The Hilton properties in Center City were booked for some reason, so I traveled across the Schuylkill River and did not regret it. We stayed for one night in a one-bedroom suite.
New, clean, modern. Adjacent to Penn, but a short drive across the bridge to Center City. Staff was polite, complimentary breakfast. Free wi-fi. Our 11th floor room had a wonderful view. HVAC was nice and quiet. Comfortable bed and linens. Casual restaurants, movie theater, grocery store very close by. Didn't notice any noise from either the street or the hallway.
This hotel wins my award for Most Impressive Response to an Extra Towels Request. While down in the lobby (at around 10:30 pm), I asked the front desk person if we could have some extra towels for our room. She immediately whipped out a walkie-talkie and barked orders to someone. Very shortly after our trip back up the elevator, there was a knock on the door and our towels had arrived!
Even though the hotel is in an area of campus apartments/fraternities, the neighborhood is well-kept (this is the Ivy League, after all!), and we enjoyed walking down Walnut Street and looking at the varied and interesting architecture of the area.
What prevents me from giving it 5 stars:
No self-parking. Valet parking only for $39/night. And although the bedroom was spacious, the living room/kitchen area was small, cramped, and had no natural light. The light switches are weird and it sometimes took several tries to get a light to come on. The bathroom has one dim light over the toilet, so if you are in the shower/bathtub it's rather dark! (The bathroom sink is outside of the bathroom and has better lighting.)
FOOD TIP: You can take advantage of the suite's kitchen by purchasing some provisions at a nice, full-size supermarket called The Fresh Grocer that is only a block from the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The suites in our brand-new University City property come in studio and one-bedroom sizes, all with top amenities and modern, attractive decor. Each suite includes a full kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and twin-burner stove, and features separate living and sleeping areas with all the comforts of home and more. ... more less
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