In early April, I attended a conference at the convention center. All the downtown hotel were $300+. I was very happy to find Homewood Suites.
The building is new and the rooms very up to date and clean. The bed was very comfortable with lovely linens. All the staff I encountered were friendly and helpful. The front desk answered any questions I had. The breakfast (everyday) and dinner (Mon-Thurs) were well-stocked and tasty. Waffles every other day. I enjoyed the hot tub and pool, and although I didn't use it, the gym was nicely equipped. The hotel shuttle was available for pick up and drop off at the 30th street train station, which was helpful. If I were in Philly again, I would definitely stay here.
I also enjoyed the neighborhood. It is in the middle of campus and several hospitals, but there were really good restaurants and shops. It is a bit quieter than downtown, but during the weekend there were typical college parties in the area. This did not disturb my stay as there were many Uni of Penn security people out to take care of silly, drunken people. I felt safe walking by myself throughout my stay.
It took about twenty minutes by public transportation to get to the convention center and the front desk had the directions. Make sure to buy your tokens during the day from either the market or food court down the road. The kiosk at the station only takes exact change and especially on the weekend, stores open later in the morning. But, the ride was quick and stations were close to the convention center.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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