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A charming inn in University City with ties to Penn
The Inn at Penn is on the University of Pennsylvania campus and close to Drexel, so it's no surprise that a large part of the clientele is composed of students visiting colleges or parents visiting their children. The Penn bookstore is right downstairs, and it's a short walk to the heart of campus.
No wonder, then, that the inn's decor feels distinctly Ivy League. The lobby has rich wood paneling contrasted against plush modern furniture, and the library, dubbed the "Living Room," is stunning, with two fireplaces , wall-to-wall bookshelves, and drink service. An extensive breakfast buffet is served in the University Club, but after it concludes the Club is available only to members -- specifically, dues-paying University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students.
On the University of Pennsylvania Campus in University City, within walking distance of Drexel
The Inn at Penn is well situated for guests visiting either the University of Pennsylvania or Drexel University. It's toward the north of Penn's campus, closer to Wharton, but just about everything on campus is within easy walking distance. All of Philadelphia's main attractions, however, will require a drive.
Sophisticated rooms with impressive technology features
The rooms are an upscale blend of classic and contemporary. The classic elements include dark wood furniture, two-poster beds, and leather wingback chairs, while the clean lines, red and gold color accents (red and cold curtains, patterned red bed runners, gold pillows), and high-tech features are more modern.
Bathrooms are sleek if a bit small.
The 243-room Inn at Penn may be a Hilton, but it feels far more like a boutique hotel than a chain. Rich wood paneling in the lobby and the library add a traditional, Ivy League feel to the inn, and the hotel does in fact have strong ties to the university: It's not only located on Penn's campus, but the on-site University Club is exclusive to members after the breakfast for hotel guests concludes. The rooms are a sophisticated blend of classic and contemporary styles, and all have iPads, Cuisinart coffeemakers, and work desks with ample electrical outlets. Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar serves quality Italian fare for lunch and dinner.