Posted on August 31, 2015
This past weekend I had a unique opportunity to stay at a great hotel and see a concert with my family!
Some family members and I went to Philadelphia to see an O.A.R concert on Friday night. I absolutely lucked out and was able to score a 4,500 Avios award to Philadelphia Friday afternoon direct from my small home airport of Wilmington (ILM), N.C.
I booked the flight on Monday afternoon, at a time when the paid one-way was around $400 – I’d say I got a pretty good value!
At that point it came time to find a hotel in downtown Philly, not too far away from Festival Pier. Wanting to utilize my top-tier status at either a Hyatt or Marriott, I started searching. One great advantage of being a government employee is being able to book government rates at hotels, whether on business or pleasure. Typically, the top of the line, fancy hotels never have government rates available, at least in my experience. So it was much to my surprise when I saw The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia was available at the government rate! I immediately jumped on the opportunity and scored us a few rooms at $142 a pop instead of the over $300 they were going for!
Flight = booked. Ritz = booked. Concert tickets = purchased. Let’s go to Philly!
We checked in around 6:00 p.m. and were given connecting rooms and double beds in the one room (that I had specifically requested – even though it’s not the type of room on the government room rate).
Upon checkin I was offered a glass a champagne. I wasn’t complaining, but I was definitely confused. I think they thought I was part of the wedding party…
I was also told we could upgrade to the Presidential Suite…..for only $1,000. Surprisingly, I passed on the offer and stuck with our Standard room! With that decided we headed on up to the 19th floor to check out our rooms!
The room was plenty spacious and more than enough for the 3 of us for just one night. Having a corner room gave us amazing views of the city from two sides!
The bathroom was nice, as expected from a Ritz. The bathtub had a view overlooking city hall and the the windows had automated blinds….AWESOME.
The two rooms shared a small hallway with an exterior door, giving us the whole corner of the floor and great privacy. The other room was for our parents and it was just the 1 King.
Since we were only in the hotel for the one night, and were out most of that time anyway, I didn’t get a great chance to check out the whole hotel. We did get to do a little browsing though!
Wouldn’t be a full report without a concert picture!
After a great night on Friday, we woke up early Saturday morning and headed to Federal Donuts – awesome place, definitely recommend, only a 5 minute walk or so from the Ritz!
Overall: For the time we checked in (late), and how early we left the next morning, there’s not a chance I pay over $300 a night for this hotel room. But that’s just because I pretty much never spend that much on a room. But for $142 for a corner room with a view overlooking city hall – it can’t be beat!
Have you ever stayed here? What are you impressions?