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Elegant Simplicity in Philly

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In a city of just over 1.5 million people like Philadelphia, you’d expect to find your typical hotel chains like, on the higher end, Lowes, the Four Seasons, and the Omni, more budget friendly places like the Marriott, Hampton Inn and Sheraton; plus local finds like the Hotel Palomar, The Inn and Penn and The Rittenhouse Hotel, each offering their own particular flavor and flair of their brand and the city.

But we opted for something different at the Le Méridien.

Located in the heart of Center City with striking views of City Hall across the street, this architecturally stunning Georgian revival-style structure (and now part of the Starwood properties) formerly served as a YMCA. Since then, it has been transformed into a captivating and unique city gem that exudes European ambiance and luxury at every turn.

The hotel encompasses beautiful millwork and graceful archways throughout, accented by bold color palettes, comfortable oversized designer furniture, sleek and trendy tables, an open and inviting cocktail area and bar, accoutrement including a fireplace, beautiful decorative chandeliers, eye-catching artwork, a dramatic glass entrance and divider doors, and seating areas that feel more like sitting in someone’s home than a hotel. 

Amuse, the hotel’s bar and brasserie is an intimate space for morning coffee or breakfast, a delightful lunch, or a delicious, upscale dinner comfortable enough for business travelers, yet warm and inviting for couples and families. On the fifth floor you’ll find the fitness center and a spacious, comfortably furnished and relaxing, 75-foot high central atrium courtyard that also serves as the business center. 

Le Méridien offers a very boutique ambiance that belies its expansive 10 floors and over 200 rooms, which is hard to find within the cacophony of a big city. The rooms are well-appointed and airy with sleek furniture with chrome accents, plush beds, and granite, tile and glass-enclosed showers in the bathrooms. 

On absolutely every level, from the concierge and doormen, to housekeeping, the wait staff, front desk, management and everything in between, the Le Méridien is a wonderful experience, and all guests are treated with the utmost care, whether it’s their first or a repeat visit, making it one of the best hotels in Philly.

Le Méridien Hotel, 800.543.4300

Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin

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