I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m a hotel person. I love the idea of an Airbnb, a hoste,l and even camping (or glamping) but sometimes a good ole hotel is the way to go. I was looking in to Airbnb’s for my trip to Philadelphia and I couldn’t find any in the area I wanted that were less than a hotel. So, I booked the Sonesta. It was my first time ever staying in this chain so I wanted to take you all on a tour of my room and share my experience!
If you’re looking for a centralized hotel in Philadelphia this is it. Being centrally located is the number one priority for me when i’m looking for a hotel. I literally walked everywhere I needed to go. Not once needing to step onto public transportation. Just a 5 minute walk in any direction and you could be at a main attraction. The fact that I got free parking in the garage was icing on the cake. I almost took a train into the city because it would have been cheaper than paying for parking. Yikes.
I’ve never had a quicker or more friendly check-in experience than I did at the Sonesta hotel. The gentleman that checked me in (wish I could remember his name!) got me ready to go in record time all while answering my thousand questions about different attractions and places to eat. He also gave me the run down on the room service menu because I was starving and a bit stressed from the drive. The concierge also informed me that even though my checkout was noon that I could keep my car in the garage until 6pm that night! That’s insane for a city where parking is $10/hour. The front desk even called my room shortly after check in to make sure everything was up to my standards. I don’t know if this is normal for a nice hotel but I was smitten either way.
So much light and space! I was booked in a room with 2 queen beds. It was more space than I needed and I loved it. So much room for activities! Or, just using the second bed as a dresser #guilty. The bathroom was a tad small but just fine for one person and the lighting was insane. So great for makeup (if you’re interested in what’s in my travel makeup bag let me know!). The room also had a great couch, mini fridge and a full sized ironing board. I don’t know about you guys but I hate those mini ironing boards. I roll my clothes when I pack but they always end up with a few wrinkles that I need to get out. Plus, the art was pretty great. If you know anything about me you know I’ve got a map obsession.
The Sonesta has what they call the ArtBar and it was a great lounge/bar area. I would sit and sip a beer while on my laptop after dinner some nights if I didn’t want to sit in my room. I also got probably the best margarita of my life here. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw the to-go cup they prepared it in for me to take to my room. It’s the perfect place to take a quick pit stop in between sight seeing or to spend the night at. If you’re looking for a more fine dining kind of place Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is also attached to the Sonesta. Steak people have heard of this place, apparently it’s amazing? All I know is that it was packed all weekend.
The building itself is a piece of art, you can’t miss it when walking or driving down the street which is really cool. The whole front of the building is a mural and it’s stunning. Speaking of views, my room was classified as a “room with a view” but it was just a view of the office building next door. I could see up and down the street a little but not much. Luckily I don’t care much about that as I was barely in my room during the day. As for the sounds, the hotel was pretty quiet. I could hear outside traffic just a bit but the hotel is on a main road. I couldn’t hear anything in either of the adjoining rooms but if people were in the hallway it was incredibly loud. It’s the one complaint I had about the hotel. Luckily nobody ever hangs out in the hallways but if people are strolling to their room and talking in the middle of the night, you’ll probably hear it.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely. In a heartbeat. The next time I stay in Philadelphia, or anywhere with a Sonesta hotel i’ll book a room there. Their staff was beyond expectations. I asked questions about my map every day, asked about restaurants to eat at and how safe certain neighborhoods were to walk around in at night. Everyone was friendly and had great advice. Even the bartender who made my margarita helped me map out how to get to a donut place the next morning.
Question of the day: Have you ever stayed with Sonesta? Tell me your experience below!
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