Omni Hotel at Independence Park – Family Friendly Hotel Review

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by

 

The view from our Omni Hotel at Independence Park room. |Photo credit Jersey Family Fun

 

Remember when we told you the Omni Hotels & Restaurants were named to Parents Magazine list of Best Hotel Chains for Families?  Over Easter, we made a visit to the Omni in Philadelphia. This week, our Weekends in Philly series focuses on our overnight visit to the Omni Hotel at Independence Park.

 

The Omni Hotel at Independence Park is located at 401 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. I just love this location.  If you are looking to check out the Liberty Bell, Independence Mall, Historic Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center all of these great attractions are within walking distance. Take advantage of the Omni’s parking lot. Leave your car there and enjoy some of the best Philadelphia has to offer by foot.

 

My sons loved these touchable computer screens where they could learn more about what to visit in Philadelphia. |Photo credit Jersey Family Fun

 

In fact, if you need information about the places you want to visit, the Omni hotel’s front lobby has a large touch-screen computer that can help you with that. While checking in my sons were drawn to it. Which was good it allowed me to focus on getting our room keys and such.  The hotel lobby is beautiful with floors and counters in marble and bronze embellishments here and there. My children were in awe and thought the hotel was made of gold.

 

We made our way up to our room. The room was so comfortable we took a quick break to relax and get settled before heading out on an afternoon egg hunt at Stenton Museum.

 

Our room included:

  • 1 King-sized bed
  • A sofa that pulls out to a full-size bed
  • A 27 inch television with cable
  • A closet & dresser
  • Desk
  • A large bathroom with a standard size tub
  • Fully-stocked minifridge. (This refrigerator is stocked with alcohol beverages.  If you are traveling with children, be sure to check that this is locked.)
  • 2 comfortable robes for your use while staying at the Omni

 

Our room at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park

Click here for a virtual tour of our room on YouTube.

 

 

Later that night, at my children experienced one of their favorite parts of our stay Milk & Cookies at Bedtime. When your kids are in their pjs and just about ready for bed, call down to the front desk to order up yours. This  is a free perk for families staying at the Omni as part of their Omni Sensational Kids program. The bellman were great about reminding us every night we got back from our excursions to make sure we ordered up our cookies. (We stayed at the Omni for two nights.)

 

We had a great time. From check in to check out, the staff there were courteous and very helpful. Even on our departure, the valet helped me get my stroller and bags into my minivan. He didn’t send me off on my way till he knew I knew which direction I was headed.  And we are already making plans for our next trip to the Omni Hotel at Independence Park.

 

What you should know if you stay at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park in Philadelphia.

  • They offer an Omni Sensational Kids program.
    • At check-in, each child will receive a backpack filled with fun items designed specifically for them. Make sure you ask for this at check-in as there is some risk of not being able to get one if it’s an especially busy weekend. (We’ll talk about what is in the backpack in more detail in a later post.)
    • Kids receive milk and cookies delivered to their guest room in the evening. (You call down to order this when you are ready.) My boys each received 2 cookies and a glass of milk.
    • Kids can request to borrow a rolling backpack full of toys, books and games.
  • Since you are in the heart of Independence Park meal planning is easy.  Here are some options you can consider.
    • Eat in the hotel restaurant, Azalea restaurant (Our review will be available soon.)
    • The hotel also has a lobby lounge that serves light food in the early evening hours.
    • There is a small cafe right outside of the Omni and other eateries within walking distance.
    • Make a reservation at Dave & Busters in Penn’s Landing or stop by the City Tavern. (Our reviews will be available soon.)
    • Visit Philly.com for a list of restaurants within walking or driving distance.
    • The Bourse mall does offer a food court. It is located right behind the Omni. They have a variety of food options but are slightly expensive.
  • If you plan to watch the television in your room
    • You can watch most standard tv channels and some movies at no extra charge.
    • Their standard tv package came with Nickelodeon which was a nice plus.

 

 

  • If you plan to swim at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park’s pool.
    • It’s a rectangular-shape lap pool that runs from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet.
    • It’s open from 6 am till 8 pm, Monday – Friday. On weekends, they are open Saturdays, 8 am – 8 pm and Sunday 8 am – 1 pm. We were having so much fun in Philadelphia we missed our chance to check out the pool. We’ll have to tell you more about it on our next visit.
  • If you are traveling with babies or toddlers
    • Cribs and rollaways are available by request.
  • The Omni Hotel at Independence Park does NOT have their own parking garage. You may choose to self-park or valet park.
    • Self-parking at The Bourse Garage – $27 for a 24-hour period. No in-and-out privileges. (Meaning you pay every time the garage and the rate starts over once you reenter.) Located behind the Omni Hotel on 4th Street. Charges cannot be billed to your room account.
    • Valet Parking at Omni Hotel Entrance – $37 per 24 hours with unlimited access and $27 for Day Parking. Indoor, secured garage.  This is an extremely convenient option as you just pull up to the front entrance and the Omni Valet staff take care of the rest.
  • Room Rates may vary so it’s best to check the Omni Hotel at Independence Park site for rates and availability.

 

To view our pictures from the Omni Hotel at Independence Park visit our Facebook Gallery.

To watch our videos from the Omni Hotel at Independence Park visit our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/jerseyfamilyfun.

 


In full disclosure, this is a sponsored post from the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. We were provided with a room for 2 nights and Easter breakfast at the Azalea Restaurant at no charge. Our parking was included. These things were arranged so that we could review the Omni Hotel at Independence Park for its family friendliness.  However, our opinions are honest and based on our experiences at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park.

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