With more than 13,500 hotel rooms within a walk of the Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia has an extensive assortment of hotel brands – from posh, top-of-the-line properties to economy-minded options with bunk beds – that also offer a wide variety of event venues.
Philadelphia’s second largest hotel has a new name and significant updates. The reimagined Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown offers more than 60,000 square feet of well-conceived event space and is in walking distance to a number of local attractions. The hotel offers 760 upgraded guestrooms with a contemporary design and panoramic views of Center City. The newly renovated 2,071 square foot fitness center features four Peloton® bikes offering immersive indoor cycling training with live classes and on-demand classes via Peloton Digital®. The completely transformed fitness center offers a variety of cardio and strength-training machines, including the core-strengthening TRX suspension system, along with a full complement of free weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls.
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. Travel + Leisure recently recognized the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Technology Center as one of the best new hotels in the world on its 2020 It List.
Lyric at 1213 Walnut Street in Washington Square West’s Midtown Village offers 42 apartment-suites with fully-equipped kitchens, multifunctional living spaces, and interiors based on the anatomy of a theatre, conceptualized by in-house designers and inspired by the historic Walnut Street Theatre – the oldest continuously operating theatre in the U.S. Bedroom wallpaper reflects the calm of backstage darkness and the main living spaces are representative of the stage, transitioning between work and play along with guests, just like separate acts of a performance. The property has partnered with local artists, coffee roasters, and features a curated music program with a selection of locally-relevant vinyl.
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.
Philadelphia’s first micro-hotel, Pod Philly is an 11-story, 100,000 square-foot property with 252 rooms averaging 180 square-feet and featuring expansive floor to ceiling windows. Rooms include space-efficient queen and bunk bedrooms, barn doors, built-in storage and high-tech amenities allow guests to stream their own media. The hotel has an onsite fitness center, a first-floor restaurant, coffee bar, and a retractable greenhouse-styled rooftop bar with panoramic views of the city, open year-round, 31 South 19th Street. Read more: New Restaurants 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.
W Hotel will open early June 2020 and will offer an original and vibrant spin on traditional luxury. The 51 story hotel offers 295 rooms and suites with expansive views of Philadelphia, a ground-floor 90-seat restaurant, a 7,000 square foot outdoor terrace with a year-round heated pool and bar, spa, gym and 45,000 square feet of event space. The rich history, dynamic art galleries and eclectic music scene that define Philadelphia are just steps away from the hotel’s Center City location and specially created cocktails will be served nightly in the Living Room and at W Philadelphia’s all-season WET Deck bar terrace.
Element Hotel is also scheduled to open early June 2020. Gather, connect and maintain balance in the bright Sky Lobby and Motion Fitness Center. Start the day with the complimentary Rise breakfast and wind down in the lounge during the Relax evening reception serving a complimentary glass of wine or local beer. Element Philadelphia will have 460 spacious rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens and the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed. The property also has 45,000 square feet of event space offered by the connecting W Philadelphia.
Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City is set to open in spring 2020 with 236 rooms, completing a full revival of the historic Stephen Girard building at 12th and Ludlow streets. The modern aesthetic draws influence from mid-century designs to create a rich feeling in the brand new hotel. Amenities include Wi-Fi, artisanal breakfast and evening tasting of local beer, wine or spirits, business center, fitness Center featuring multiple Peloton Bikes, newspaper, and lounge/bar.
Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, opening summer 2020, will feature 332 stylish guest rooms including 23 spacious suites. The hotel will boast 7,000 square feet of modern meeting and event space with a ballroom accommodating up to 250 guests. The 13-story property will have a full-service restaurant and bar, fitness center, retail, and underground parking on-site. Located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood on the corner of 17th and Chancellor Street, the hotel is the first Hyatt Centric in Philadelphia.
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.
Mainstay/Ascend Hotel will open in 2021 in Philadelphia’s Chinatown with 118 rooms, just steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 917 Arch Street.
Cover photo by J. Pellegrini for Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center.