Simple, eminently affordable little rooms—ask for one with bay windows for a sitting nook, or a corner room, which are the biggest—help make this spot in Washington Square West popular. (Especially in the off season, when prices can dip a good $20–$50 below the regular published rates). Though a bit of a walk from the major sights (although nothing is truly "far away" in tiny central Philly: Independence Mall is 7–8 blocks to the east, as is City Hall to the northwest), the Alexander is in a hip and happening neighborhood filled with restaurants and nightspots, especially if you head north up Carmac or 13th Street. No one will accuse the Alexander of being a fancy inn, although the 1972 gutting and total overhaul did retain a few Art Deco elements from the original, 1930s hotel on this site, but it does things right where it counts.
It is clean, courteous, and cheap, and offers for free amenities for which many larger and pricier hotels charge, such as the breakfast buffet, 24/7 snacks (fruits, pastries, breads), free Wi-Fi, and the business center. No pets are allowed.