Having successfully hosted Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families Congress in 2015, the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and the NFL Draft in 2017, Philadelphia is one of the most sought-after event destinations in the world. With more than 12,000 hotel rooms – most of them near 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 and room supply in Center City is expected to increase 15 percent by 2019. The newest hotel to open is the Fairfield Inn and Suites, located in the Washington Square West neighborhood.
Philadelphia was cited in 2017 by Redfin as one of the top most walkable cities in the U.S. and most hotels are within walking distance to all of the city’s most popular attractions.
• Fairfield Inn and Suites Philadelphia Downtown Center City is located in the Washington Square West neighborhood in the former Parker-Spruce Hotel (built in 1925), 261 S. 13th Street. The 119-roomed hotel offers free Wi-Fi, ample work spaces and complimentary breakfast, pool, fitness center, 840 square feet of event space, and a bistro.
• Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown, at 219 S. Broad Street, features 15 floors with 222 rooms, a rooftop restaurant and bar (the only rooftop restaurant and bar on Broad Street). The hotel also has art by Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator Hawk Krall, over 1,700 square feet of multi-function meeting space, a business center, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
• Aloft Philadelphia Downtown offers direct access to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with 179 rooms in the restored, historic Liberty Title & Trust building at Broad and Arch Streets. The HRI Lodging –managed hotel has a bar and 1,200 square feet of function and event space, including the W XYZ bar and outdoor terrace with live music. 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.
• The AKA University City at the FMC Tower opened in early 2017 and is a luxury AKA extended stay property, equipped with 103 units, offering spectacular views of the city from all floors. Amenities include an outdoor terrace with fire pits, lounge, business center facilities, and a private screening room, plus “Cira Green,” a one-acre elevated urban park offering an array of cultural arts events.
• The Study at University City opened in early 2017 featuring 212 rooms, approximately 7,000-square-feet of banquet/conference space, a 105-seat corner restaurant and bar and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
• Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel opened in early 2017 with 93 rooms, in an Art Moderne building that previously served as a film-storage facility on the northern edge of Chinatown near 13th and Vine Streets.
• Lokal Fishtown is a 6-unit boutique hotel with a focus on invisible service with apartment-style suites offering guests an authentic Philadelphia experience and an escape that feels like home, opening fall 2018.
• The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the Comcast Technology Center is coming online in spring 2019 with sweeping views of the city atop the brand new state-of-the-art Comcast Technology Center skyscraper. Located on the 48th to 60th floors of what will become the tallest building in Philadelphia at 1,121 feet (342 meters), the hotel will have 219 modern guest rooms – including 39 suites – extensive 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.
• Mainstay/Ascend Hotel will open in early 2019 in Philadelphia’s Chinatown with 119 rooms, just steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 917 Arch Street.
• W Hotel comes online in late 2019. The 51 story hotel offers 295 rooms, an outdoor terrace totaling 7,000 square feet with a year-round heated pool and bar.
• Element Hotel comes online in late 2019. The 460 room hotel features 560 square feet of meeting space.
• Pod Philly Hotel, Philadelphia’s first micro-hotel, comes online in 2019. The 11-story 100,000 square feet hotel features 252 rooms averaging 170 square feet. Rooms include space-efficient queen and bunk bed rooms, barn doors, built-in storage and high-tech amenities that allow guests to stream their own media. 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.
• The 13-story Centric Hotel by Hyatt, coming online in 2019, will feature 310 stylish guestrooms, 40 spacious and modern executive suites and a rooftop garden in the Rittenhouse square area.
The Hyatt at The Bellevue has rebranded the historic Philadelphia property as The Bellevue Hotel and is now part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio. The Philadelphia property is the first in the Northeast region to be a part of the upper-upscale and luxury property designation. The Bellevue Hotel has been one of Philadelphia’s most iconic destinations since 1904 and underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2016. The property offers 172 guest rooms including 16 suites, over 30,000 square feet of flexible function space including the Rose Garden Ballroom, and the Grand Ballroom which features original lighting designed by Thomas Edison, and the celebrated marble and hand-worked iron elliptical staircase.
The Windsor Suites, an independent lifestyle all-suite hotel in Center City, has completed a full scale renovation of the public spaces, lobby, meeting rooms, business center/collaborative space and guestrooms. Improvements include two full service restaurants and bars, a seasonal rooftop pool, fully-equipped kitchens, lifestyle programming including pet friendly, complimentary yoga classes, and a weekly guest cocktail reception.
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown is changing brands within Marriott and will become part of the Autograph Collection, effective July 2019. The hotel will be renamed as The Notary. Extensive renovations to the lobby and restaurant will occur from November 2018 through June 2019. New guest rooms will be completed by July 2019. A new restaurant and bar concept will open in July 2019.
Updated September 13, 2018
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 1-855-MEET-PHL.