on November 13, 2011
The heart of Philadelphia is not massive. Most places are within a walking distance. And so while the Windsor Suites are not slap-bang next to the historic sites of Independence National Park they are an easy ten-fifteen minute walk away. They are very convenient for those new to the city however, being located roughly midway between the Greyhound bus terminal (where we arrived from New York) and Amtrak’s 30th Street station (from where we departed for Washington). Each must be only a mile away. They are on a corner of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between JFK Plaza and Logan Square. The Parkway is lined with the flags of different nations; the UK’s union flag fluttered welcomingly outside.The Windsor Suites is a hotel comprised of self-contained apartments. Our flat had a large main room with bed, TV, desk and table, plus an en suite bathroom and small kitchen. Perfect for those staying in Philadelphia for a good period – for business perhaps. But we found it totally acceptable for our needs, with good security (you cannot use the lift without a room swipecard), friendly and helpful desk staff (they stored our luggage on our last morning and arranged a taxi to the station when we were running late), and an attached Irish bar and Chinese restaurant. There was also a pool up on the roof, but it was locked when we tried to visit. That has to be my only complaint about the place.This cost $127.88 per night (excluding the $19.44 tax). Considering that we had paid $122.50 per night (excluding tax) for a room that was little more than a grey box in New York this struck us as being wonderful value. In many ways it was a shame that we were only in Philly for two nights – I would not have had any grumbles about staying here longer.
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