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“Perfect for a visit to Temple”
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Conwell Inn
Ranked #62 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
Chicago, IL
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30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Perfect for a visit to Temple”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights while my daughter and I attended orientation at Temple. The hotel is right on campus so the location was perfect for us. If you are visiting Philly for something unrelated to Temple, this hotel would NOT be the place to stay. The room was clean and comfortable. We requested a refrigerator and the hotel was happy to accommodate the request for $10.00 per night. This would have been fine except the first fridge didn't work at all and the second one kept things a little colder than room temperature. The desk clerk was very nice and offered to take the charge off the bill. There is a simple complimentary breakfast: juice, coffee,, yogurt, toast, etc. and fruit and cookies throughout the day. There is nothing available for vending machines (there is a soda machine in basement but it was not working) but there is a 7-11 and coffee shop right next door.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I stayed here only for one night. The hotel was good value for the price. Subway to go downtown was only 5 minutes away. I also chose the hotel because I was taking a train to New York in the morning and you can take a train directly from Temple to the 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia. Room was surprisingly large, nice and clean. Breakfast was very limited but OK. Somebody warn me about the area but I went downtown and came back late at night and it did not feel unsafe. Overall a good experience. i would not hesitate to stay there again if returning to Philly

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Located on the campus of Drexel University, this is a nice and comfortable place. However, if you're interested in doing anything downtown, or, for example, U. of Pennsylvania, it is quite far and taxi rides are pretty expensive. Except for occasional students, or groups of students, the streets around the inn are deserted. I saw only a bookstore and a couple of low-end stores several blocks away. And the only restaurant recommended by the hotel is really what the name, Draught Ale, ssays--it's more a watering hole, though the food is good, and the service pleasant.
Two comments about the rooms--they have a separate sitting area, which would be convenient for families. The rooms' lighting system is a bit inconvenient in that there is no nightstand or lamp next to the bed, so that one has to turn off the lights across the room and walk to the bed in the dark. A modest breakfast is served in the morning (included in the price) and one can supplement it at the cafe accesible from the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Florianopolis, SC
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Reviewed 6 May 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, travelled on business
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Brooklyn, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 January 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, travelled with family
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TheConwellInn_GM, General Manager at Conwell Inn, responded to this review, 22 January 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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Louisiana
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Reviewed 14 October 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, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Conwell Inn

Property: Conwell Inn
Address: 1331 Polett Walk (was West Berks Street), Philadelphia, PA 19122
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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