Akwaaba Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA

Experience warm Akwaaba hospitality in the “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” Located in the University City section of Philadelphia, the historic 1880s manor features a gracious porch and grounds along with six guest rooms and suites accommodating up to 20 lodgers. Original, ornate woodwork, stained glass and marble fireplaces abound throughout the inn. Modern-day amenities include on-suite bathrooms, wifi, flat-screen TVs and more.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the light-filled dining room, afternoon refreshments in the handsome sitting parlor, and a warm cup of Joe or tea anytime on the welcoming porch, all while listening to the musical sounds of Philadelphia. The decor of each guest room or suite is inspired by music from Philadelphia throughout the decades.

When you head out for a day of work or play, you’ll find Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania a few blocks away, along with dining, shopping and cultural venues. Center City is only 3 miles away. Akwaaba Philadelphia really is your perfectly located home away from home!

Akwaaba Philadelphia’s Special Touches

  • 1880s historic mansion with gracious porch and grounds
  • Located in fashionable University City, a few blocks from Drexel University and U Penn, near fine restaurants and shops and a walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo and 30th St. Amtrak Station
  • Decorated to celebrate Philadelphia’s rich music legacy
  • Spacious guest rooms and suites, all with private baths and kitchens, kitchenettes or a microwave and mini fridge
  • Air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, clock radios, wireless internet and guest computer station
  • Luxurious robes for lounging
  • Custom bath amenities and blow dryer
  • Extensive library
  • Private meeting and event spaces
  • Scrumptious, expansive breakfast
  • Afternoon refreshments
  • Personal concierge to arrange tours, restaurant reservations or anything else you may desire
  • Limited on-site parking available, $15 daily



**In Philadelphia, prices range from $150-$375 depending on the dates of travel, number of persons in your party and which room selected. Rates do not include Philadelphia sales & lodging taxes of 16.5%

The Swoon Suite
Akwaaba Philadelphia - The Swoon Suite
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Neo Soul Suite
Akwaaba Philadelphia - Neo Soul Suite
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Like It’s Golden
Akwaaba Philadelphia - Like It’s Golden
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Blue Note
Akwaaba Philadelphia - Blue Note
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Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya
Akwaaba Philadelphia - Itchi Gitchi Ya Ya
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Roots Retreat
Akwaaba Philadelphia - Roots Retreat
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The Press Says

“As soon as I rounded the corner on to Baring Street, the jazz-infused notes of Teddy Pendergrass woke up my groove thing. I was in the right place.”

Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

CBS Philly News“Akwaaba Philadelphia offers the comforts of home with a special Philly-style twist. You’ll feel like you’re part of a community, and you get the full experience of a place.”

CBS Philly News

About The Neighborhood

About The Neighborhood

Yhe University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the University of the Sciences and the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College all share turf in Akwaaba Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. It makes for a vibrant, culturally-diverse scene in the academic heart of the city. Budget-friendly bistros, bars and boutiques abound, along with cutting-edge art galleries, live performance spaces and a plethora of street fairs and festivals. There’s an unshakable commitment to innovation and artistic and cultural exploration here.

Some of the city’s most gracious homes have an address in University Center. The tree-lined neighborhood is a short walk to the city’s most notable art destinations–The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation. The Philadelphia Zoo is also a stroll away. Center City–with it’s office and government buildings, Convention Center, and historic sites and squares–is directly adjacent to University City and only three miles away from Akwaaba’s front door. A five-minute cab ride will get you there, or take the bus, subway or trolly with stops a few minutes away from the inn. 30th Street Station–the hub for Amtrak trains and economy buses connecting Philadelphia to other major cities like New York and Washington, DC–is also walkable. The Porch at 30th Street Station is an animated public space with fresh air and fresh fare featuring rotating food trucks and outdoor pop-up performances. Your innkeeper is ready to point the way to all this and more, including where to get a great Philly cheesesteak!