A July 2005 trip
to Philadelphia by disneyworld02
Quote: Philadelphia is a great weekend destination for families with children, and couples alike. Between shopping on inner harbor, going to see exotic ocean life at the National Aquarium, and the historical sights that helped create America, there is so much to see and do in Philly!
One: The rooms, lobby, restaurant, and entire hotel SMELLED of smoke. This was especially disturbing to me because I am very sensitive to it. Two: At check-in they acted like snobs. We simply asked how to get our parking validated, and they said we should read our hotel guide in our room. Three: At about 8 in the morning, a strange alarm was going off through out the hotel. It repeated "DO NOT PANIC. STAY IN YOUR ROOM AND WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS," which of course made us worry more. After about 10 minutes we had to find out what was happening, and we found a man who worked for the hotel dusting. We asked him if we should evacuate the hotel. He said no. So we called down to the lobby, and they frantically said to evacuate. Within moments of escaping the hotel, about 10 fire trucks showed up. We waited and waited. Some hotel workers said that we could go back up, that it was just a false alarm. Others said that is was the men working on the roof on the fifth (our) floor who set something on fire. To make an even longer story short, everything checked out and we got back in the hotel.
The rooms were nothing special. Done in a light powdered-blue wallpaper (which was patched in many areas), they didn't stand out too much. Overall, I would suggest staying in another hotel for just a little bit more.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 12, 2005
The Westin Philadelphia
17 Chestnut LN
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19115
The Reading Terminal market has a truly unique feeling inside. It has the hustle and bustle of a mall, supermarket, and restaurant all rolled into one. The food ranges from Amish delicacies to Philly cheesesteaks, Shoe Fly Pie, and handmade candy. I had a clam chowder-and-crab cake special from the Seafood Co. It came with potato salad and Caesar salad. It was a little pricey at $9, but it was delicious. I also stopped at the 4th Street Cookie Co. I had a chocolate chip cookie and a white chocolate chip macadamia. They were both good, yet they were slightly burnt on the bottom, but a great deal still at $3.50 for two. The shopping at the Terminal Market is the cute fair-like stuff, the handmade gifts and pet novelties. It is like a mixture of Pennsylvania gift shops all mushed together.
The convenience of the place is great. A Philly Phlash stop is located right outside of one of the many doors, and it is in walking distance from some of the major sights. For those of you Food Network fans, Rachel Ray stopped in to have breakfast on $40 a Day. Overall, this is a great place to stop for a little taste of Philly in one HUGE place!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2005
Reading Terminal Market
12th And Arch Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 922 2317