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Recent Allan Domb reviews
I had a great experience at the Dorchester. It felt very safe and if I had any maintenance issue, they took care of it within 24 hours. Also, it was a great location -- right on Rittenhouse Square, and pretty close to the Patco (10 min walk) so it was pretty convenient to get to school.
The only downsides were lack of in-unit laundry (in my unit at least) and that you have to pay to use the gym and reserve a time to use it (they were limiting use to 2 residents/hour due to COVID.)
Building is great, with clean amenities and very responsive management. Perfect location. Building staff are wonderful - love our front desk.
Great apartment building! Perfect location for Wharton students because you're in the center of everything. Spacious bedrooms and large living room. Our doormen are fun and quirky. Only issue with the apartment is that its an old building, so the fuse in the kitchen breaks easily. Need to limit how many items you have on at one time.
My roommates and I signed a 2 year lease without even touring the apartment and we've loved our experience!
The Dorchester Review
Old but safe
Good building, right next to RH square
While the building itself is pretty old, we have one of the more recently renovated apartments in the building, so it’s pretty nice. That said, you won’t find the same amenities (gym, pool, etc) that you see with other newer buildings. However, the price point is pretty good, especially given the great location. Also the management company (Alan Dombs) isn’t that great; they’re extremely slow to respond and you have to remind them multiple times of you want to get something done. All the building staff(doormen, cleaners, etc) are very friendly though.
Affordable, spacious, well-located
I like the Wanamaker for the following reasons:
- Location: Conveniently located right across a bus stop that takes you directly to campus
- Spacious: All apartments, including my studio, are good sized and well-lit. Studios and 1BRs are particularly bigger compared to other buildings. Also, lots of storage space, which is super handy particularly for those traveling to Phily from afar.
- Price: For studios, Wanamaker is on the lower side. Might end up being the same after accounting for utilities and internet.
Also, the management and particularly staff is super friendly.
Downside is that the building does not have a luxurious rooftop hosting place like that of 1919. To everyday use cases at a good price , Wanamaker is a terrific choice
Convenient location in a great building
- The actual units within the building vary widely in terms of updates. Our unit is recently renovated and very spacious.
-The building is conveniently located to restaurants, public transit, Upenn, etc.
- The building staff is wonderful and very helpful.
-Neighbors are very respectful - we have never had issues with noise from others in the building.
-Incredible views of the city from higher floors.
- The gym is very basic.
- Have to purchase cable and internet package through the building.
For us, the pros far outweigh the cons! Would definitely continue living here if we were staying in Philly.
Carlyle is close to the park and other popular buildings for Wharton student at a fraction of the cost. Our unit is super spacious with abundant sunlight and is great for hosting. However, there are only about 20-30 Wharton students in this building so it is not very social. Some neighbors are on the older side and would report you to management if you are "loud" and have people over past 11 pm.
Good place to be at and a good Wharton community
Tons of sunlight. Very responsive management. Gym is small but has low traffic. Pool doesn't get too busy. Staff is helpful.
Great location, but no amenities
Pros: great location, friendly staff
Cons: no amenities, building is old
Great value and location
The Wanamaker is in one of the best locations relative to Huntsman, Rittenhouse Square, and other student buildings. The management and front desk are great and very responsive. The building is condo units so each unit is different -- some units are less updated than others but overall the price for the space and amenities is great.
Incredible Space for 3 People (3br / 3.5ba + large living areas)
Great apartment, with a very large kitchen, separate dining room, and separate living room. There are 3 large bedrooms with in-suite bathrooms, an extra half bathroom, plus tons of closets, an in-apartment washing/drying room, and an in-apartment walk-in closet with built-in shelving. Also, awesome views of Rittenhouse and PA, with great sunsets.
Great location, little amenities
The building is in a great spot. There aren't a ton of Wharton students in the building itself (maybe 10?) but it's the perfect location with access to campus, food/drink locations, and most other Wharton student housing locations. The building itself is a bit old and there are minimal amenities, but I've had no issues hosting small gatherings with ~10 people. I probably pay more than I should for the apartment, but I'll likely stay two years because moving in general is such a hassle.
Good, but some quirks
Great building, but you have to pay hefty electricity and cable bills. Management is pretty strict and inflexible. Pool deck hasn't been accessible in Covid.