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The Conwell Inn

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for our visit to Shriners Children's Hospital due to a reduced rate & close proximity. Additional pros: friendly & helpful hotel staff, many decent food trucks nearby on Temples campus plus a couple good restaurants, Temple police station next door for added security, 7-11 convenient store next door, not too far from several tourist attractions. Neutral/cons: rooms are older (not bad, just don't expect updated), parking is limited, hotel was difficult to find (GPS didn't recognize their "road/driveway" Beasley's Walk. It is a few feet N of Polett Walk. You need to turn onto Beasley's and circle back to Park then walk E on Polett to find the hotel entrance.) Overall would stay here again.

Nice little hotel. For the price you can't do better. Feels like it's a part of Temple University, so there's a lot of street life around it, but the rooms are well appointed and clean and quiet. We stayed in this hotel after having spent the previous night in the worst hotel still operating in the US (see other reviews). The contrast highlights the difference between people who care about their business and their property, and those who don't.

This is the second time I've stayed at this small campus hotel. I've already booked my next (third) stay. It's comfortable and tremendously convenient and affordable relative to other hotels in the area. I stayed in a king bed room overlooking the interior of campus. It was much nicer than the last room overlooking the alley. The sinks and shelf above the sink are too small for toiletries so that's a little challenging when dealing with make-up and hair products etc. However, it's not a huge problem. The bed was very comfortable. The room was spacious. It's very nice that the windows open to let in outside air if desired. The parking arrangements can't be beat. Make sure to reserve parking in advance. The cost is reasonable and less expensive than the Temple U garages and lots.

Location, location, location! If you giving a lecture -- my case-- or if visiting, or checking the school, this is a great place to stay. We had a wonderful bed, easy access everywhere and only few steps to everything. They don't include breakfast, not even continental, but I can suggest two places: one in the same building on the left, and a great bagel hut one hundred steps away. I have a bagel with cream cheese and two cups of coffee. At the bagel hut, paid 5 dollars; same thing at the coffee shop 8.75. No matter what easy, and they have lots of options--except for fruits!!

Would not recommend for business. Uncomfortable room and bed. Gym not on site. Wouldn't allow a late check out to conduct business call in room. Conducted the call in the lobby which was a space smaller than my room. Also located in the middle of the campus and next to massive construction project. And charged a $50 late departure fee for staying in room an extra 20 minutes. The hotel seemed abandoned - no customers in site. Definitely not customer friendly!

The General Manager of this property is fond of describing it with terms like "academic chic," or "old world." well, old is certainly correct: old, worn carpets; old, peeling wallpaper; old, worn sheets on old, springy mattresses; old, plastic showers and vanities in the bathrooms. oddly enough, most complaints about this property have to do with its somewhat obscure location (actually very easy to reach) and its decor, which management wants you to think is charming (but is simply worn out). but there is plenty more to find problematic, beginning with the students who staff the property who are reasonably nice, but certainly not up to professional standards. Next, as mentioned, is the dilapidated condition of the entire property (i saw several guest rooms and all the public spaces, and all were in a similar state of disrepair). Next is its location above a coffee shop and a convenience store, both of which can get pretty noisy. this being a college campus, food options are limited to places that cater to students. the rooms are large, but they are also dark, with beat-up furniture and creaky floors (stay on the top level unless you want to hear your upstairs neighbor padding around their room). All this, and the general rates are surprisingly high for this kind of property--somewhere between a b&b and an inn. Modest cosmetic repairs and a little staff training could make this a much nicer property. But for now, stay in downtown and take a cab: you'll have many better options on hotels and food, and probably won't spend any more.

Nice Inn inside Temple University campus. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Parking is very limited but you can reserve it with an additional charge. There is a small coffee shop adjacent and also other food places all walking distance.

Have stayed here several times most recently when a snow storm stranded us in Philly dropping my son back at Temple U. The hotel is on the Temple campus. Conveniently connected to a nice coffee shop and 2 doors down from a well stocked 7/11 if you have forgotten anything (or ummm... didn't pack anything since you weren't planning to stay) Nice and clean... comfortable...nicely decorated and well maintained. I expected it would be a total rip off being located on campus but not at all...very reasonable. I'm sure it's booked solid during move in week and graduation but other times I've been able to get in no problem. If you have kids or business at Temple you can't beat it!

I stayed in this hotel overnight when I went to speak at a conference on Temple's campus. It was great to be in the middle of the college hustle and bustle but still nestled in a quiet, historic little hotel right next to campus police. It was very affordable, and I will definitely stay here again. Insider tip -- because you're on campus, UberEATS will bring you food as late as 10pm. If you are using Uber though, make sure to give them the address of the big church on the corner since this hotel is down a brick wall and they won't be able to find or get to you (learned the hard way!).

Great night's stay at this hidden gem snuggled on the Temple U campus. Room was spacious, beds comfortable, and staff very friendly and attentive. Very convenient access to Septa trains for 7 min trip to Philly Center City.

1331 Polett Walk Philadelphia PA

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Temple University
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour business center
  • Concierge services

The Conwell Inn places you next to Temple University and within a few miles (5 km) of other popular attractions like Liberty Bell Center. This 22-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a coffee shop/café, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. Independence Hall and Reading Terminal Market are also near this Philadelphia hotel.


You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


The 22 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and phones. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Guests of The Conwell Inn enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a 24-hour business center. Self parking is offered for USD 15 per night. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 202 reviews