An industrial modern-style Marriott hotel in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia is where Ryan and I spent this past weekend relaxing and resting while exploring one of our favorite cities.
Ryan was born in South Philadelphia and we both spent our childhood growing up in the suburbs of Philly on the Jersey side. We've crossed the bridge for countless Flyers and Phillies games, musicals, and concerts - driving into the city just for a cheesesteak or a new dinner spot. It's always a pleasure being in the city of brotherly love.
We were greeted at the Marriott Old City with local sweet treats (Anthony's and Shane Confectionery) upon checking in along with a bottle of Kendall Jackson wine and my favorite sparkling water in our gorgeous corner king suite. Our view of the porte-cochère and Philadelphia skyline was the cherry on top of a truly welcoming stay with Marriott.
We spent Friday evening enjoying the hot hors d'oeuvres in the Marriott Club room before heading to Chinatown for dinner at Banana Leaf - a tasty, no-frills BYOB Malaysian restaurant with pineapple fried rice that I am still dreaming about.
After a quick workout in Marriott's state-of-the-art gym Saturday morning we met our friend and colleague, Sherrill Flaum, and her family for breakfast and coffee in the Marriott Club Room.
Banquet Managers, Garland Sutton + Edmund Villarante gave Sherrill and I a private tour of the hotel, sharing the kitchen, banquet, and conference rooms with us along with fun facts about the hotel and area. I brought my camera along to capture the hotel's highlights.
Garland was especially excited to share the 1980s Marriott lookbook with me - containing sketches and photographs of the hotels' design and events style, nearly 40 years ago!
We started with their deliciously crispy Brussels sprouts and Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, followed by the Commons Salad and Maple Soy Salmon - both bustling with seasonal flavors. No meal is complete without a piece of NY Style Cheesecake and a cup of earl gray tea! The service and atmosphere were both delightfully peaceful.
After capturing some more photos of the hotel, we spent the evening enjoying the hors d'oeuvres in the Marriott Club room followed by dinner and drinks right in the hotel lobby at Society Commons.
Sunday we explored the neighborhood - stopping by the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial Park, Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Park, Penns Landing, Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, and Washington Square Park.
The location of the hotel is perfect for any history buff eager to explore the vast assortment of museums, monuments, restaurants, and shops nearby.
Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure the Marriott in Old City Philadelphia is an elevated option for your stay. We look forward to visiting again soon as the entire staff was so welcoming and kind, the amenities were clean and thoughtful and the location was easy!
Cheers to exploring in style, Meghan Kennedy
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