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“Second stay, staff much friendlier, still room to improve” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

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Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
Ranked #19 of 84 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Slingerlands, New York
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512 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Second stay, staff much friendlier, still room to improve”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

The location is great, next to Penn and Drexel. Train station right out the door. Upgraded to club floor ($20 with elite status), both breakfast and pre dinner snacks a bit sparse for a club lounge. Housekeeping needs some improvement, left dirty dishes, did not make up the rollaway. Room service pretty much limited to oriental. Speaking of rollaways, still at $30, too much in my opinion for a pricey hotel. On the good side, clean, comfortable room and lobby. The hotel just lacks a "personality", hard to explain, but hopefully makes sense.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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SheratonPhiladelphia, Manager at Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, responded to this review, September 7, 2011
Thank you for choosing to stay with us, again! We love that you saw an improvement with our service. We appreciate the feedback and do apologize for the items noted did not meet your expectations. Feedback such as yours helps us to continue to improve our service and amenities. We will review your comments with our Housekeeping and Food & Beverage teams. We hope to see you on a future stay!
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

Stayed 1 night. Great location if you are visiting U Penn. Ok rooms. Friendly staff. Nothing spectacular.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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cheshire, ct
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed at the University City Hotel for just one night. We usually stay in center city. Driving up to the hotel, the entrance was not easly seen and we drove right past it. There is no valet parking or anyone greeting guests. Check-in was quick, but the self-parking was a bit of a hassle as we had to drive around the hotel, come back into the lobby and then switch elevators. Self-parking was $20. (When we left the parking lot, the attendant took another $20 from my husband, who hadn't realized they had already charged our credit card. I had to go into the hotel and get a refund on the extra $20 from guest services). Anyway, the lobby was nicely decorated although quite small. It was busy with college students, visiting parents, and other guests. The hallway carpeting was not impressive and needed a cleaning and vacuuming. The room itself didn't seem to bad. It was neutrally decorated. Once we got into bed, the mattresses were soft and the bedding didn't smell clean. The hotel location needs some walking to any restaurants, etc. I would give the hotel a solid 3 star. It needs a little extra attention to cleaning, and an upgrade on the mattresses to be a 3.5 stars. If the price is right, I might stay again, but I prefer the center city location for walking, etc.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank athenabar
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Richmond, Va.
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

When we checked into the hotel, the reception person talked so fast and robot-like that I felt like I was on the receiving end of a SNL skit. I had to keep asking her to repeat herself, which she clearly found annoying. This hotel is rated "3-1/2 Star Deluxe" (whatever that means) and I would say it's a low 3 Star. Beds and bed linens were very nice and the bathroom was fine. But the lobby was dated, the staff unhelpful. Not totally rude, just unhelpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank NanaAnne
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Jamison, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

I am dedicated to my fitness training and hate skipping a workout when I travel. The fitness center at the Sheraton was great! I enjoyed running on the Life fitness treadmills...and the layout of the facility was spacious and clean. Thanks for providing a wonderful fitness center for your guests!

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

I took my daughter on a college visit tour and one of our stops was Philly. This Sheraton is great for visits specially to Penn, Drexel, and Villanova if you are on a tight schedule (24-48 hours max). If you plan to spend more time in Philly, it would probably make more sense to get a hotel in the Rittenhouse Sq. area which is very nice. The hotel staff was very helpful and you can keep acess to their parking garage until 5:00 pm the day you check out, if you still want to wander around Penn or Drexel campuses. Parking in this area can be very complicated and expensive...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Budgettraveler58
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Love this hotel. Outstanding location near the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel campuses. Gracious staff, excellent housekeeping, nicely sized rooms and a truly wonderful Chinese restaurant on the first floor. Member of the Starwood hotel group.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
Address: 3549 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3361
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > University City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#28 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#35 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 316
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by Philadelphia's famed education and medical centers, the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel is a great choice when visiting Philadelphia for business or leisure. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sheraton Philadelphia University City Resort
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