Seeking a Center City hotel recommendation
Help me decide between Le Meridien, Double Tree, and Holiday Inn Express...
My parents will be visiting me over July 4th and still haven't booked a hotel room. Last time they visited, I reserved Sofitel and they really enjoyed that. For the price, it probably is the best hotel in Philly. It was a special anniversary gift for them.
This time, don't need to be that pricey. We'll be taking day trips to attractions nearby so just really want a nice, clean room and comfy bed; breakfast included is a perk but I figure I can take them to so many breakfast/brunch options around town instead.
I narrowed down my choices to these, and notes are based off of reviews online:
1) Embassy Suites: location is perfect along Parkway, to watch July 4th fireworks, and the free made-to-order breakfast is good too, but everything else seems to not be great. rooms are odd-shaped due to the cylindrical buildings that used to be condos; old decor; bad service; unclean rooms...
2) Le Meridien: best rated among my choices; great decor, nice service, reasonably priced. Only thing that gives me a pause is that my parents are suburbanites and Le Meridien's location is sub-optimal...next to a soup kitchen and that general area just doesn't seem tourist-friendly. Am I making too much of it? For the price, this hotel feels like a steal and a hidden gem.
3) Holiday Inn Express: great part of town, free morning breakfast included... but it's a generic, 2-star hotel. HOpefully comfy enough beds and basic enough decor, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any insight on it?
4) Double Tree on S. Broad: another perfect location, a notch above the Holiday Inn Express, and I've stayed there myself so I know it's pretty good and has good service and nice beds. No complimentary breakfast.
I can't make up my mind between Le Meridien, Double Tree, and Holiday Inn Express. My parents are not frou-frou, they just want a nice clean bed and since they wake up early and a free hotel breakfast right there, they wouldn't have to wait for me to come by and take them to a restaurant. Holiday Inn Express seems the "safest" choice, with Double Tree a close second, and Le Meridien third. If it was for me, I would go for Le Meridien without a doubt. But it's for my elderly parents.
Thanks for any insights.
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