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Conwell Inn
Ranked #63 of 88 Hotels in Philadelphia
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The hotel is conveniently located right in the middle of Temple University Campus, just a few meters away from a subway station and minutes away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There are nearby supermarkets, coffee shops (there is one that can be accessed from inside the hotel) and restaurants. The staff was generally kind and helpful. The room was relatively large, cleaned on a daily basis and they offer free Wi-Fi internet and cable TV. There is no room service at all, but in the room you will find several menus from delivery services. Overall, it is a comfortable place to stay and the cost/benefit seems favorable. I would not mind staying there again!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Conwell Inn for 3 nights in Philly to go to the flower show and tour a little of the city. People familiar with the city implied that the area isn't very good so we didn't know what to expect.
The location of the inn, on the campus of Temple U, was very pleasant and extremely safe, with security and police presence around. We were 2 blocks from the Broad street subway for easy access into downtown and driving from there was also very convenient.
The room was large, pleasant and clean. I would have liked a more spacious counter in the bathroom but otherwise we were very happy with the accommodations. The included breakfast was limited, but enough to get you started.
Overall, a really good experience!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stayed their twice, with my prospective college applicant son. The first time we stayed two nights and our room was not cleaned, because we were in it till 10 AM and we got skipped. Don't buy passes to the gym as there is very limited availability.
The second time we stayed, we were informed they no longer offered $5 vouchers for the adjoining coffee shop, had no decaf at the continental breakfast (told me to make the instant in my room), the internet didn't work on our floor, the king suite we were in was very small, the door would get stuck on the carpet when opened and the only place to put the coffee table if opening the fold out sofa bed was stacking it on the desk. No TV on TV stand in sitting 'room'. I wish they had a separate switch for the light and fan in the bathroom.
Staff was sweet, but young and uninformed about local area. Not as represented on line and not much value for $206.

Room Tip: Besides a wall and door, the 'suite' was no different in size than an average hotel room.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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TheConwellInn_GM, General Manager at Conwell Inn, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Greetings,

First of all, thank you for choosing the Conwell Inn, not once, but twice. I deeply apologize for missing any opportunity to allow for a better experience while you were here. While there are several things that were definitely within our reach to take care of for you, I apologize for your dismay at the coffee shop and the fitness centers...neither of which we have any control over as they are individual, unaffiliated businesses and set their own rules, guidelines and practices. All in all, if at the end of the day you aren't happy, that ultimately falls on us. Again my apologies, and I do hope you give us another chance. Thanks again for being our guest!

Justin R Walsh
General Manager

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Conwell Inn is located on the main campus of Temple University and very convenient if you have business on campus or need to be in that area of town.

The Inn is a short walk to the train line (which services the airport) and a subway station. It is adjacent to a coffee shop with pasteries. There is also a convenience store and restaurant/bar within a short walk as well as food trucks around campus.

A light breakfast is available in the morning. Fresh fruit is available all day. And fresh-baked cookies are available in the afternoon.

The front desk is often staffed by students but they are helpful and knowledgeable as well as responsive when the need arises. There is a business center in the lobby as well as tables where it's easy to meet with others.

The hotel is an older building so the bathrooms are not spacious but they are adequate. A vent fan comes on when the lights are turned on in the bathroom and that could be quieter. Also, there are no laundry facilities in the hotel which is inconvenient if you are there for an extended stay.

Parking at the hotel is limited to a handful of paid spaces, but worth the money for the convenience. Also being on campus and in an old building you sometimes encounter noises from people on campus late at night.

If you need to be in the Temple vicinity, the Conwell Inn is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We loved our stay at the Conwell Inn! We took a chance on this little out-of-the-way hotel based on reviews we'd read on a travel site. It was a great location: two blocks from the SEPTA, safe for walking about at all hours, and just a minute's walk from some groovy carry-out restaurants. Tons of food trucks were in the area too, so we ate really well each night!
The staff was super-nice and professional. They helped us make decisions about transportation, timing of public transportation for events, return to the airport, etc. (We were in town for the Peter Gabriel concert at the Wells-Fargo Center.)
We enjoyed both the complimentary coffee bar downstairs and the coffee shop on the premises. The breakfast offering was a little too limited for our tastes, so we patronized the coffee shop for that (but we gladly ate cookies and apples that the hotel provided in the lobby).
If we go back to that area of Philly, we'll definitely stay at the Conwell again. (We even bought four of their logo mugs to remember it by.)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank April R
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Despite the fact that weekend staff was not top notch in service, it was a good place to stay. Literally on the campus of Temple University, you might think it's closed to outsiders, but it's not. It's even pet friendly. Bathroom was huge with a Jacuzzi tub plus breakfast. Parking was a bit of a headache being about 2 blocks away. Sat night we were awaken to a routy bunch who just left the bar around the corner. Front desk was not accommodating when we called to complain about the noise and only would call police upon our suggestion. I suppose you can only expect student employees to undergo limited, if any training to provide great service.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Nice small hotel. great staff who try to make your stay as easy as possible. great cookies in the afternoon, weak breakfast. Parking available, but not great, really small spaces in an alley behind the hotel. if driving there use your smallest vehicle. Right in the middle of temple univ. really only reason to stay here would be to visit someone attending school or if you had business on campus.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Conwell Inn

Address: 1331 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range: $144 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Conwell Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Conwell Inn is a charming, boutique hotel, comprised of period style guest rooms, each reflecting our quaint, Victorian-style while hosting an abundance of complimentary services including free wireless high-speed internet, free afternoon tea and cookies and a complimentary copy of our local newspaper. The Conwell Inn offers all the luxury of a "big-chain" hotel with the ambiance of a boutique inn. Known for our exemplary customer service, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality services available. The next time you visit this marvelous city, let The Conwell Inn become your home away from home! ... more   less 
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