Having successfully hosted Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families Congress in 2015, the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the NFL Draft in 2017 and the Army-Navy Game in 2018, Philadelphia is one of the most sought-after event destinations in the world. With more than 12,500 hotel rooms within a 15-minute walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia has an extensive assortment of hotel brands that offer a wide variety of event venues.
Philadelphia is experiencing a hotel expansion, with several properties opening soon and under construction. A 10.9 percent year over year increase in room supply is expected by the end of 2019.
Philadelphia was cited in by Vox and Redfin as one of the topmost walkable cities in the U.S. and most hotels are within walking distance to all of the city’s most popular attractions.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the Comcast Technology Center is now accepting reservations. The luxury hotel is located on the 48th to 60th floors of what is the tallest building in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet (342 meters), which offers sweeping views of the city. With 219 modern guest rooms and 39 suites, the hotel is the perfect venue with more than 15,000 square feet of flexible corporate meeting facilities and event spaces, an infinity pool, a restaurant and lounge on the top floor with 360 views of the city, and a ground floor restaurant.
The Notary Hotel, a new Autograph Collection property, has opened in the former Philadelphia City Hall Annex. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was formerly the Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown and recently underwent a rebranding and renovation of over $20 million. The property now features 499 guest rooms and over 10,000 square feet of conference space throughout 12 event rooms. Read more: Philadelphia Hotels with History.
The Philadelphia Marriott Old City, formerly the Sheraton Society Hill, has been reimagined with distinctive spaces and inventive amenities to create an enhanced guest experience, including a four-story Great room Lobby, modern guest rooms, 4,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center, and M Club, the first of its kind in Philadelphia.
Lokal Fishtown is a 6-unit boutique hotel, focusing on “invisible service,” with apartment-style suites offering guests an authentic Philadelphia experience and an escape that feels like home.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Philadelphia Downtown Center City is a modern take on a historical building. The sleek new boutique hotel and is a Marriott property. Perfectly located in the Washington Square West neighborhood in the former Parker-Spruce Hotel (built in 1925), the 119-roomed hotel offers free Wi-Fi, ample work spaces, complimentary breakfast and fitness center. The hotel features 840 square feet of event space.
Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown, located on the Avenue of the Arts, features the only rooftop restaurant and bar on Broad Street. The hotel has 15 floors with 223 rooms and artwork by Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator Hawk Krall. Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown offers over 1,700 square feet of multi-function meeting space, a business center, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Read More: Philadelphia’s Signature Hotel Bars.
Aloft Philadelphia Downtown, managed by HRI Lodging, offers direct access to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The historic Liberty Title & Trust building at Broad and Arch streets has been restored into 179 rooms and 1,200 square feet of function and event space. Innovative amenities include 50” flat-screen TVs with laptop hookup, ChatBotlr, a new chatbot available via text message that gives guests an additional way to make service requests, and SPG Keyless, a new keyless entry program that lets guests unlock their rooms via their smartphone. Guests can enjoy live music at the W XYZ bar and outdoor terrace. Read more: Philadelphia Hotels with History.
Mainstay/Ascend Hotel will open late 2019 in Philadelphia’s Chinatown with 119 rooms, just steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 917 Arch Street.
Pod Philly Hotel, Philadelphia’s first micro-hotel, comes online in late 2019. The 11-story 100,000 square feet hotel features 252 rooms averaging 170 square feet. Rooms include space-efficient queen and bunk bedrooms, barn doors, built-in storage and high-tech amenities that allow guests to stream their own media. The hotel will have a first-floor restaurant and coffee bar, and a retractable greenhouse-styled rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city, 31 South 19th Street.
W Hotel will open early 2020. The 51 story hotel offers 295 rooms, a ground-floor 150-seat restaurant, an outdoor terrace totaling 7,000 square feet with a year-round heated pool and bar, spa, gym and 45,000 square feet of meeting space.
Element Hotel is also scheduled to open early 2020. This hotel will have 460 rooms and features 560 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, and breakfast and lounge area.
Hyatt Centric Hotel, opening early 2020, will be 13 stories and will feature 203 stylish guestrooms, 40 spacious and modern executive suites, meeting space, retails shops, restaurants, outdoor terrace, and underground parking. Designed by DAS Architects, the hotel will be the first Hyatt Centric in Philadelphia at 1602-1634 Chancellor Street.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in South Philadelphia is set to open late 2020. Construction has begun for the 1.5 million square-feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space. The venue will have more than 200 upscale rooms and approximately 2,700 parking spaces and will be located at 900 Packer Avenue on the corner of 9th and Darien Streets in the Philadelphia Sports Complex, adjacent to Xfinity Live!, Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
Cover photo by J. Pellegrini for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center.