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Penrose Hotel
Ranked #75 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
Kenmore, New York
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Read this before you run away!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I chose this hotel (even after reading the bad reviews) because I was in Philly for 1 night with 2 girlfriends for a concert at the Wells Fargo Center & just wanted a room that was cheap (since I was already planning on spending a ton of money on my trip), close to the venue, and didnt have bugs.
I did not tell my friends about the reviews for the hotel until we were standing in line at check in. I pulled them up on my phone, we all were laughing hysterically & my friends were saying 'We're gonna kill you! What were you thinking!'. We laughed all the way up the elevator to room 1104 where we stayed & anticipated seeing the room which we thought would be Bates Motel based on other reviews.
Things the other reviews got right: the carpet was dirty & did not appear vacuumed (whatever we kept our shoes on). The room did smell old & musty (this was taken care of with a few squirts of body spray.)
Things that differed from the other reviews: The bathroom was clean & worked well, there were 2 waste baskets, there was a large coat rack, the bedding was very clean, comfortable & smelled fresh. The walls & curtains were very clean-looking. The air conditioner worked like a dream. The decor was modern (flat screen TV, black, white & silver lamp/headboard/mirrors (no flowers)) I would stay there again. Great diner across the street, 5 minutes from awesome bar/nightclub next to the Wells Fargo Center. Great cab drivers from All City Cab.

What do people expect from a 2 star hotel!?

Room Tip: Room 1104 was great, maybe we lucked out because its not how other people were saying the rooms are.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Garland, Texas
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

First, their shuttle from the airport stunk to high heaven and it was filthy! When I arrived you could tell it was old and not well kept. The receptionist was nice but no restaurant except Wed- Sat. Hallways and elevator were old and dirty. The room was nicer but old carpet with large burn marks. Only 2 ice makers for 14 floors!!! A/C worked. I might stay there again if I was by myself and in a pinch, but otherwise NO!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
1 review
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised about the overall condition of this hotel. The room was very large and fairly modern. My expectations were not incredibly high, so I was actually quite pleased with how the hotel turned out. While located in southern Philadelphia, the cities main attractions could easily be reached via public transport and or taxi conveniently located near this hotel. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to people who are like me, only visiting for a short period of time, and will not be spending the vast majority of their time in the actual hotel.Special thanks to Julian who works at this hotel for being extremely helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Gardner, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Well , we stayed for a night ( 7/8/13 ) to go watch the Phillies against the nationals , is clean , decent , and very important close to the sports complex like 20-25 minutes walking , a nice restaurant (breakfast , lunch and dinner ) just across the street , if your intention is to spend a night or two in Philadelphia to go watch sports this hotel is an excellent option, there's an nice and huge sport bar named chickie's & pete's cafe just 10 minutes from the hotel on the way to the sport complex , good service , lot of food and drinks and don't miss the crab fries .

Room Tip: 16 floors , pick one from the 4th down if possible .
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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hanover township, pa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Well worn but clean. We drive 2.5 hrs, check in, go to a Phillies game, come back to the room, have wine with tv, go to sleep, get up and have breakfast at the great Penrose Diner across the street. Our stay was $148.00 less than the Holiday Inn right down the street. For 1 night and the proximity to the Sports Complex we are well pleased.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a view of the Sports Complex, some of the refinery. Opt for the Sports Complex if yo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had a very nice stay in this hotel, was a very good deal, for the price. I recommend, the hotel ais closed to several restaurants, shopping center, and 15 minutes to downtown Philadelphia. The people are friendly. The room was good and clean.

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North Arlington, New Jersey
1 review
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I stayed with my dad over nite, pleasant, working shower,toilet and sink and great a/c.
Cons..ice machine on 5. & 15 h floor. Slight musty odor
Recently painted walls/ ceiling.
Much netter stay then I had expected.
Breakfast is what it was toast cereal , juice coffee
Front desk is backed up but the sweet girl was nice and patient with all questions being thrown at her such as what is the pass word for the free wifi?
Over all it was cheap and available when I needed a hotel when the convention was in town and charging 3 to 4 times more due to the demand, glad skyview did
Not take advantage of the price hikes that particular weekday like all other in town hotels did.

Room Tip: Stick to the low floors, convenient due to the sloe elevator.stairs are quicker and accesable
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Penrose Hotel
Address: 2033 Penrose Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145-5623 (Formerly Ramada Philadelphia City Center)
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Penrose Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 192
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Also Known As:
Skyview Plaza Hotel And Suites
Skyview Plaza Hotel Philadelphia

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