia provides a convenient location guaranteed to satisfy your travel needs. Explore historic landmarks, revered museums, and galleries, and contemporary restaurants and bars – all within walking distance of our AAA Four Diamond rated hotel. The Westin Philadelphia is directly connected to the Shops at Liberty Place and is just a short walk from upscale shopping on Chestnut and Walnut Streets. Energize after a day of exploring with a workout at our WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or retreat to the sauna for an afternoon of relaxation. Settle into one of our spacious guestrooms or suites, each featuring beautiful crown molding, marble bathrooms, and Westin Heavenly® Beds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Philadelphia Hotel Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Westin