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Anthony Bourdain Chooses Luxe vs. Cheaper Hotels For "The Layover" Philly

December 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 3: Four Seasons Philadelphia
Once again Bourdain hits the same brand that he stayed in Chicago, this time saying "I'm staying at the Four Seasons on Logan Square, because that's the way I roll, and the service is impeccable." And at $449 a night, it should be. Indeed, we've mentioned this hotel's lovely courtyard (a city rarity) in the past, and attention to detail from tiny tots to pet perks, so we can't blame him for bedding downn there. It's a no-brainer, really. Perhaps he wasn't in town when the new Kimpton opened--a shame since this episode was all about discovering the "new" Philadelphia. After all, Bourdain immediately announced in the beginning of the episode "there will be no cheesesteak in this show."


Honorable Mention:The Rittenhouse Hotel:
Bourdain rightly lets viewers know they'll probably want to stay in Center City when visiting Philly. He calls this property in Rittenhouse Square, one of the five original squares designed by William Penn (the state's founding father) "an old school grand hotel. Luxury at luxury prices." The rates in low season start at $249 per night, and climb to $449 beginning in the spring.
Honorable Mention 2:
Bourdain also mentions AKA Rittenhouse, on the other side of the park, as "a bit more modern and a bit more affordable." (rates average around $250 a night). Again, we're surprised he didn't hit that place up either. With sister property across the street, the AKA is more in line for those looking to stay a while in their 81, furnished studio, 1-and-2 bedroom suites with full kitchens. But since our host is only in town for a supposed 36 hours, he probably wouldn't have time to appreciate AKA's complimentary access to The North Shore Beach Club where there's a sun and pool deck, bar, restaurant, and outdoor courtyard. But hopefully you would, so keep it on your wish list.

[Photos:Travel Channel/Four Seasons Hotels]

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Great Choice

Bourdain is satisfied with the service of those hotels that's why he chooses it.

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Four Seasons

I stayed at the Four Seasons this past May for work at a corporate rate far below $449.  It is a very comfortable, well-run hotel, but is looking a bit tired.  They need to do a renovation like they did on the FS in Chicago.  That is, get rid of the Old World stuffiness and bring in fresh, contemporary furnishings.  

Should have stayed at a Kimpton

The Four Seasons is alright (if you wear adult diapers...) The Palomar would have been my choice given the service and design.

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