Just a few blocks from Reading Terminal Market and an easy walk away from Independence Hall in Philadelphia sits the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, a history-meets-sleek-modernity hotel. Want to check it out before you book? Here’s a little photo tour to show you around.
In April 2014, my kids and I headed southwest from Connecticut to Philadelphia for spring break. I’d booked our stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel via Priceline using their Express Deals to choose the number of stars and location of the hotel. Once the hotel stay was paid for, Priceline revealed the name of the hotel (score!). Booking via Priceline like this can be great, but you do need to carefully select what you want — particularly when it comes to location and stars. Don’t compromise when you are blind booking online. Otherwise, you could end up in a hotel way outside your comfort zone.
In this case though, it worked out well — I got a great rate on a great hotel.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel isn’t just any hotel. It’s a converted bank building that hasn’t lost its roots. When the Loews hotel chain turned the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building, or PSFS Building, into a hotel, they kept some of the original charm of the historic building. Built in 1932, the 36-story skyscraper is located in the Center City area Philadelphia.
If you’ve ever been in Philly, you might have seen this building from afar — because of the iconic PSFS that remains atop the building. It can be seen from far away, and is quite helpful for finding your way. That’s not the only historic detail preserved though — the original vault remains inside the lobby, a gleaming silver vault door next to the Loews Philadelphia sign. You can find other little touches from the banking history in the corridors of the hotel as well.
But before you think the historic elements have this hotel stuck in a vintage banking time warp, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. History blends with modernity in the common areas. As for the guest rooms, they have a sleek modernity to them that renders them both comfortable and interesting.
The crisp, all-white bedding (my favorite) provides a cozy, comfortable place for resting after checking out all the nearby historic sites. And yes, the bed really are very comfortable. Rooms feature dark accents and a sleek red chair.
Rooms have space for working — or eating as well. The long desk doubles both as a workspace and a great spot for enjoying takeout from nearby Reading Terminal Market. Trust me, you do want to hoof it to there while staying in Philly.
And, of course, there is a television to watch in the late evenings — if you aren’t headed out.
And if you like pools, there is a lap pool in the building. But don’t be scared off by the name — When we were there, the kids used one lane for fun while the other lane was reserved for adults actually swimming laps. It was a good balance — and made the pool work for everyone.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is in a great location — it’s totally worth a consideration if you are traveling to Philly.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Editor’s Note: This originally appeared on my site Sarah by the Sea. This post contains affiliate links.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.