Where to stay for Bryn Mawr/Haverford visit?

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Jan 16th, 2018, 05:09 PM
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Where to stay for Bryn Mawr/Haverford visit?

I'm bringing 4 high schoolers from Atlanta for a quick 2 night trip to Philadelphia area. We'll tour Bryn Mawr and Haverford formally and walk around Penn and meet up with a friend for an informal look at Penn (couldn't fit the timings to get a tour there).

Obviously our focus is BMC/Haverford so could just stay nearer there. Any thoughts on location and options? But also thinking staying more central in Philadelphia would be fun.

Might also check out airbnb to accommodate our group. Then likely downtown will have more options.

Thanks for any ideas.
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Jan 16th, 2018, 05:45 PM
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You might want to move this thread to the US forum, or ask to move it. (Sorry, I'm not sure what the current options for doing so are.)

In the meantime, I'm sure you are aware that both Bryn Mawr and Haverford are along Philadelphia's "Main Line" and both can be a bit quiet in the evening. It the goal is to learn a bit about what it is to live in those communities, staying near one might make most sense. if the goal is to visit the colleges and take advantage of some time in Philadelphia, you could stay in the city and easily make it out to each campus.

Wishing the high-schoolers good luck with their decisions! It's nice of you to escort them.
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Jan 16th, 2018, 06:00 PM
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Jan 16th, 2018, 06:59 PM
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As someone who graduated from Haverford, I can tell you the hotels along the Main Line are not many--it's quite residential. But if there are 5 of you, you might want to try an Air b and B or VRBO.

Or you could stay in the city. The train ride is not long from Philly to Haverford and then it is only a little more than a mile walk to BMC. Depends on what you are looking for. Fun in Philly? Then stay in Philly. Staying on the Main Line is sedate and not at all like what it is to go to school there. If I were you, I would stay in Philly for the fun .
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Jan 16th, 2018, 07:00 PM
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Also--as a former Haverford tour guide, each tour only takes about an hour. You could see BMC and HC in half a day.
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Jan 16th, 2018, 08:36 PM
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We have visited Penn and Haverford, on two different trips.

First trip we got a great rate through Hotwire.com for the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel very, very close to the edge of Penn's campus. My husband and son went. My husband said it was a nice hotel but that it would not have been worth the rack rate. Btw, Hotwire will guarantee up to 4 beds, not 5, so I'd think twice about going that route with your group.

The other place near Penn that I liked is a Homewood Suites and would sleep 5 people. For a larger group, that might make the most sense. I really like extended stay places with kids because you can pick up some groceries for breakfast and late night snacks.

We had wanted to stay near Haverford on our second trip. As mentioned above, there's not much right by the schools. Lovely neighborhoods though. Picked a Sheraton out by Valley Forge through Rocket Miles. Orginally we had wanted to visit Valley Forge and maybe the mall there, but my daughter added an additional college so we didn't have time for it. I wouldn't recommend staying that far outside Philadelphia really. If I had to do it over again, I'd stay at that Homewood Suites.
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Jan 16th, 2018, 10:58 PM
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Bryn Mawr College has lodgings at the Wyndham Alumnae House house if available although I believe they are doubles. Staying in Centre city and taking the train is also easy as both Colleges are a short walk from their respective train stations. Penn station is close to Penn and there are some hotels not that far away. Hotels close to BMC/Haverford probably in Wayne, about a 10 minute drive away.
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Jan 17th, 2018, 06:46 AM
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Check out these two SEPTA passes during your stay:
SEPTA | One-Day Individual & Family Independence Pass

With either of these, you can ride the Thorndale Regional Rail from Center City to Haverford and to Bryn Mawr, and then the Market-Frankford Line (aka "Blue Line") to the Penn Campus at 34th Street Station. These passes will allow you to reside just about anywhere you want, and then easily get to where you want to go.

Even if you're used to Atlanta traffic, I do NOT recommend trying to drive in Philly on a visit. Indeed, I don't even recommend driving in Philly if you live here!
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Jan 18th, 2018, 07:52 AM
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Donít think driving in Philadelphia that bad as long as you avoid rush hour, particularly on the Schuykill and driving at night in any strange city. Easy to go to the Main line from the airport via the Blue route.
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You have four good options for your stay. You could stay in the Radnor/Devon area and take Conestoga Rd down to Haverford. There are a few hotels, including a Courtyard by Marriott, there that would be fine. Yes, it's quiet but Rt 30 is the commercial strip in that area so there is a lot of shopping and several restaurants.

Another "suburban" option would be to stay on City Line and take County Line towards the Main Line. There isn't a lot that's interesting on City Line except St. Joseph's Univ but if you find a good hotel at a great rate, it's a perfectly good alternative for you. There are a lot of chain restaurants where you can feed the kids.

Staying in the city proper would provide the entertainment of the city environment. With the kids, I'd choose the historical district, Old City or Society Hill when looking at hotels. Other neighborhoods such as Rittenhouse are nice but I think it would be great for you to stay near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to show the kids the historical aspect of the city.

IMO I think your best option would be to stay in University City. You can walk around UPenn and easily head out to the Main Line. There are many restaurants within walking distance that cater to the student budget and it's a fun, vibrant neighborhood. The Homewood Suites is a good option, the Sheraton is another. The best located hotel is the Inn at Penn but it's pretty pricey. The Study is a wonderful new hotel right at the edge of the Penn Campus. I would also look at the new AKA Stay Hotel. It's gorgeous and has many high end amenities including full kitchens but because it's new, the rates are very reasonable. I think though, that all the beds are kings which may not work for you, and the sofas are not pull out. If you find an Airbnb there, tell us the address and we can let you know about that specific neighborhood. We can also provide you with routes in and out.

Amtrak comes into 30th St Station which is a walk or short Uber to all the hotels in Univ City.(there is no Penn Station) As PaulRabe mentioned, you can take the regional rail or Septa out to the Main Line from that Station. The subway is very easy from that area too if you want to go to the historic district.

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Jan 20th, 2018, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by mjs View Post
Bryn Mawr College has lodgings at the Wyndham Alumnae House house if available although I believe they are doubles. Staying in Centre city and taking the train is also easy as both Colleges are a short walk from their respective train stations. Penn station is close to Penn and there are some hotels not that far away. Hotels close to BMC/Haverford probably in Wayne, about a 10 minute drive away.
30th Street station is the station you want for a Penn visit.

As as others have mentioned, there aren't many hotels in he Main Line. If you aren't going to vrbo/air b&b route, I would definitely stay in Philly. You will be a 25 minute rain ride from the city to Haverford. You can walk to Bryn Mawr College, uber there or jump back on the same train line (Paoli-Thorndale) and then walk to the college. There are many great restaurants in Bryn Mawr as well.
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Jan 20th, 2018, 09:20 AM
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Sorry brain f..., 30th street station. Guess itís been awhile since my West Philly days, although more recently through my daughter.
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