Fodor's Expert Review
On the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, this hotel is a welcome sight for anyone needing to stay in University City. The hotel, with a grand staircase in the lobby and a beautiful wood-paneled library with working fireplace, has a warm, collegiate atmosphere. Up-to-date room amenities abound, such as complimentary wireless service and an iPad. Be sure to stop in for breakfast at the University Club.
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Standard rooms are newly renovated and feature 250 thread count linens, down pillows and duvets. Standard in all rooms are two terrycloth robes, DirecTV, and multiple charging locations. All Artwork is consistent with an Ivy League feel.
Double Rooms have bathtubs. King Rooms have glass-enclosed walk-in executive showers. Raindrop shower heads with hand-held wands are standard in all rooms, along with Evolve lighting controls, backlight/fog-free mirrors, magnified makeup mirrors, hampers, and Crabtree and Evelyn bath amenities.
The lobby has craftsman design with heavy wood tones. Recent renovations in the main lobby include the Front Desk, Concierge and all furniture and flooring materials. Common areas include pieces of sculpture from The R. Tait McKenzie and Joe Brown Collection of Sports Art.
The onsite gym offers a full array of cardio equipment as well as free weights and a universal machine.
Room service from 6 am-11:00 pm has healthy options, chicken and waffles, sandwiches, burgers and delicious steak options. The Living Room is available for Cocktails and snacks (try the Meditteranean platter), soups, salads and sandwiches from 5pm-11pm. The University Club breakfast offers Continental and full American Breakfast Buffet in addition to an a la carte menu.
Tip Louie Louie, a European Brasserie, is set to open in May.
The Living Room offers comfortable couches, overstuffed chairs, and community tables for small groups getting together from 5pm-11pm and serves crafted cocktails like the Collegiate Martini.
The hotel is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania and three blocks from Drexel University so its smack in University City. 30th street station is a 15-minute walk, and trolleys and buses rule West Philly, you can catch the 36th street trolley to get around town. Walking is always an option for West Philly sights and city hall is a 37-minute walk, so take a taxi or uber to get to Center City. Bike shares are available as well.
White Dog Cafe (3-minute walk) is a local institution since 1983, particularly a West Philly institution, is an award-winning contemporary local, seasonal, sustainably raised American Cuisine resto known for friendly service.
CoZara (7-minute walk) is a chic two-floor Japanese izakaya for small plates, sushi and sake cocktails.
Sang Kee Noodle House (3-minute walk) is Philly's best Chinese food, with locations in Chinatown and around the city. Try the shrimp dumpling noodle soup and the duck.
POD (1-minute walk) from Steve Starr is an ultra-modern conveyor sushi/pan-Asian restaurant that also has an ultra-hip lounge with colorful cocktails.
City Tap House (8-minute walk) is a popular tavern with 60-plus craft beers plus an outdoor terrace. They also serve brick oven pizza.