Hotel Information



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We have agreements for conference rates reserved at the two hotels closest to campus: the Hilton Inn at Penn and the Sheraton University City.

Hilton Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street, (215) 222-0200(215) 222-0200  or 1-800-HILTONS1-800-HILTONS FREE. Located across the street from the university. Conference rates are $239.00/night for rooms with one king bed or two double beds (plus 15.5% tax). Book by January 23 and indicate that you are with the Ethnography Forum to receive the group rate. There is a restaurant in the hotel. Please click here to receive the forum group rate.

Sheraton University City
3600 Chestnut Street, (215) 596-0369(215) 596-0369  or 215-387-8000215-387-8000 . Located one block away from the university. Conference rates are $165.00/night for a traditional room (plus 15.5% tax). Rooms are equipped with microwave, computer and free internet. Book by January 30 and indicate that you are with the Ethnography Forum to receive the group rate. The hotel provides a secure area to store your luggage upon request. A fee of $2 per bag will be charged for storage. Please click here to receive the forum group rate.

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
1800 Market Street, (215) 561-7500 .  Located in Center City at 18th and Market Streets, near Rittenhouse Square.  Rates starting from $149 (plus 15.5% tax).  Book by January 31 and indicate that you are with the Ethnography Forum to receive the group rate. Room options include two double beds, one queen bed, or one king bed; rates vary depending on room.  All guest rooms offer complimentary high-speed internet access, in-room coffee makers, and free local calls. Other amenities include one (1) Round Trip Septa token per person per day for Friday and Saturday, February 24 & 25 and 50% discount off of parking prevailing fees for Fri-Sat nights, unlimited IN & OUT privilege. Click here or call 1-800-SONESTA FREE and request the University of Pennsylvania discounted rate.

Conference attendees in the past have stayed at the following hotels and hostels in the area, although there is no conference rate available:

Homewood Suites by Hilton University City, Philadelphia
4109 Walnut Street, (215) 382-1111(215) 382-1111 .  This is the newest hotel in University City, located only 3½ blocks from the conference site.  Rooms are studios and one-bedroom suites.  Rooms are equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, a full size refrigerator, a microwave, and a dishwasher. Indoor swimming pool available. Free hot breakfasts are included.

32 S. Bank Street (215) 922-0222(215) 922-0222 . On a tight budget? HI-USA Hostel on Bank Street is about three and a half miles from Penn, downtown on the Delaware River. Ideally located for city night-life; easy public transportation to the University. Dorm Rooms are $30/night for HI (Hostelling International) members, $33 for non-members. They also offer Semi-Private and Private Rooms which range from $76.20/night with reservation or $84.20/night without reservation.  Payment methods: Mastercard, Visa. No personal checks (guests can use a credit card to reserve a bed at


Bed and Breakfasts

Conference attendees in the past have stayed at the following Bed and Breakfasts in the area, although there is no conference rate available:

Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
3300 Baring Street (215) 387-6065(215) 387-6065 . 10-minute walk to the University. Nonsmoking policy. Deposit equal to one night’s stay is required prior to arrival or equal to half of entire stay (whichever is greater). A two-night minimum is required on weekends. Rates range from $185 to $230 (with a 15.5% PA sales tax) per night. Rates include breakfast and are for single/double occupancy. There is an additional fee per night for each additional guest in suites (up to 4 people) and rooms are double occupancy only. Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover. Free wireless internet. For virtual tours of all the rooms and to check availability, go to their website. Make a reservation online or by phone.

The Gables
4520 Chester Avenue (215) 662-1918(215) 662-1918  (contact: Don Caskey or Warren Cederholm, Innkeepers). 15-minute walk to the university. Nonsmoking policy. Deposit or credit card required with all reservations. Rates range from $100 to $200 depending on room and number of people. Rates include off-street parking on the premises and full breakfast. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. All rooms have private phones, easy hook-up to the Internet (including wireless), and cable television. Computer station available and free wireless internet. A refrigerator and microwave are available for guest use. A roll away bed may be added to some rooms to accommodate another person for an additional charge. Check availability online. Must call to reserve a room.

Spruce Hill Manor
331 S. 46th Street (215) 472-2213(215) 472-2213 , 1-866-521-29751-866-521-2975 FREE (Pin 7000) (contact: Janet Reitano, Innkeeper). 15-minute walk to the university. Minimum 2-night stay. All accommodations are large suites containing bedroom, bathroom, sitting room, and kitchenette. Wireless internet access. Limited free parking. Continental breakfast included. Children over 9 years welcome.  Single room suites range from $165 to $195 (plus tax) per night.  Rates for double occupancy are between $165 and $195 (plus tax). There is a $60 charge per person for guests in suites. Payment methods: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal check.  A deposit is required to reserve your accommodation. Make a reservation online or by phone. Check availability or make a reservation on line.

Bed and Breakfasts of Philadelphia
(610) 687-3565(610) 687-3565  or (800) 448-3619(800) 448-3619 FREE
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Center for Urban Ethnography
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216