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NFT: Wells Fargo Center / Navy Yard Area in Philly Tips

NJGiantFan84 : 6/13/2018 11:46 am
I am heading to the Paul Simon concert on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. As a frequent traveler for work, I have a nice amount of hotel points, so I decided to stay at a hotel to avoid any traffic going in or out.

I'm staying on Intrepid avenue near the Navy Yard. Its about a mile away so I can walk back and forth.

How is parking in the area near the hotel? The hotel charges $15 for on-site parking but states there is "complimentary" off-site parking. I'm not exactly sure what they mean by that, but I'd rather not pay a parking fee if it can be avoided.

Any restaurants nearby that I could check out for a quick bite to eat? I'm not looking for anything fancy, but it doesn't have to be cheap either.

The tickets I got were in the "club box." Does this come with any type of food/drink benefits? Or is it just access to the club level?

Any other comments/advice/recommendations are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance!
There is nothing down there...  
vonritz : 6/13/2018 11:52 am : link
Cancel your room, get something in center City, and take the Broad Street Subway. That way, you'll have plenty of options for grub and whatnot
I'm not sure that is walkable  
Eman11 : 6/13/2018 12:01 pm : link
Even given the short distance. (Though I'm pretty sure it's more than a mile)

The only hotel down there is the Holiday Inn and the only places to eat I know of close to the WF Arena would be in the Holiday Inn, and the big XFinity Live building they have there near where the old Spectrum was.

That area doesn't have much to offer and if you can't stay at the Holiday Inn and walk to the venue, I'd take the advice above and stay in Center City and train it down to the show. More hotel/restaurant options and the train is a piece of cake.
Oh wow,  
NJGiantFan84 : 6/13/2018 12:18 pm : link
okay thanks guys! I appreciate it!
RE: Oh wow,  
Eman11 : 6/13/2018 12:28 pm : link
In comment 13990279 NJGiantFan84 said:
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okay thanks guys! I appreciate it!


I've also used points and stayed at one of the Airport hotels. The Sheraton Suites there is pretty nice, and their restaurant was good for both dinner and breakfast. I took a cab to the show (10 minutes and $15) but getting one after is tricky.

Best thing if you do that and can't get a cab/Uber right away is walk to the Holiday Inn, grab drink or a bite to eat and there are usually cabs out in front all the time.

The whole area is pretty much just the Sports Stadiums/Arena, Parking lots and warehouses, plus the Holiday Inn and XFinity Live building.
I work down at the Navy Yard....  
NavyBlue : 6/13/2018 9:19 pm : link
You will be fine at the Courtyard, and the stadiums are very easy to walk to from there. Off-site parking is street parking, which there is plenty of on the weekends, because the Navy Yard has semi-controlled access and no one lives down there. The hotel is also only a few years old, and it sounds like you are using points, so your out of pocket will be basically nothing for the hotel.

Bar Amis is good italian, and its right at the main gate on Broad St. It's not open on Sunday's though, so that's a dowside. Center City definitely has tons of options for food, and it will cost you less to Uber or take the subway there (station is right at the sports complex). Parking at Center City hotels is $48 a night. XFINITY Live has a bunch of bars and big screen TVs, and a few places to eat with slightly better than standard bar fare.

If the weather is nice, and it interests you, you can walk around the Yard and take in the decommissioned cruisers and frigates, or walk along the Delaware River. It's a nice campus with a mix of historic buildings, old ships, and open spaces.
RE: I work down at the Navy Yard....  
NJGiantFan84 : 6/14/2018 10:23 am : link
In comment 13990764 NavyBlue said:
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You will be fine at the Courtyard, and the stadiums are very easy to walk to from there. Off-site parking is street parking, which there is plenty of on the weekends, because the Navy Yard has semi-controlled access and no one lives down there. The hotel is also only a few years old, and it sounds like you are using points, so your out of pocket will be basically nothing for the hotel.

Bar Amis is good italian, and its right at the main gate on Broad St. It's not open on Sunday's though, so that's a dowside. Center City definitely has tons of options for food, and it will cost you less to Uber or take the subway there (station is right at the sports complex). Parking at Center City hotels is $48 a night. XFINITY Live has a bunch of bars and big screen TVs, and a few places to eat with slightly better than standard bar fare.

If the weather is nice, and it interests you, you can walk around the Yard and take in the decommissioned cruisers and frigates, or walk along the Delaware River. It's a nice campus with a mix of historic buildings, old ships, and open spaces.


Awesome, thanks!! I actually decided to stay at the hotel once I saw the parking fees for all the hotels in Center City. From there, I will either order delivery or Uber to Center City. And this way, I can just walk back afterwards.

I appreciate all the information and tips.
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