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AKA University City

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Indoor pool
Flat-screen TV
Premium bedding, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds
Premium bedding, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds

Overview of AKA University City

VIP Access

AKA University City

4.0 star property

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Gym
2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationUniversity of Pennsylvania1 min walk
  • Popular LocationRittenhouse Square13 min walk
  • Popular LocationFairmount Park15 min walk
  • AirportPhiladelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.)14 min drive
VIP Access
Curated for quality and service, VIP Access stays consistently receive our highest guest ratings.
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  • Extra savings and perks for Rewards members

Room options

About this area


AKA University City is located in University City, a neighborhood in Philadelphia, and is near a train station. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mutter Museum are cultural highlights, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit Walnut Street and Reading Terminal Market. Franklin Institute Science Museum and Philadelphia Zoo are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • University of Pennsylvania - 1 min walk
  • Drexel University - 4 min walk
  • Mutter Museum - 9 min walk
  • Rittenhouse Square - 13 min walk
  • Fairmount Park - 15 min walk

Getting around

  • 30th St. Station - 6 min walk
  • 30th St Station - 7 min walk
  • Philadelphia Intl. Airport (PHL) - 14 min drive


  • Sotto - 5 min walk
  • Sláinte - 5 min walk
  • Res Ipsa Cafe - 5 min walk
  • Saxbys - 6 min walk
  • Erawan - 6 min walk

About this property

AKA University City

4-star hotel in the heart of University City
University of Pennsylvania and Rittenhouse Square are located near AKA University City, which provides a rooftop terrace, a coffee shop/cafe, and a garden. In addition to dry cleaning/laundry services and a bar, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • An indoor pool
  • A free area shuttle, self parking (surcharge), and an area shuttle
  • Smoke-free premises, a 24-hour front desk, and concierge services
  • An elevator
  • Guest reviews speak well of the helpful staff and walkable location
Room features
All guestrooms at AKA University City boast comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi and room service. Guest reviews highly rate the spacious rooms at the property.
Other amenities include:
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) and free cribs/infant beds
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Kitchens, refrigerators, and microwaves


English, Spanish

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/140°F 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 sanitizer 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 transportation

  • Self parking on site (USD 26.00 per day)
  • Free area shuttle

Food and drink

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

Things to do

  • Fitness center
  • Indoor pool

Family friendly

  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Indoor pool
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Elevator

Guest services

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

Business services

  • Business center


  • Garden
  • Rooftop terrace


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


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Heating
  • Premium bedding
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower


  • Cable channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Iron/ironing board

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90% of travelers were happy with check-in
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

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per day
Free cribs are available on request at the property

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • 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

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
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 a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

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

Does AKA University City have a pool?

Yes, this property has an indoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at AKA University City?

As of Oct 4, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at AKA University City on Oct 5, 2022 start from $355.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is AKA University City pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the 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?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is AKA University City located?

Located in University City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Pennsylvania and Rittenhouse Square. Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). 30th St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and 30th St Station is 7 minutes.

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.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 280 out of 330 reviews
5 - Excellent 85%
Rating 4 - Good. 31 out of 330 reviews
4 - Good 9%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 330 reviews
3 - Okay 2%
Rating 2 - Poor. 6 out of 330 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 5 out of 330 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
This has been one of the best hotel experiences. From the staff at the front desk, especially Amber and the entire AKA team are phenomenal.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great accommodations very friend and professional
Stayed 2 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Business traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Everything is good except the sensitive for noise. We were in 2915 and still hearing the crowdey streets.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Gorgeous view of the city. Decor was very modern and sleek. Staff was very attentive . Gave us a complimentary bottle of wine for waiting to check in. Would love to come back in the summer to enjoy the garden lounge.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
I loved this hotel the staff is very friendly and the room is very clean
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Everything was great
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
People at front desk act scared of black people gave me a hard time to get in when I showed all proof of that I paid & for the 2 hour wait they upgraded my room
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

4/5 Good

Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2021