East Coast Trip 2013: Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

Our last stop for this trip was one night at Philadelphia to visit a relative who is staying in the city. Having been here before, I chose to stay at the Hyatt at the Bellevue once again since I had a pleasant stay in the hotel after being upgraded to a nice corner suite even as Hyatt Platinum. The hotel has a self-service parking garage that is connected to the hotel and the entrance is by a small alleyway off the main Avenue of the Arts (or S Broad Street). As we reached the hotel pretty late, the lobby was empty and check-in was conducted in a quick manner. As a Hyatt Diamond member, breakfast is complimentary and this includes breakfast sent by room service which was much appreciated. The breakfast bill came down to about $60 or so and this was not charged, so this was definitely a positive stay.

Lobby with Chandelier
Lobby with Chandelier

The Hyatt at the Bellevue is located in a historical building and hence it has a small lobby with circular staircase, chandeliers and a tall ceiling. However, some of the rooms have been renovated with a modern and contemporary touch to make the hotel fit in with the Hyatt brand. For the 2 rooms we were assigned, one was upgraded to a Junior Suite which is a true suite that has been very nicely renovated. Upon entrance was a living room with a work desk, sofa and an armchair. There is a closet and a small walkway to the bathroom.

Living Room of the Junior Suite
Living Room of the Junior Suite

The bathroom has also been renovated and this time there is an enclosed rain shower at the end instead of a bathtub. This is the biggest change as the older bathrooms in the Suites are really dark and small. The newly renovated rooms feature a brighter bathroom and definitely more comfortable rooms that also comes with new carpeting.

Modern Bathroom
Modern Bathroom

A king bed is located beyond the French doors along with a chaise lounge. There was a door behind the chaise lounge which allows for connecting rooms.

King Bed at the Renovated Suite
King Bed at the Renovated Suite

Meanwhile the standard twin bedroom was still in the old classical style with wooden headboards and older green carpeting. There was an armchair and ottoman lounger beside the entrance while the work desk is placed at the end of the room beside the entrance to the bathroom. Having stayed at the older suite, I was expecting a smaller bathroom thus I was pleasantly surprised the bathroom in the standard room was actually quite pleasant. While the standard room was old, it was kept clean and comfortable for the one night stay.

Standard Twin Bed
Standard Twin Bed
Older Standard Bathroom
Older Standard Bathroom

In the morning, we ordered a variety of breakfast fare to be sent to the suite, including eggs and bacon, assorted pastries, waffles and scrambled eggs. The breakfast was pretty good, and it was sent on time and the orders were all taken correctly. Considering the upgrades and the flexibility for breakfast choices given to Diamond members, this is one property I would return to if I ever find myself in Philadelphia again.

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