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2929 Walnut St Cira Centre South, Philadelphia, PA 19104-5054
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 95 hotels in Philadelphia
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AKA University City's ultra-luxury hotel residences, featuring Philadelphia's highest and most spectacular residential views, are available by the day, month or year. Sophisticated amenities include an entire 28th floor dedicated to resident wellness, relaxation and enjoyment; Cira Green, a visionary, one-acre landscaped oasis 90 feet above street level; and Walnut Street Cafe, a world-class, seasonally-inspired restaurant.
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Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Wifi
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Meeting rooms
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
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Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
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Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Grade: 91 out of 100
43Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
8Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Vivek A wrote a review Nov 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1 contribution
I stayed in temporary housing at aka University City for ~1 month, while we were waiting for our house to be completed. The rooms are amazing - great view of the city, fully furnished, including kitchen/dining. The staff were great, very helpful. Cleaning service was much appreciated. All COVID CDC guidelines were followed - I felt safe. Walking distance to PENN and CHOP hospitals (0.7 mi), convenient to restaurants and to walking/cycling along the river. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family visiting town I can't say enough about the staff - they are outstanding!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: North facing rooms - away from sun, South-face the afternoon sun (better view)
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded Nov 28, 2020
Thank you for leaving such gracious feedback about your stay and our team! We are happy that you enjoyed your time at AKA University City, and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best Regards, Michael Front Office Manager
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Bryant Y wrote a review Oct 2020
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Just stayed @ AKA for about 2 months. The staff (Frederick, Lou, Nasir, Steve, Kamilayah, etc.) were all AMAZING and always super helpful. Whether it be scheduling a housekeeping service during COVID, or sending out packages for me, the staff at AKA were always professional and courteous. Honestly, couldn't say enough good things about the building & staff!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded Nov 5, 2020
Dear Bryant, It was a pleasure to welcome you to AKA University City, and we are delighted that you left such gracious feedback for our front desk team. I will surely be sharing this review with everyone at AKA, thank you for the recognition! We hope you stay safe, and look forward to welcoming you back to Philadelphia many times in the future. Best Regards, Michael Front Office Manager
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Beatriz P wrote a review Oct 2020
Parkland, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is a wonderful option to stay in Philadelphia. Modern, luxurious, elegant, and cristal cleaned. The building has beautiful apartments from studio size to bigger ones. Modern furniture, fully equipped, elegant decoration. The kitchen has everything you will need. In addition, this building has some gorgeous amenities: a breathtaking indoor pool, an open area with furniture in a garden, you don't even feel you are on a high floor... business center, gym, and an elegant lounge room decorated with such good taste. I ended renting here not only for the first month but for two years. I have no doubt in recommending this place.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded Oct 28, 2020
Greetings, thank you so much for the feedback. I am so happy to hear that your experience for the first month was so great that you decided to stay with us for two years! We are very excited to have you staying with us as a long term resident, and can not wait to get to know you better.- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager
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Bella wrote a review Oct 2020
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Our stay @AKA University City was nothing short of phenomenal. The view, amenities, location, room, and staff from Friday 10/9-Sunday 10/11 left me speechless. Especially the service, attention, and professionalism demonstrated by Camila Short. She was an absolute God send and personally made it her goal to ensure absolute excellence. She addressed every question and concern immediately and made us feel at home away from home. Camila also went the extra mile and single handedly saved our wedding party as one of the bridesmaid’s earrings broke and Camila was able to get us some krazy glue with minutes to spare before our party departed for the big event. We couldn’t have been at a better establishment, made to feel more important/comfortable, or been in better hands ANYWHERE else than AKA University City AND with Camila Short. This place is breathtakingly beautiful and AKA is lucky to have Camila. We cannot wait to come again and refer to all our friends and family.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded Oct 14, 2020
Greetings Bella, thank you so much for the feedback. I am delighted to hear that Kamilah made your trip so special and I will be sure to share this feedback with her. We loved having your group here with us and we hope to have you stay with us in the future!- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manger
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Kyle K wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia6 contributions
We were here for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday, and believe me when I say we cannot wait to return. This was our first time staying at an AKA property so we were a little unsure of what to expect. First of all, the building is absolutely gorgeous with breathtaking views of downtown Philly. The Level 28 pool, movie theatre, lounge, and gym are pristine. The suites are so much larger than what you would get at almost any other hotel and are well appointed with high quality amenities. Also, you have access to a rooftop park next door on the parking deck that has a giant screen, grassy areas, and a grill and bar. The most important element worth noting, though, is how hospitable and friendly the AKA staff are. From the moment we arrived they learned our names and made us feel so welcome. Lou, Steve, and Kamilah at the front desk/door made sure we had everything we needed and knew where all the best local restaurants and bars were. We were given a complimentary room upgrade when they learned it was my birthday and helped us arrange to stay an extra night in the same room when we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave. Also, the bartender Lindsey and the Level 28 attendant Margherita made sure we were set up with drinks, the pool, and our own private movie theater. If you’re worried about staying in university city, don’t be—the building is still just a short walk to everything downtown and is more than worth it for what you’re getting. We can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 14, 2020
Good afternoon, I am so happy to hear that you had a great weekend with us celebrating your birthday! We take pride in making sure that everyone has a breath taking experience, and I love hearing that our staff was so intent on making your special weekend one never to forget. Come back soon!- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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PRICE RANGE
$262 - $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUniversity City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
268
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Frequently Asked Questions about AKA University City
Which popular attractions are close to AKA University City?
Nearby attractions include University of Pennsylvania (0.1 miles), Schuylkill River Trail (0.2 miles), and 30th Street Station (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at AKA University City?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at AKA University City?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at AKA University City?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at AKA University City?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to AKA University City?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shake Shack, Beck's Cajun Cafe, and Bridgewater's Pub.
Are there opportunities to exercise at AKA University City?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at AKA University City?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does AKA University City offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to AKA University City?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Battleship New Jersey (2.9 miles), Independence National Historical Park (2.0 miles), and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (0.8 miles).
Is AKA University City accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.