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What The Economy Hath Wrought: Hostel Stays

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  Site Where: 32 Bank Street [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
January 19, 2009 at 11:57 AM | by | ()

IKEA furniture, an eye-assaulting color scheme, and a bongo drum can mean only one thing: we're in an American hostel. It's Apple Hostel, a member of Hostelling International in Philadelphia's Old City, to be more precise. Unimpressed with the hotel offerings in Philly and determined to keep our entire weekend trip under $100, we revisited this institution of responsibility-free youth and got in touch with our inner vagabond.

Everyone may be familiar with European hostels, those dens of Aussie accents and pub crawls, but American ones done right turn out like Christian youth centers; in fact some of our roommates were in town for anti-gun protests. Overall, this was the quietest and least-partying hostel we've ever stayed at, and we've slept across the rainbow of hostels in our day, from bedbugs in Brooklyn to luxury in Luxembourg.

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PhillyStyle: Penn's View Hotel

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  Site Where: 14 North Front Street and Market [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
November 6, 2006 at 4:25 PM | by | ()

At behest and via the courtesy of the Philadelphia Tourism Board, our baby bro Jaunted spent the weekend in 6th Borough for a sleepover and tour--meaning this trip was on Ben Franklin, Rocky, and the Boyz II Men--or something like that. However, Jaunted kindly found the time to send us this hotel video for your enjoyment.

This is room 503 in the The Penn's View Hotel in Philadelphia where Jaunted's contributing editor DJK stayed for the weekend. And here's what she had to say:

The room is a little grandma-y but not TOO much. FREE wifi!!! small but adequate bathroom. cute non-balcony, but some people here have told me their balconies have sitting areas. i think they could benefit from updating their bedding a little bit. there is a tan, felt sort of thing that is exactly what i had in sleepaway camp. yes, that is a freeway outside, and the room can be a little noisier at times, but i am a deep sleeper and wasn't affected by that at all.

That said, if you, or Grandma are worried about the city's big bad wolf, keep that window closed. And remember, you aren't in St. Louis.

Related Stories:
· Penn's View Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]


Rude Staff in Filthydelphia

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  Site Where: 401 Chestnut St [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
March 7, 2006 at 3:51 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: There should be no excuse for a rude front-desk staff as this is usually the guest's first experience with the hotel staff. But someone forgot to tell the front desk at the Omni Hotel in Philadelphia. As usual this is one guest's side of the story. Enjoy.]

We stayed at the  Omni Hotel from 2/25 to 2/7. I will admit that the bell staff and valet were a 10 out of 10, but two of the front desk employees were unbelievably rude. Upon check in we were told that the pool was under construction and we should have known that if we checked their website.

We were told we could use another hotel's pool which was 3 blocks away. My husband commented that they was little far to go for a swim with kids. The male employee responded very snottily "well, it's not far for me, but I am used to walking". Keep in mind it was February in Philly - not exactly beach weather.

They also (at first) refused to honor a package in which we were to get free parking. They eventually agreed to give us free parking, but they charged us anyway.

After returning home, I checked the website and it did say that the pool was under construction. If you already read that they had a pool, you would not necessarily look for the blurb about it being under construction.

The website also said that children were to receive upon checkin suitcase filled with toys. My children did not receive anything. The rudeness of the two front desk employess sadly overshadowed the politeness and professionlism of everyone else at the hotel. Everything else about the hotel (location, decor, etc) was lovely.

Related Stories:
· Omni Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Philadelphia hotel coverage [HotelChatter]


Luxury Hotel for Doggies and Kitties

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  Site Where: 334 N. Water Street [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
February 2, 2006 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Think of it as a Ritz Carlton or a W Hotel for pets.

Hotel Mazzu in Philadelphia has just opened on Water Street, providing luxury accomodations for dogs and cats.

While humans cannot stay there, it might be nicer than some hotels we've stayed at.

Instead of kennel cages, the pets retreat to their "suites." Dogs get a platform bed with linens, toys, and yes,  TV. In the mornings, afternoons and nights they get walks along with one or two feedings, unlimited spring water, climate control, and daily maid service.

Cats get the same things, sans walks. All pets will get a "Whenever Wherever" type of service in the form of "24-hour on-site care and "unlimited human affection."

There's also a pet spa where pets can get pedicures, pad balm treatments and de-matting. To really splurge on your pet, get them the filet mignon or salmon dinner for an extra $22.

With approximately $35.9 billion spent on pets in 2005, we are sure this "hotel" will be a cash cow. We anxiously await the day of pet hotel chains. Shoot, we might start a new blog for it.

Related Stories:
·Pet pampering has really gotten out of hand [PhillyBurbs]
·Doggie-Friendly Ski Inns [HotelChatter]
·Putting up the Dog [Blinq]