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Review of Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

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Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
Ranked #20 of 84 Hotels in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Overall a good hotel. Very clean and good comfortable beds.
Room facilities are very good which includes coffee machine and TV.
Has the option that if you choose not to have the sheets changed one morning you can get a voucher for discount in the Chinese/Thai restaurant on the ground floor (serves excellent food). The Scottish gentleman on reception was particularly helpful with queries. (Thank you!)
The hotle is also near a tube station therefore only a few stops from the centre of the city.

However – hotel has very poor communication skills in regard to replying to e-mails and phone messages. Still waiting to hear from them since August in relation to an issue.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank JayDenO
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

While this property might not be the most up do date in terms of furnishings, the people who work there are so nice and helpful it doesn't really matter what the hotel looks like. I arrived from an overseas flight sick as a dog and asked to be allowed to check in early. It was not a problem. Anything we needed from the front desk appeared very quickly, which was amazing because it was Thanksgiving. The bellman was very helpful with my luggage and all the employees were super nice. I would stay here again when in Philadelphia.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank anonymousplease
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

Initially chosen for the location, 4 blocks from U Penn Hospital, would rather have been further away at a nicer place. Upon entry into lobby and checking in, was met with an individual that clearly did not get trained in proper customer service behavior. He was unfriendly, unhelpful, unkempt, and seemed annoyed that we were bothering him. The overall smell of the hotel is stale and old. The room was clean but as many have also noted, needs to be updated. No fridge in the room and the bathroom offers the absolute minimum in functionality. Would never stay here ever again and would encourage others to look elsewhere before staying at this hotel.

Stayed December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Philadelphia was a pit stop stay before my Delaware meeting. This Sheraton was near the Amtrak station, making it attractive to get to Wilmington. Proximity to transportation is the only attractive thing I can report. SERVICE: A delayed flight prompted me to call the hotel. Hotel Staff said if I used a credit card the reservation was good until midnight. I'm perplexed that me calling to verify I'm enroute doesn't trump a credit card and hold my room past 12 if needed. He verified my king bed request; 40 minutes later I was given two beds. ACCOMMODATIONS: The hotel is situated among University of Pennsylvania and other schools/medical centers and is probably geared to visiting parents or students. My room was very "tired" - old furniture, stained carpet and dirty walls. Bedside light didn't work; no convenient plug in for blackberry charger. Noise is a factor; I could hear guest in next room using the bathroom. Staff encountered in hallways were not friendly - which I've come to count on everywhere I go. Sorry Sheraton. You really miss the mark in University City.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Firsthope
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Centralia, Texas
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62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Conveniently located near Penn and Drexel. The room was comfortable and adequately furnished, but it just looked dated. Tip: The $20/day fee to get access to the club room made the stay more comfortable. I spent several hours doing laptop work up there. The food was so-so, decent fruit plates, but the satay was dry and not very flavorful. Friendly staff.

Room Tip: If you're going to spend several waking hours in the room, consider buying access to the club ro...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank TXStellaGirl
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New England
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25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I'd stay here again especially with the $99 deal I found on the web site, but I'd ask for a room facing away from the street, because with a big single-pane window looking down on a street that's a regular ambulance route, it can be a little noisy.

I found the staff friendly and helpful, but I didn't need to ask for much, so I can't judge very well. The room was generally nice and in good shape, but needing attention in some aspects: seriously rusty doorframe, mold on the ceiling above the shower, and scotch tape on the faucet.

As many have said, the location is good for Drexel and Penn; it's also a reasonably short and safe-feeling walk from the main train station (30th St.) if you are arriving on Amtrak or taking the train from the airport (which conveniently goes directly to each terminal).

Despite the room needing a little attention to detail, there are areas in which you get top quality--for example the in-room Starbucks coffee tasted a lot better than what I'd been drinking in a lower-tier hotel the prior few days.

Room Tip: Higher floors and the north side are likely to be quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank tuctrohs
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Pa
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79 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Parking garage was a pain in the butt. Very narrow, but right underneath/beside hotel. Rooms were ok in size and decor. Liked the club floor for breakfast. When checking in, ask questions because front desk doesn't volunteer any information. Last day, key didn't work, and it was only 8:00 am.

Room Tip: Get club flors or right below for added security and convenience.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Thank JaneDoePa
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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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