The Conwell Inn turns five
|Temple’s on-campus hotel, the Conwell Inn, credits its personal touches for a successful first five years. The friendly staff, including architecture student Paul Orlowicz (above), cozy décor and Temple “T” Belgian waffles for breakfast make visitors feel right at home.
|(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)
For first-time visitors to Main Campus, a stay at the Conwell Inn can make strangers feel right at home when they’re greeted by a small staff in an intimate living-room setting.
That “homey” feeling and a great location made it possible for Temple's on-campus hotel, the Conwell Inn, to celebrate five years of success on Sept. 8.
“The Temple community has been extremely supportive and has supplied us with a large portion of our business,” said general manager Bob Warfel.
The three-story, 22-room hotel, which was created from restored historic row homes, is privately owned, but it gives Temple visitors and prospective students a chance to envision what life is like at Temple while staying in the heart of the campus. The inn offers a free continental breakfast, complete with Belgian waffles bearing the signature Temple “T.” Fresh-baked cookies and beverages also greet visitors during check-in times.
The inn’s developers and owners, Robert Hoe, Kevin Duffy and Ahsan Nasratullah, own the stretch of buildings from the Conwell Inn to the1940 residence hall. The three business partners own, manage and operate these buildings under a 50-year Ground Lease.
By inviting guests of Temple and the Philadelphia area to the hotel, which opened in September 2001, Warfel said the staff has seen the negative stigma attached to North Broad Street slowly diminish.
“Even people outside of Temple are starting to take a closer look at our hotel,” he said. “Tourists are finding that they can hop right on the subway and enjoy the city without having to pay the expensive price of staying in a hotel in Center City.”
This summer, the hotel interior was refreshed with new paint, new lobby and stairwell carpeting, a computer work station for guests and a coffeemaker in every room.
A comprehensive cleaning and maintenance crew carefully inspected the building from top to bottom. In addition, a guest room previously used for meeting space was renovated into a designer suite which will serve as a prototype for future room renovations.
All rooms also offer wireless high-speed Internet connections and satellite television.
In addition to Temple-affiliated visitors and tourists, the inn’s patrons include out-of-town patients who may have early appointments at Temple Hospital, future students who may be visiting Temple for the first time, out-of-town attendees of events held at the Liacouras Center, and, in some cases, visiting faculty members.
"It's such a convenient location that many people come back to stay with us even when they just want to visit the city. Our staff is so friendly it automatically makes people comfortable; we have quite a few guests who stay here year after year," Warfel said.
By Karen Shuey
For the Temple Times (firstname.lastname@example.org)