During this past spring break, I took my kids to the luxurious Four Seasons Philadelphia for a weekend stay. Four Seasons Philadelphia is a centrally located hotel, right near the Barnes and Rodin Museums, as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a part of town I was eager to introduce my kids to.
I’ve always been a big fan of Four Seasons, particularly where children are concerned. They are indulged as soon as they enter the establishment with snacks. They also get an afternoon and bedtime snack. The rooms were made with comfort in mind and extremely spacious for families traveling with children (or pets, which they allow and offer fresh-baked dog biscuits and bottled water served in a silver bowl). They even offer pint-sized robes for little tykes.
We had a suite with a sofa bed, comfy chairs, an end table and a flat-screen television. It was the perfect space to hang out in after a long day out hopping around the city. The room is simple but classy, with soft linens & two beds with a headboard. There is even a vanity to either get ready for a big evening out or to use as a work space (which is what I did). The bathroom is also spacious, complete with two toilets and a nice-sized bathtub.
Our room had a gorgeous view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in all its spring glory, reminding me that warmer weather was on its way after a tough winter. Rooms on the hotel’s north side offer the best views of the Greek Revival public library and family court, Logan Circle, and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The hotel also offers many options for families with double beds (non-suite) that face the Parkway or other suites that have couch pullouts or accommodate rollaway beds for children. They also offer on-site laundry service and free limo service around Center City.
There’s a beautiful, spacious pool and spa on the lower level of the hotel. We swam twice and made use of the Jacuzzi. Both were full of young families and there was still plenty of room to swim and get exercise. We all felt so refreshed after the experience and it really made our visit incredibly special.
Back downstairs in the hotel lobby, there are two dining options for guests: the Swann Loungeand the Fountain Restaurant. Known for its lavish desserts and an extensive afternoon tea menu, The Lounge also has a great dinner menu, which we were lucky enough to experience. For starters, we shared a baby kale salad and side of hummus with raw vegetables. The entrees were out of this world, with choices ranging from salmon to lamb chops. The food is fresh, tasty and filling. Our server was truly amazing, as nice as they come, just like the rest of the staff at the hotel. The Fountain Restaurant is more upscale and we could have had breakfast there the next morning but my kids opted for room service. The menu has a nice variety offering everything from eggs to potatoes to turkey sausage to cereals to fruit and yogurt. I always love seeing my children experience breakfast in bed. They get such a kick out of it, and so do I.
Four Seasons Philadelphia is offering a special this spring – when you book two nights, you get the third night free. You can find details here: http://www.fourseasons.com/ philadelphia/offers/stay_longer_in_a_suite_third_night_free
Everything about our visit to Four Seasons Philadelphia was just about perfect and I highly recommend a weekend visit to this wonderful hotel in the near future.
Their breakfast & parking package is the most family friendly right now –Visit Philly Overnight – Breakfast and Parking:
Disclosure: Holly was given complimentary accommodations at the Four Seasons, however this review is entirely her own opinion.