Location was great, central (and walking distance) to Reading Terminal, the historical district (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc), bars, restaurants. Target really close in case you forget anything, and also a secure building.
Only downsides were that the second bedroom didn't have a vent in it, so one bedroom was freezing and the other was hot. We tried to work around it with keeping the door open, but it was not idea. Also, the door code didn't work when we were checking in, so we had to spend 5 min or so on the phone getting that reset (not that big of a deal since we weren't in a rush, just kind of annoying). You can tell the place was "worn", a cabinet door was off, the future and carpet were used - but the space was big, bright and plenty for what we needed. Definitely better than a hotel.
The full kitchen accommodated the needs of a senior family member traveling with us. Everything was stocked and clean. Stay Alfred should consider regular stain removal on the carpets...it didn't bother us as it seemed clean despite the random stains here and there. This location was great with 7-11, Target, CVS and Macy's just footsteps away for last minute needs. Wish there had been a 2nd key fob...it was not a huge deal as the doorman was at the desk every time we returned...still, these things only cost a few bucks so it would be a great investment. The dial-in customer service is awesome across the board!
The apartment is well furnished and at a great location but boy... it was loud at night!! On a Friday night, lots of horns honking, people shouting until 3am. I think there is a club nearby that closes at 2:30am. The aftermath was a full half hour of gridlock at Chestnut &12th with horns honking every 2-3 minutes and drunks shouting outside. Not looking forward to what Saturday night will bring. Bring your earplugs! The only actual complaint about the apartment is that the master bedroom bath has a stand up shower that has no shelving so you have to put your toiletries on the floor. Views are great & kitchen is well stocked with everything you need.
Booked an apartment instead of a hotel as wanted a kitchen. This is one of the best places I have ever stayed in. Really big apartment, master bedroom has an en suite. Separate bathroom. Plenty of space for 4 of us. Big kitchen and living area. Washer, dryer, oven, dishwasher. Heat/cool controls work fast and effective. Wifi was perfect never dipped out once. The concierges are helpful and also cautious of people trying to get in (even if they're with you, which is good!) felt safe and secure. Easy to find and check in/out. the 7 eleven next door is super convenient. there's a Target and liquor store opposite too. Great location, round the corner from Hard Rock Cafe and sightseeing bus stops. I would definitely stay here again.
I recently stayed at the Commonwealth over Veterans day weekend with my family. I chose this property over others based on location and also the fact that it allowed pets (I have a Yorkie). The unit was clean, furnishings were ok; very basic Ikea like stuff; there were some signs of wear (stains on carpet, etc). My largest complaint was the NOISE AT NIGHT!!! Not that this can be controlled by Stay Alfred, mind you. But beware--there is an immense amount of loud construction that goes on into the wee hours of night (past midnight) and it is audible from the bedroom windows. Plan ahead and pack earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Otherwise, the rental itself is adequate and enough room; amenities are well thought of if you need to use them-cooking supplies, washing machine, etc (we didnt use any of that). Oh, the apartment building is literally right next door to a 7/11 which was convenient, but there were some 'seedy' looking individuals lying around the front (of the 7/11) periodically so there's that. However, the Commonwealth is secure. There is also no parking at the Commonwealth, if you're driving as we did, so keep that in mind; this will be an additional expense and a short walk as well with your baggage. All in all, if you aren't necessarily looking for high end luxury, albeit need a relatively safe place to stay with your family/friends, this is safe bet. I have stayed at other Stay Alfred locations, none have ever been significantly disappointing.