I had already been planning to write a post recommending the Sheraton Four Points Philadelphia as a great place to stay if you’re flying in or out of the Philadelphia Airport. For one thing, it’s incredibly convenient and very close to the airport – one exit north on I-95 and right across the street from the airport’s long-term parking lot.
The rooms are stylish in a we-went-shopping-at-IKEA kind of way, with nice linens and toiletries. There’s free Internet and comfy pillows. The shuttle to the airport takes five minutes and runs 24 hours a day. And the price for parking can’t be beat: $7 a day in their gated lot (even if you don’t stay there, you can park there, which I now intend to do every time we fly out of Philly). It was also affordable: I was able to find a room for just over $100 on Expedia.
In addition to all of these practical considerations, this hotel now has my undying gratitude because they took such good care of an important member of our family: Lovey Bear. I wrote earlier about how in the early-morning daze of getting the boys ready to go to Los Angeles, I left Teddy’s special lovey in our room. As a parent traveling with small children this had to be my number one travel nightmare come to life. As soon as I realized what I had done, which was the minute we boarded our plane, I called and pleaded with the warm and reassuring voice on the other end to make sure that the LB was retrieved.
Over the course of the next ten days I spoke with three different people on the housekeeping staff and all of them were beyond kind and concerned. They were careful to call me back with updates and made me feel like they understood the gravity of the situation. Because we were gone for so long and because several people were involved, there did end up being some confusion about just where the LB was and he wasn’t waiting for us when we returned, late at night, from Arizona. But the next day they located him and Teddy and I headed up there immediately after preschool to pick him up.
When we arrived, he was waiting at the front desk: “He’s been talking about you all morning,” the lovely young woman working there said to Teddy with a wink. Accompanying him was this note:
It was a little confusing to my boy – since LB is embroidered with the name Teddy, the staff naturally assumed that this was what we called him. But Teddy was thrilled as you can tell. Do I really need to say that all of us slept much better that night?
If you have an early morning or a late night flight out of Philadelphia I unreservedly recommend the Sheraton Four Points. I may start staying there just for the heck of it – I’m sure Lovey Bear would like a visit with his old friends. (Just a friendly reminder that I’ll always disclose if I’ve been offered a free room. I stayed at the Sheraton on my own dime.)