The Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel in downtown Philadelphia is an ideal location for families visiting historic Philadelphia. Located on the same block as the Christ Church Burial Ground and Benjamin Franklin's grave, this section of Philadelphia is teeming with history. You can stay right in the heart of it all at the beautiful Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.
Here are three reasons I would happily to return to the Wyndham Philadelphia.
I love American history and want my children to appreciate the freedoms they have, so I make sure to take them to historical sights when we travel. I was excited for them to see the Liberty Bell, visit Independence Hall, and walk the streets Ben Franklin walked. I hope they can better understand the sacrifices the Founding Fathers made because they have walked the streets where it all happened.
I was delighted to pull into the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel, park my car in the garage and then leave it there for two days while we explored the city on foot. The hotel parking has in-and-out privileges for guests at the hotel, but you may not need it at all because the hotel is centrally located to so many great sites. (Parking costs $36 per night.)
From the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District hotel, you are just one block away from the Independence Hall Visitor's Center, the National Constitution Center, the U.S. Mint and walking distance to hundreds of other historical sites, you could spend days enjoying your time here. If you would like to venture further into Philadelphia, tourists might like the Big Bus Tour, whose first stop is just around the corner from the hotel. The SEPTA public transportation system is just around the corner as well.
We loved being within walking distance of shops and great restaurants. When my daughter woke up with a cold sore the first morning we arrived and needed some quick medication, I walked just around the corner to the pharmacy. I picked up a few groceries as well since we like to eat breakfasts in our room to help my large family get out the door faster each morning.
Our favorite local discovery was Sonny's and Campo's Cheesesteaks a few blocks down the street. While walking to dinner one evening, we happened upon Benjamin Franklin's privy, which was a fun photo op for our family. If you stay at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, you also must walk down to Franklin's Fountain for an ice cream or soda in a historic setting.
The only thing that was less than ideal about the location is that there is a fire station nearby, and we did wake to emergency sirens one night. Other than that, I thought that for a city hotel, this one was relatively quiet.
2. Family-friendly Amenities
The entry to this hotel is modern and beautiful and would be a place business travelers would be comfortable, but the hotel works perfectly for families large and small as well. As a family of 7, we loved our two adjoining rooms with a connecting door. It is a treat to be able to put half of the family to bed and still have a room for the older kids and adults to relax. Both of our rooms had fridges, which was helpful since I like to eat a quick breakfast in our room in the mornings while everyone gets ready. If a fridge is important to you, ask at check-in if your room has a fridge as not every room is equipped with one.
There is an outdoor pool on the roof of the hotel for those visiting in the summer months. It was too cold for us to swim in April, but I can imagine that families would love to relax in the beautiful pool after a day of sightseeing.
Complimentary wifi was a nice touch, and the 24-hour fitness center was popular with guests. I thought about trying it out but after two days of walking around the city and corraling five kids, I fell into my bed exhausted at the end of the day.
My kids loved the large touchscreen computer in the lobby that had hundreds of sightseeing suggestions. There is a snack bar in the lobby with a good variety of snacks if you want to stock up without leaving the hotel.
3. Customer Service
When we checked in, the front desk staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. They had a packet of information about the local area for us complete with maps, brochures for tourist attractions that might interest my family, and a list of recommended local restaurants. The entire staff was warm, friendly and helpful throughout our stay. I truly felt like a welcome guest at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.
Disclosure: Our stay at the Wynhdam Philadelphia Historic District was complimentary so I could review it for you. As usual, all opinions are my own based on my experience.
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