Penn s View Hotel, Philadelphia
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Penn s View Hotel
Great Hotel for Tweeter Centrefrom D_Kernoghan
I was very impressed with the hotel, and the free breakfast was amazing!! the hotel is very clean and located just a few minutes walk from the liberty bell and other attractions. its the perfect place to stay if going to an event at the tweeter centre (small tip - make sure you get to the boat early on event days to avoid a big que)
There is also lots of eating places accross the road and a lovely pizza place (forget its name)
Staff friendlyness could be a bit better but you cant have everything.
Loved the hotelfrom Lexie41
Thoroughly Enjoyed our Stay!from CPow
Neat little hotelfrom metrowmn
will definitely stay againfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Really disappointedfrom videotraveller
The room I was given on the 2nd Floor was pretty, but looked out onto a busy car park and a pedestrian walkway. As I looked out, one passerby waved to me - he was that close! I asked reception if I could move to a room with a nicer view (I had asked for a decent view when I booked several weeks before), but was told no, they were full. Internally, the room was also opposite several hotel conference rooms, so was very noisy from both directions. The hairdryer didn't work, and I had to ask for a replacement. The rooms have no coffee machine, no mini bar, and even local calls are charged at long distance rates. The curtains didn't cover all of the windows, and the neon light heralding "Market Street" flooded the room.
On the second day of my stay, I asked again if they would be able to move me, as the noise from the street and the car park had kept me awake at night, and the noise from conference preparation/cleaning had woken me up very early in the norning! I was told they might be able to change my room, but I would have to go back there after noon. I did that, and was given a room on the 4th floor that looked inwards to an internal space and 2 other rooms! It wasn't as pretty, but was much quieter, though not at all what I expected for $170 a night.
Things were OK then until the last day. The limo number listed by the hotel was no longer working, so before breakfast I called down to ask for a good phone number. The owner said I should speak to him when I went down for breakfast and he would call for me. When I went down, there were 3 people waiting to check out, and the owner was on the phone. I went into the breakfast room where there was a real scrum at the small buffet area - it was really chaotic and hard to handle without coffee. A Catch 22 situation! No egg timer for the eggs, the coffee had run out, the milk had run out. There was only one woman looking after breakfast and I felt sorry for her, with so many people trying to serve themselves at once.
Several times, I went out to see the owner and try and organize my airport pick-up, and each time he was on the phone with people waiting to check out. Eventually I went back to the room and called from there - several times he didn't pick up. Eventually he did, and he gave me a phone number and explained that he was very busy with his restaurant bookings. Well that is all well and good, but he should get extra help if he can't deal with his guests enquiries. By this time, I was too late to book an airport shuttle, and had to take a taxi to the airport, at an extra cost of $18 to myself. Very annoying.
All in all I did not feel well looked after at Penn's View. I even wondered if this lacksadaisical treatment was because I was a woman travelling alone. Well I definitely won't be staying at Penn's View again, and would recommend finding another hotel if you are going to Philly and have $170 a night plus taxes to spend.
Nice hotel, great location, would returnfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The location is great for sightseeing, and the wine bar in the adjoining restaurant is fantastic. We also got good restaurant and sightseeing tips from the staff. (For something a bit unusual, don't miss Swanky Bubbles a block away on Front Street - interesting menu and champagnes/wines by the glass.) The only complaint I had, and it was minor, was that the continental breakfast was not adequately replenished throughout the posted service time - if you don't get there at least an hour before the end of breakfast (9:30 or 10:30, depending on the day), you'll find slim pickings - I never saw them replenish the one fresh fruit tray, or much of anything else.
Pleasant accomodationsfrom Nipper55
It was conveniently located within walking distance for the historical, shopping, and dining locations in the old part of the city and other spots in center city.
Great location and valuefrom concetta2
t recommed itfrom spkjones
The bedroom portion of the suite located at the end of the 2nd floor is located less then 25 yards from the I95 off ramp. The noise is worse than I could ever explain. We got NO sleep that night. It sounded as though we were laying on the shoulder of the interstate. There were sirens, speeding cars, buses braking... LOUD! In addition, the staff never denied my belief that the room was directly above the hotels kitchen. I hoped to get to sleep early that night, BUT there were pans banging until @ 11pm. AND if that's not bad there is a parking lot directly outside the room and there were parking lot attendants laughing it up into the late hours.
I didn't want to switch hotels as this trip was a special treat for our nephew who slept in the living room on a pull out couch and couldn't hear the noise and I didn't want to ruin the stay for him - we promised him a cool historic inn.
In the morning while my husband and nephew enjoyed the nice, complimentary breakfast I stopped by the desk to politely tell the clerk about our night. She was nice - but her comment was basically that if I had read the travel books many of them warn of the street noise. I guess I should have read the books. Later, on the way back to our room we were stopped by Antonio, the owner, who offered us the smoking floor suite. Due to my allergies and we had a busy day planned I declined. If I had more time I would have checked other hotels.
It's a real cute place. The staff is nice enough. The rooms are clean. The free breakfast was good. The A/C was quite adequate in 95 degree weather... - but what good is any of that if you can't sleep. I really can't stress just how loud it was. For $180/night I just want to sleep. I will stay somewhere else the next time.
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- Address: 14 N Front St - Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - 19106 - United States
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