AKA University City
Feel at home in Philadelphia at the upscale AKA University City with matchless views over the city. Make yourself comfortable in the opulent suites and chic apartments, with exquisite, minimalist interior design by Milanese specialists Lissoni Associati, all including spacious living, dining, and kitchen areas. Exercise and socialize at the stunning Level28, a prestigious leisure club with floor-to-ceiling windows and an Olympic-sized stainless steel pool. Kick back in the elevated urban garden, work out in the innovative fitness center, or reward yourself with tempting dishes at the Walnut Street Café.
- Settle into one of 133 stylish apartments, with Italian oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows
- Brunch on brioche French toast smothered in whipped butter at the Walnut Street Café
- Swim in a 75-ft indoor swimming pool before stretching out in the dedicated yoga area
- Watch movies with bags of popcorn in a.cinema — a plush, residents-only private screening room
- Swap stories around fire pits on the terrace, or challenge friends to a round in the 3D golf simulator
AKA University City feels like the future of city living, bringing innovative green spaces and leisure facilities to a luxury high-rise setting. Back on the ground, ride around town in the house Tesla, and enjoy preferred seating at one of Philadelphia's hottest restaurants.
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AKA University City's 133 contemporary residences feature minimalist designer furniture, soaring 10 ft high ceilings, and panoramic views of the city. Whether you choose a studio or a one- or two-bedroom suite, expect Italian white oak floors, open living and dining areas, kitchens with Italian cabinets, and spa-style baths. For the ultimate in luxury, choose a penthouse suite, with over-sized marble tubs, sumptuous king-size beds with specialty mattresses, and high-end electronics.
AKA University City is the perfect blend of home comforts and premium hotel service, from the dedicated doorman and 24-7 front desk to the modern, well-equipped business center. Ask concierge staff to order groceries, book theater tickets, make restaurant reservations, secure an appointment at the spa, or reserve the Tesla house car for your next round of sightseeing.
Get the very best features of a luxury hotel within the comforts of a residential setting.
A short walk or taxi ride from AKA University City takes you to some of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia, where you can enjoy a variety of world cuisine. If you prefer to stay closer to home, the award-winning Walnut Street Café is accessible from the lobby.
Walnut Street Café – Discuss the day’s plans over freshly brewed coffee and spinach frittatas in the morning, or indulge at dinnertime with mint and ricotta ravioli drenched in brown butter. Look out for the enticing seafood towers, piled high with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster. With a short but expertly curated beer, wine and cocktail list, this youthful, airy space is the ideal neighborhood restaurant for your Philadelphia stay.
a.lounge – This classy, residents-only space is the perfect place to unwind. Take a seat by the fire pit on the outdoor terrace, and sip a signature Level Cocktail made with vodka, elderflower and pear.
For on site activities, head straight to the Level28 club. Swim in the 75-foot stainless-steel pool, tone up in the fitness center, or take a yoga masterclass. There's also a 3-D golf simulator and a private cinema with a film library. Cira Green offers a green space in the sky, ideal for casual picnic lunches or for catching up on work in the open air. Later in the day, dine at Walnut Street Café and enjoy a cocktail by the fire pit on Level28's outdoor terrace.
For some quick culture beyond the residences, take a stroll through nearby Penn Park to see the anthropology collections at Penn Museum. Or head across the Schuylkill River to Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a wide boulevard that leads from the ornate city hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and, beyond it, the huge Fairmount Park. For a night out, take the house Tesla to Rittenhouse Square, an affluent neighborhood with everything from fine dining to friendly pubs.
AKA University City
AKA University City occupies the upper 18 floors of Cira Centre South, a mixed-use tower on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The complex is close to two of the country’s top universities — The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University — and a host of green spaces. The Philadelphia city center is less than a mile away.
Philadelphia International Airport is 9 mi / 14 km from AKA University City.
Train and Subway
First Street Station is a seven-minute walk from the residences, with access to railroad, Amtrak, subway, and trolley services around the city.