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Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-City Avenue 3.0

University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Big studios and suites with kitchenettes and sofa beds
  • Free breakfast with a waffle machine
  • Free dinners Monday through Thursday
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour convenience store
  • Fitness center with cardio equipment and weights
  • Small laundry facility on-site
  • Indoor pool
  • Meeting rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Paid parking away from hotel
  • Pool and fitness center shared with neighboring Hilton

Bottom Line

Primarily positioned as a business-oriented hotel, the mid-range, 122-room Homewood Suites eschews swankiness for usefulness. The hotel offers many of the amenities one might require while on a road or extended business trip, including room to work, room to work out, and a hot meal -- in or outside of one's room. What it's missing is flash, modernism, and a bit of charm. The out-of-the-way location isn't near much besides a medical school, Saint Joseph's University, and Fairmount Park, though prices here are typically cheaper than at more central hotels. The big suites with kitchenettes and sofa beds on offer will appeal to business travelers and budget-minded families alike. However, those who prefer a Center City location may also want to consider the Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center, which sometimes doesn't cost much more. 

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Scene

A business hotel low on aesthetics and relatively high on functionality

This 122-room hotel sits in the shadow of its larger, slightly cheaper sister hotel, the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, and can actually be difficult to locate. Once inside, guests will find the mostly dark brown decor functional -- if a bit austere -- and entirely befitting an establishment tailored to travelers on business. (Though a fair share of budget-minded families stay here instead of Center City to take advantage of the low rates and big suites.) Outside, the Homewood facade has little to offer in the way of appealing design. Inside the lobby, the public sitting area, with its accompanying fireplace and wall-mounted TV, is more welcoming but just short of cozy. The dining area is more spacious and geared toward efficient self-service.

Location

An out-of-the-way location north of University City, near Fairmont Park

The Homewood Suites, while situated atop a hill, does not occupy a particularly scenic location. It is essentially located on the backside of a bigger, more immediately recognizable Hilton hotel. Neither is the Homewood convenient to Center City or any of the city's best known tourist attractions. The Liberty Bell is over a 20-minute drive away. Philadelphia International Airport is even farther. Fortunately, the hotel does offer car rental on-site, and public transportation is accessible nearby. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is directly adjacent, Fairmont Park is a three-minute drive, and Saint Joseph's University is a five-minute drive. The University of Pennsylvania and the other institutions in University City are a 15-minute drive south. 

Rooms

Big studios and suites with sofa beds and kitchenettes

The rooms at the Homewood Suites are about what you would expect from a mid-range chain -- they're steeped in earth tones and decorated with dated wood furniture and wall-to-wall carpeting. A few well chosen pops of color and pattern give them just a touch of personality. Studios, One-Bedroom, and Two-Bedroom Suites are available. As expected for a business-oriented property, each room features a desk, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Budget-minded families will likely appreciate the ample space, sofa beds, and kitchenettes with microwaves, full-size fridges, toasters, dishwashers, coffee machines, and two-burner stovetops. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos and Neutrogena spa products. Mobility and hearing accessible rooms are available upon request.

Features

Free breakfast with a waffle machine and a shared indoor pool

In keeping with its business bent, the Homewood Suites has not one but two executive meeting areas ideal for conferences and presentations. There is also a business center with individual terminals; Wi-Fi is free throughout. The fitness center, which features weights and elliptical machines, is open 24 hours a day, as is the "Suite Shop" convenience store. There's a small laundry room on-site with two washer/dryer pairs. The hotel shares a well-lit, indoor pool with its neighbor, the Hilton. Free breakfast -- including DIY waffles -- can be found in the dining area every morning. Dinner is served from Mondays through Fridays, which adds tremendous value. Parking (not free) is off-site but within walking distance. Valet parking is available for a higher fee. 

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Address

4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131, United States

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  • Homewood Suites Philadelphia

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