3600 Sansom St., 215/222-0200,
In the heart of the University of Pennsylvania’s  campus, this is the primary hotel for visiting parents, faculty, and guests of the university. The AAA four-diamond hotel is managed by Hilton but retains its own character.
The 238 comfortable rooms and suites, starting at $229, are comfortable and as high-tech as you’d expect from an Ivy League–affiliated establishment. The Italian restaurant, Penne, is on-site, and plenty of additional dining, shopping, and entertainment options are just outside the door around the campus.
Rooms fill early during the beginning and end of the semester and especially during graduation in May.