Penn Center/Suburban Station

Penn Center/Suburban Station

Penn Center/Suburban Station
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3.5
66 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Dwayne L
Columbia, Maryland, United States41 contributions
Solo
This is a real Jeckle & Hyde experience.
During the day this is a cool urban Art Deco mall and food court, at night it's post apocalyptic.
and due to locked doors, requires a LOOOOOONG lonely walk to exit to the street. You may encounter some "characters" on this walk. Not really recommended for late nights, or weekends after 5
Written March 20, 2014
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DSickman
Bensalem, PA26 contributions
no two days are the same, stay away from every secluded place
Written July 9, 2012
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,462 contributions
Solo
How many people walk past NY’s iconic Empire State Building and never look up, or pass through Grand Central Station and not notice the bustle of a subterranean city? The latter is the case for Penn Center, truly the heart of the city. I came across this marvel of years gone by, when transferring from Market Street Blue Line. I walked through a labyrinth or corridors lined with shops. What is it with Philly’s love of Dunkin Donuts? There must have been as dozen (chortle, chortle) locations throughout this major transportation hub.
Written May 29, 2015
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Barbara O
1 contribution
Solo
Unfortunately, there aren't enough shelters or people choose not to stay in them, so there are homeless men, mostly, seemingly living here. I had to take a train early Sunday morning and had nowhere to sit because all the benches were taken by homeless people, either sitting or lying down on the benches. There are hygiene issues. Two men who seemed mentally unstable were screaming hostile comments at the crowd, and it felt uncomfortable for me as a 60 year-old woman to be there alone waiting for my train. I don't know if I'm inhumane to feel the way I did, but I resented the environment as a taxpayer and paying customer. This is a major train hub in a major city. Surely, Philadelphia could come up with a better solution, especially the countless churches if the city can't get its act together
Written February 17, 2017
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DinningMaster
Plymouth Meeting, PA2 contributions
Business
The suburban station is now becoming the shelter for homeless and therefore making the place smells stinky, unsafe, and dirty. The benches are all occupied by the homeless, and I do not even want to sit down because it so dirty.
Written February 3, 2017
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Commuter17
Jenkintown, PA1 contribution
Friends
If you like navigating your way through hoards of homeless squatters with NO transit police in site, then Suburban Station is for you. Very SCARY place and SEPTA has no plans to fix the problem.
Written March 18, 2017
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NTP66
Willow Grove, PA492 contributions
Business
Suburban Station is just awful; there's no sugar coating it. From the panhandlers to the homeless to the low bar shopping, it has no real redeeming value other than providing a method for you to actually leave the area (via train). The tracks are numbered out of order, so for anyone new to the area, good luck trying to find the two tracks that are only accessible via hidden stairwells.
Written July 26, 2017
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FoodObsessed44
New York City, NY56 contributions
Couples
Suburban Station is filthy and loaded with homeless people - I saw an individual take drugs. Heaven forbid you need to use the bathroom...yuck. As SEPTA is the world's least reliable means of transportation, you can be rest assured you'll be spending some time waiting for your train (which will undoubtedly be late).

The location is good in terms of things to do (phila is an awesome city), but that's all I can say in a positive light about this place.
Written January 1, 2017
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jamesthos
20 contributions
Business
Especially this time of year, a visit to the station can be heartbreaking. There is a large armed police presence, whose primary purpose is to chase away homeless people, whose numbers are legion. As to the fast food joints, they are all overpriced because of the onerous rents that Septa imposes. Unless you are a commuter and obliged to pass through, the locale is best avoided.
Written December 2, 2016
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Kac N
Boyertown, PA149 contributions
Friends
It was a cool place to duck into after walking around Christmas village. Great service at Star bucks and history on the walls.
Written December 15, 2019
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