Hotel at a Glance: Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
Pinched between the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Drexel University, the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel offers convenient accommodations in the heart of Philly's academic hub. For sightseeing, you can take a quick subway ride into Center City, where you can tour Independence Hall or eat a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market.
- Convenient accommodations: Sweet Sleeper beds and complimentary WiFi make the guest rooms a comfy oasis.
- Noodles galore: Slurp up something delicious at the onsite restaurant, Sang Kee Noodle House.
- Committed to the environment: The hotel earned a Green Key Certification for its eco-friendly practices.
- Take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool, then get some sun on the deck.
- Work up a sweat at the recently remodeled 24-hour fitness center.
- Bring a furry friend: The hotel is pet friendly.
Philadelphia's University City: Three Universities Close to Downtown Philly
Stack three universities within a single neighborhood, and you're more or less obligated to call it University City. That's what happened in the easternmost area of West Philadelphia, just across the Schuylkill River from Center City, where the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia share the real-estate equivalent of a dormitory room. Unsurprisingly, the neighborhood is a bastion for the young and diverse, who live in the Victorian and early 20th-century houses lining the neighborhood's streets. One sight worth seeing at the Ivy League campus of the University of Pennsylvania is College Hall, a Gothic masterpiece that reminds students of the Addams Family mansion.
Just two miles east of University City is the historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown Philadelphia. Center City dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also home to Independence National Historical Park, whose high concentration of notable landmarks—including Franklin Court and the Liberty Bell—make it America’s most historic square mile.