I stayed for a number of nights at the Penn Homewood Suites. It was a good stay. I had a small but comfortable suite on a mid-level floor that was high enough to offer views. The vast majority of the rooms face south, toward Philly, so you can get a bright and good look at the surroundings. The neighborhood is classic American urban college town, with food and movies and pubs.
There is a 24 hour grocery store with a huge selection of pre-made or made to order food within a block south on Walnut Street, so it was a cinch to stock the fridge. I never attended one, but the HS has a dinner reception four or five nights a week, so it is possible to eat cheaply, especially with the included breakfast. The breakfast was in a nice setting and had an outdoor balcony for eating. The food was not very good (could there possibly be more salt in something as basic as oatmeal?) but you could cobble something together, and anyway, you have your own kitchen and plenty of food options around.
The lobby and almost every other common space is on the third floor. so when you arrive (I drove) you unload and take elevators up. Valet parking was expensive (about $40/night) but there is a public garage a block away that was about $10/night less. Really nice valet staff. Helpful with directions, maps, etc, in addition to the nice wall computer with touch screen that was very handy.
The hotel is clean, bright and new. I want to particularly call out the bright and spacious exercise room. It was quite lovely and not an ugly afterthought. The equipment was high quality and well-maintained, and it was all glass and motivation!
Therefore, the dark room was a surprise to me when I went to my suite. They are set up with the bedroom running the length of the suite (all of the windows are in the bedroom), and the living/dining and kitchen area are windowless and dark. Even with every light on I found it dark and cheerless, which was such a contrast to the bright and comfy bedroom. I kept the BR door open to try to get some light, but no way around it... I thought that it was dark and dreary. Such a contrast to everything else and probably the only flaw. The suite had everything needed. Full sized fridge, equipped kitchen, small dining area, two flat-screen TVs, etc.
I would absolutely stay there again. Good location, near the subway and lots of transportation, clean, well-priced.
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- The suites in our brand-new University City property come in studio and one-bedroom sizes, all with top amenities and modern, attractive decor. Each suite includes a full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and twin-burner stove, and features separate living and sleeping areas with all the comforts of home and more. ... more less
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