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AKA University City

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2929 Walnut St Cira Centre South, Philadelphia, PA 19104-5054
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 17/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 17/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 99 hotels in Philadelphia
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AKA University City's ultra-luxury hotel residences, featuring Philadelphia's highest and most spectacular residential views, are available by the day, month or year. Sophisticated amenities include an entire 28th floor dedicated to resident wellness, relaxation and enjoyment; Cira Green, a visionary, one-acre landscaped oasis 90 feet above street level; and Walnut Street Cafe, a world-class, seasonally-inspired restaurant.
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Property amenities
Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Wifi
Pool with view
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Safe
Iron
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Modern
Romantic

Location

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91Great for walkers
Grade: 91 out of 100
45Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
8Attractionswithin 0.5 km
257Reviews8Q+A43Room tips
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marmal0509 wrote a review 22 Nov
New Jersey44 contributions11 helpful votes
We stayed at the AKA University City for Philadelphia marathon weekend. The location was perfect. The race course was right in front of the hotel. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed. There is a very nice outdoor space on the 28th floor. There is also a well stocked gym (with Peloton bikes) and an indoor pool. We had amazing views from our windows which are almost floor to ceiling. The rooms have great lighting during the day, and blackout shades for nighttime. Everyone at the front desk was extremely personable and friendly. Shout out to Tony for helping us with our reservation prior to check-in. Some additional information - the AKA is right near University of Pennsylvania and the Schuylkill River Path which leads up to the Art Museum and Boathouse Row. There are many restaurants nearby. The garage next door makes parking very easy and trouble free. I wish that we could have stayed longer. We will definitely stay here during our next visit to Philly.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded 5 days ago
Greetings, thank you so much for the lovely review! I am thankful to here that you enjoyed your stay with us while you were in town for the Marathon. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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Pinky and the brain wrote a review 21 Nov
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The front desk staff were always helpful. The suite was very comfortable. Nice comfy beds, peaceful place. What would I improve? I don't love glass tables ... ... and although each room had a TV, all three were different, so it was a hassle just finding the channel you wanted. Minor details. It's a great location and the pool is gorgeous and often we were the only ones swimming.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded 4 days ago
Greetings, thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am happy to hear you were able to enjoy our pool during your stay, and that the room met your expectations for the property. Thank you for the note regarding our TV's I will be sure to pass this note along to management, so that we can work on this. Please come back to visit again.- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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arborfieldman wrote a review 18 Nov
Wokingham, United Kingdom637 contributions238 helpful votes
Truly impressed with my suite at AKA University City; more spacious than some city apartments, comfortable bed, two bathrooms, three wardrobes… nothing else required really. The gym on 28th floor was spacious and well equipped, the pool looked great and the free coffee on 28th was decent (but only from 06:00 — why not 24 hours as I had a 04:00 call with UK and had drunk everything in my room). I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded 1 week ago
Greetings, thank you so much for the review! I am happy to see that you enjoyed your stay with us, and that the suite had all the amenities that you needed to have a comfortable stay. Thank you for your input regarding our coffee service. I will be sure to pass on your suggestion to the management team, and we will discuss making adjustments to the hours. Please come back to visit soon!- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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Alex P wrote a review Oct 2021
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Recently moved out of the AKA after a year, had an absolute great time living there. Beautiful views and amenities, but the best part of living there was the front staff. The front desk is always available to help with anything you need, and the doorman Lou was the absolute best- always looked forward to coming home to see his friendly face and to catch up, and he always made sure that both you and your guests were taken care of. Highly recommend you stay here!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded 18 Oct 2021
Greetings Alex, thank you so much for the review! We loved having you stay with us and you will surely be missed. I am happy to hear that Lou was such a friendly face for you and your friends. We hope you come back to visit us as a short term guest in the future!- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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scott r wrote a review Oct 2021
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I am on a long term lease at AKA University City , i moved in Oct 1, 2021. Carla has been very helpful in giving me the information i needed to successfully move in . My apartment is beautiful. It has an amazing view and its truly a luxury apt . The front desk has been very helpful. I would recommend this property to anyone
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Michael Weaver, Guest Services / Front Office at AKA University City
Responded 14 Oct 2021
Greetings Scott, thank you so much for the review! Glad to hear Carla made your transition to our property smooth, and that our front desk team has been able to help you with all your needs. We are looking forward to getting to know you over the next year!- Tony D'Erasmo Assistant Front Office Manager.
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PRICE RANGE
US$262 - US$377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUniversity City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
268
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Frequently Asked Questions about AKA University City
Which popular attractions are close to AKA University City?
Nearby attractions include University of Pennsylvania (0.2 km), Schuylkill River Trail (0.3 km), and 30th Street Station (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at AKA University City?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at AKA University City?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at AKA University City?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at AKA University City?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to AKA University City?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shake Shack, Bistro St. Tropez, and Walnut Street Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at AKA University City?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at AKA University City?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does AKA University City offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to AKA University City?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Battleship New Jersey (4.7 km), Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1.3 km), and Independence National Historical Park (3.2 km).
Is AKA University City accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.