Overview of AKA University City

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Indoor pool
Premium bedding, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds
Premium bedding, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds
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4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.8/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Gym

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 72-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided

Explore the area

    Popular LocationDrexel University8 min walk
    Popular LocationMutter Museum9 min walk
    Popular LocationRittenhouse Square13 min walk
    AirportPhiladelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.)14 min drive

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About this area


Located in Philadelphia's University City neighbourhood, AKA University City is near a train station. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mutter Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's notable landmarks include Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Check out an event or a game at Citizens Bank Park, and consider making time for Philadelphia Zoo, a top attraction not to be missed.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • University of Pennsylvania - 1 min walk
  • Drexel University - 8 min walk
  • Mutter Museum - 9 min walk
  • Rittenhouse Square - 13 min walk
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Philadelphia 30th St Station - 7 min walk
  • 30th St. Station - 7 min walk
  • AirportPhiladelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.) - 14 min drive


  • Sotto - 5 min walk
  • Sláinte - 5 min walk
  • Erawan - 6 min walk
  • Bridgewater's Pub - 6 min walk
  • Bistro St. Tropez - 7 min walk

About this property

AKA University City

4-star Philadelphia hotel in University City, walk to University of Pennsylvania
A restaurant, an indoor pool and a fitness centre are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and a free area shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café and a rooftop terrace are on-site. All 133 rooms feature kitchens with fridges and microwaves, plus free WiFi, free wired Internet and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find room service, premium bedding and coffee/tea makers. Limited housekeeping is available.
AKA University City offers 133 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board. Beds feature premium bedding. Accommodation at this 4-star hotel has kitchens with fridges and microwaves. Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries.

Guests can surf the web using complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Awards and affiliations

The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking: USD 26.00 per day
  • Free local area shuttle

Food and drink

  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor pool

Family friendly

  • Dry cleaning service
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Indoor pool
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Lift

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Laundry facilities

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Business centre


  • Garden
  • Rooftop terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Heating
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Shower


  • TV channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Fridge


  • Iron/ironing board



Check-in time starts at 3 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 9 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change):
  • Fitness facilities

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per day.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: USD 26.00 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit and window guards

Property is also known as

AKA University City Hotel
AKA Hotel
AKA University City Hotel
AKA University City Philadelphia
AKA University City Hotel Philadelphia

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at AKA University City and receive a full refund?
Yes, AKA University City offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to AKA University City cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does AKA University City have a pool?
Yes, this property has an indoor pool.
Is AKA University City pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at AKA University City?
Self-parking is available for USD 26.00 per day.
What time is check-in at AKA University City?
Check-in begins at 3 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at AKA University City?
Checkout is at 11 AM.
Where is AKA University City located?
Located in University City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Pennsylvania and Walnut Street. Drexel University and Mutter Museum are also within 10 minutes. 30th St. Station is 7 minutes by foot and Philadelphia 30th St Station is 7 minutes.
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Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

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It was fine,nice view and staff was great,i will love to be back over there
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
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Superb experience
It was amazing. The concierge was very nice. They called us ahead of time to ask what we need. When we get there, we requested to live as far away as possible from the elevator. They kindly accepted this request and actually upgraded us a studio penthouse! The view was amazing from the room. Also went to the pool at 28th floor. It was super clean as well. The staff were also very friendly and welcomed us anywhere we go.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Business traveller
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Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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The staff was excellent and accommodating . The rooms was very beautiful
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
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Amenities can't be beat. Access to the 28th floor provides a gym, pool, cinema, golfing simulator and indoor and outdoor lounges. The hotel rooms have way more than you get in any other Philadelphia hotel - washer/dryer, kitchen, Nespresso machine plus the decor is sleek and clean. Impeccably maintained.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020