“Environmental” Hotel

Arrived at the Sheraton Ritthenhouse Square in Philadelphia without any help tot the directions from the hotel’s website.

Folks- if you have a website to help your customers, a little advice. Make sure the information you are providing is up to date, and thus, HELPFUL.

At any rate, we found the hotel, no thanks to the Sheraton folks, and then drove around the building twice trying to find the valet. He finally showed up, so we went in and checked in.

The Sheraton at Ritthenhouse Square bills itself as an ‘Environmental Hotel.’ How do I know? Because it says so on everything, to include the cityh maps of Philadelphia.

I must admit that as a West Virginia rube, I am not sure what an ‘Environmental Hotel’ is, but after showering I am beginning to suspect it is a euphemism for crappy water pressure. They want me to re-use my towels, too, which I have no problem with whatsoever. I hope their attitude towards the bed linens is a little different, and those change from customer to customer. I will approach the bed with caution and let you know later.

Oh yeah- you can’t smoke anywhere, either, so I guess ‘Environmental Hotels’ are much like the city of New York. I know I have gained weight in the past few years, but I never considered myself big enough that my lungs were an environment of their own until now.

I have no problem foregoing small luxuries and even undertaking small hardships if it will help the environment in the long haul. However, it seems to me this is a really shitty bit of marketing for the environmental movement. Unless I am right, and ‘environmental’ really is code for inconvenient.

*** Update ***

Don’t let my pissy post fool you. The hotel is quite nice- not the best hotel I have ever been in, but the rooms are enormous and the bed may be one the most comfortable I have ever slept in outside of the Westin in Pittsburgh, which has the best beds in the world. Since I have been here, the place has grown on me, and it has free wireless, is located in the heart of the ritzy area of Philly (assuring no accidental contact with Atrios or his type), an I have since learned that the water pressure sucked because I was taking a shower at a popular time.

I am also no longer steaming at the crappy directions or the lazy valet, so I am more open-minded.

9 replies
  1. 1

    As part of the Blogging Across America tour, I was in Philly for a few days. I stayed at the Motel 6 in Maple Shade NJ. It required driving but overall it was probably much less expensive than a comparable place in Philly.

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    Kimmitt says:

    Oh yeah- you can’t smoke anywhere, either,

    For the record, those of us who are sensitive to cigarette smoke appreciate your forbearance.

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    howard says:

    for the record, those of us who have to endure loud lefty whining when out and about would appreciate some forbearance, as well, Kimmitt.

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    Kimmitt says:

    Man, I don’t even know what that means.

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    Roo says:

    Maybe environmental means “cost-cutting”, you know- saving money on utilities, the maids, cleaning ashtrays. Whatever, they’ll have Madison Ave. put a positive spin on it.

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    Howard says:

    “Man, I don’t even know what that means.”

    You know what, Kimmitt? I totally believe you.

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    Dorian says:


    Spelled it correctly this time. I’m with you on the smoking issue. Which means smoke irritation is not strictly a liberal concern.


    Did the hotel have those soap and shampoo dispensers in the showers instead of real bars of soap or shampoo bottles? I thought this was sham in the name of the environment because while I’m sure the hotel is saving money on these I didn’t see my cut of the savings.

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    Kimmitt says:

    Oh, he was trying to imply that all persons who happen to be allergic to cigarette smoke are liberals? That’s not even a little bit of a joke.

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    shark says:

    I have no problem foregoing small luxuries and even undertaking small hardships if it will help the environment in the long haul

    I do. If I’m paying luxury hotel prices, I want luxury hotel service. That includes clean towels every single day. I’ll reuse my towels if they take a little off the bill. Otherwise, forget it

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