I have lived at Metropolitan for the past year. There are advantages and disadvantages: 1. Advantages: Location. It is convenient to Hahnemann Hospital, City Hall, Septa, Suburban Railroad station, drexel center city campus, PAFA. Amenities. community room with free wifi and TV, fitness center, 24 hr security/front desk staff 2. Disadvantages: No parking. Far away from grocery store. Rent can be expensive, but that is Center City Philadelphia!
I lived with my wife in the Metropolitan for six months up until September 2013. This was a shorter than usual rental contract, and we paid a supplement above the base rental rates for this contract. We were new the Philadelphia at the time, and did not want to commit to a year long rental agreement until we knew the city better. The management in this building is very good. Fast responses to any problems, and no issues with getting our damage deposit back when we moved out. The gym here is excellent, and although it doesn't have a lot of equipment, everything that it has is good quality and is just what you need to get in a good workout. The only downside to this building is that you walk past many homeless people in the "Love park" to get to the Walnut/Rittenhouse area. On the plus side, once you get past the homeless people, the location is just a few minute walk from many bars and restaurants.
I currently live at the Metropolitan with my girlfriend and could not be happier. We have a 1BR/1.5bath unit that overlooks Love Park. Before we moved in, everything was detailed, cleaned and repainted. The loading dock and freight elevator was scheduled for us so we could move in easily. Fran, our maintenance guy, Louis, and the rest of the front desk staff are helpful and amazing. Packages are held for us which is always nice. The gym gets it done - two treadmills, two ellipticals, weights, a bike, a leg press - not really sure what more you need. Joanne and the rest of her staff do an amazing job of coordinating the administrative end of things - rent, key fobs, communication, and the like. Occasionally the elevators go down, but there's always one that's running and it gets fixed immediately. Work orders are given in at the front desk and are almost always fixed by the end of the day. Sure it's a bit pricey, but at the current rate, it's luckily doable.