Our hotel is the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. The hotel is in downtown Philadelphia on Penn's Landing which overlooks the Delaware River and is just a few blocks from the Old City/Independence Mall. It's adjacent to the Independence Seaport Museum. The New Jersey Aquarium is right across the Delaware River from the Hyatt and is easily accessible by ferry.
Rates: $149 single/double, $169 triple, $189 quad
rates good Wednesday, November 28-Monday, December 3; note that the block closed on 11/10/2012.
The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia is a luxurious, 22-story hotel tower, offering 348 contemporary, spacious guest rooms (each room with a coffee maker, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, mini-refrigerator, high-speed Internet access, 2-line speakerphone, and complimentary newspapers). It has 11 suites including 3 junior suites, 7 VIP suites, and a presidential suite on the 21st floor, all of which overlook the Philadelphia skyline or the Delaware River.
Relax in the pool...
Or the bar...
Floor Plan, 3rd Floor
Sample function room
We have the third floor of the Hyatt for program. The Riverview rooms combined can hold about 180 people, and the Washington rooms will be set schoolroom style and can seat about 20 each. The William Penn Boardroom can hold about 12 for a small workshop or a meeting.
Note: There is no WIFI on the 3rd floor.
The con suite is on the 21st floor, offering a view of the Philadelphia area.
The Hyatt is a non-smoking hotel. All restaurants in Pennsylvania are non-smoking. The Hyatt is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you're coming in to Philadelphia from the airport, take the Lady Liberty shuttle to the hotel ($10/person). The vans go into Center City about every 10-15 minutes from 5:30am until midnight.
General information from the Hyatt on getting from the airport or train station. The Philadelphia Airport also has a transit to/from the airport page. Check the Travel page for some additional information.
*The above parking rates include tax.
Alternate parking in Philadelphia is non-optimal All parking in Center City is metered (including Sunday) and in a lot of cases time limited; meaning you can only park for the maximum time then have to move the car, not just pay the meter for more time. There is also some residential permit only parking that should be watched for.
One alternate near the hotel are the Delaware River Waterfront parking lots. The waterfront lots do not appear to allow multi-day parking, and only one of them is open 24 hours.
The closest parking garage near the hotel was on Lombard Street, just west of 2nd Street. It is $22 for a max of 24 hours. If people want to use it for multi-day parking, they would need to come back after 24 hours, leave and pay, drive around the block, and park again.
If you don't need your car during the con, the cheapest and easiest option appears to be to park in long term parking at the airport ($11/day) and take the Lady Liberty shuttle to the hotel ($10/person). Stop at the hotel first, drop off your stuff, then drive to the airport.
To park at the airport:
A note from David Axler (Phily native) on parking in downtown: "During the month of December, metered street parking is free on Saturdays between 11 AM and Midnight. I'm not sure how much there is near to the hotel, but it might save a few people some money."
This might be helpful for people who are driving in to attend on Saturday but who aren't staying at the hotel.