Driving north (to NY), and with a late start (didn't hit the road until well after the evening rush), I got as far as Philly (alas, after midnight), but spent a surprisingly pleasant night at the Philadelphia Renaissance at the airport. As I've often found, when in doubt, more times than not, Renaissance offers favorable pricing and one or more "little things" that tend to cause me to choose Renaissance first, almost anytime I have a choice.... And, yes, Renaissance offer the best toiletries (from Aveda - ahhhhhh, which I prefer to Thann - http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/polls/1281)....
A few quick additional notes and reactions:
ssindc...Thanks for posting your comments about your stay at The Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel...I prefer Renaissances whenever I can get them at a reasonable rate and am actually booked at the Philly location for Monday night...I'm really looking forward to my stay after reading your post.
Yep, tough to beat the Airport Marriott for the closeness to the rental car return as well as the security, but the real deal is the CL and Nathan the CL "MAN". He is such a wonderful fun happy go lucky fella, always smiling and greeting his guests usually by name if he has seen you previously. I sure miss not having that PHL layover.