New Philly Holiday Inn Express Opens in Ideal Location
The Holiday Inn Express at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia is now officially open for business after a four-million dollar renovation converted the property over from a Comfort Inn. All 184 guest rooms were retouched while the lobby was completely remodeled. A business center and exercise room were also added.
We told you before how we were a little disappointed that the area didn't draw a sexier hotel, but that all said, it doesn't change how good the location is. In addition to the views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, guests of the Holiday Inn Express will be in good shape when it comes to visiting Independence Mall, Old City, and Penn's Landing -- all are within walking distance or a short cab ride. The area is also prime lodging during the summer when concerts are held at Festival Pier or across the river in Camden (you can take a ferry right to the venue).
Here's what the new hotel looks like now according to its website, but we'll try to swing by soon and check it out for ourselves.
While the old Comfort Inn at that location had a reputation for being a bit shady, our hope is the new hotel will wipe that out and help the new vibe that's been brewing. The city recently installed a city park under the Ben Franklin Bridge and the waterfront has been in the works for years. We'd love to see more projects and revamping follow -- fingers crossed. Right on queue, the city is holding a ceremony today to break ground on a theater complex at Race and Columbus.
It will certainly be more expensive in the summer, but rates right now start at $109 per night.