Monday, October 24, 2011

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown: Common Areas

Front Desk
(photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
This is one in a series of posts about the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

With the Reading Terminal Market nearby offering convenient and reasonable meals from multiple vendors, it appears that most of the guests staying at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown take their meals outside of the hotel. Besides with the hotel's central location there are several restaurants in the area.

There are only two dining rooms: Circ, which is open only dinner offering cocktails and snacks, and the 13 Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves contemporary American cuisine. Although I didn't dine at either, I did relax in the Circ dining room which is open for guests to lounge in before the restaurant opens.

The lobby itself is very spacious with various corners with chairs and coffee tables for relaxing or to meet up with friends. The perquisite concierge desk is located just off the front desk in addition to a car rental counter and a few retailers. Always popular is the onsite Starbucks.

For guests attending a conference, the hotel does boast several floors of meeting rooms. The lobby of each meeting floor is flooded with light from a glass-enclosed atrium which offers a view of Market Street. Those with engagements at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are afforded access via a skywalk.

The skywalk also leads to Marriott's Headhouse Tower which holds the hotel's grand ballroom as well as additional meeting and hotel rooms.

Circ Restaurant dining room.
Circ Restaurant is elevated with views of the main lobby.
Circ Restaurant just steps of the main lobby is open for dinner.
Entrance to 13 Restaurant in the main lobby.
Floors of meeting rooms.
Glass atrium along Market Street lights up the floors or meeting rooms.
The skywalk leading from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown main tower
to its Headhouse Tower and Pennsylvania Convention Center.
View from the skywalk to Market Street.
View from skywalk of the Reading Terminal Market.
After exiting the skywalk is entrance to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Main entrance to Headhouse Tower and Convention Center.


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