Hotel Review: Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

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The canopy bed in the author’s suite

While BLT left the exterior with its Beaux Arts splendor, the interior is somewhat of a mash-up.  The interior design. AvroKO said the décor “channels the Snellenburg’s department store” that had been a part of the Girard estate on 12th and Market Streets.  They used 1980s hip-hop culture for color and design inspiration and blend in an array of art commissioned from local artists.  There are too many to mention but look for Issac Lin’s mural, Abby Goodman’s collage, Carla Weeks’ oil painting, Frank Plant’s custom welded steel sculpture, Nate Harris’ digital print and custom mural, Kurt Herrmann’s acrylic on canvas, Dana Bechert’s ceramics, and the Dufala Brothers wall sculpture.

I arrived on a warm spring afternoon and pulled up in front of the Ludlow Street entrance. Before arrival, I had used the Hilton Honors app to check in, select a room, and was supplied a digital room key.  This made it unnecessary to stop by the reception desk, which had been elegantly fortified with bank-like Plexiglas partitions to separate guest from staff, although I did stop by as a courtesy while taking in the vast lobby.


My room, PH17, was on the top floor and a Hilton CleanStay seal had been placed on the door to provide additional assurance that my room had been sanitized in accordance with Hilton’s pandemic protocols. Each room had a delightful period sconce on the wall above the room number, making it easier to find one’s room here than at the vast majority of hotels.

A section of the living room in the author’s suite

The room had a king-size Canopy bed with gel memory foam and Serta Cool Balance technology mattress.  While there was no closet, an attractive brass bar with hangers and a patterned backing was attached to the room’s chest of drawers.

The elegantly quirky bedroom was dominated by an imposing headboard that curved over the head of the bed.  On the night table next to the bed was a retro green push-button phone with a red handset cord styled in the manner of a 1950s dial phone, along with several hand sanitizer packets and a television remote sealed in plastic for my protection.  The phone never seemed to work properly, a minor complaint: After all, who uses an in-room phone these days?

Perhaps somewhat in the manner of an international first-class flight, there were the signature orange Canopy socks placed at the foot of the bed, labeled “We’ve got you covered.”

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