So Rent A Limo

Posted: November 26, 1989

When the November issue of Conde Nast Traveler came out with a cover that announced a feature on how to survive a short stay in Philadelphia, we naturally ripped it open. They pretty much got it right, as they should. (After all, the magazine's motto is "Truth In Travel.")

After tossing accolades to the Four Seasons ("a much-needed touch of class"), The Rittenhouse ("you may want to conduct your business from the bathroom") and the Hotel Atop the Bellevue ("still a little unpolished but worth considering"), it urged visitors to try dining at Odeon, Susannah Foo's, Le Bec-Fin, and assorted other eateries (including Pat's Steaks).

Walking was recommended as the best way to get around the city's compact downtown, but, alas, the writer apparently had the misfortune of setting foot in a Philadelphia taxicab. "These are generally dirty and the drivers often won't know the street you want," he said in a lament many Philadelphians would echo. "One didn't even know where Independence Hall is."

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