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I’ve been to Philadelphia many times – I try to get there at least once every two to three years. So, this year, when I had a soon-to-expire annual free night from my Chase Hyatt credit card, I decided that a Philadelphia trip was in order.
The Bellevue Hotel is part of World of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. It has historical origins dating back more than one hundred years ago, but when I entered the hotel, I felt like I had stepped back in time onto the set of a 1940’s movie.
Prior to my trip, I received thoughtful emails from the hotel’s general manager, Ms. Pina Purpero. We took the NJ Transit/SEPTA train from New York City to Philadelphia (the
poor man’s frugal person’s alternative to Amtrak). The benefit of this route, despite the cost, is that you can take the train right to Suburban Station, within walking distance to the hotel, rather than having to take a taxi from 30th Street Station.
From beginning to end, we were treated warmly. The staff had that special Hyatt charisma and gracious can-do attitude that I appreciate so much. This is the hotel front desk:
This is the hotel hallway on the 12th floor.
We were given the Bellevue Suite, which I understand is a premium suite.
Both the bedroom and the living room were very spacious. Although the suite screamed of another era, everything was new and current.
This is the living room. Note, among other things, the generous size of the room, the tall ceiling and windows, the large television, the wood floors and the navy tufted sofa.
This piece of furniture held a room safe, a coffee machine and a refrigerator, among other things. There was no mini-bar, which is fine with me (I usually ask housekeeping to remove all mini-bar items anyway). The water was complimentary.
This is the bedroom. Note the size of the room, the wallpaper, the headboard, the sitting area and the bench in front of the bed.
This is the closet. It was certainly sufficient because we were only there 2 nights. If our stay was longer, it might’ve felt a little cramped.
The bathroom is a basic bathroom.
The toiletries were by Guild and Pepper.
Breakfast was served in the hotel restaurant on the 19th floor, aptly called XIX. It is simply beautiful there. One morning we had the breakfast buffet and the second morning we ordered the Crab Benedict from the a la carte menu. As a Globalist World of Hyatt Member, breakfast was complimentary.
There are also other rooms and a bar area within the XIX restaurant. I like the details, such as the arches, the molding and the ceiling!
The fitness center of the hotel is reviewed separately – but let me say this – it is phenomenal – including a huge gym, squash and racquetball courts, a boxing facility, a basketball court, yoga and spinning studios, a running track (12 x per mile) and a pool!
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