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12 New Hotels Coming To Philadelphia In 2017 & Beyond
Several Major Brands Entering The Philly Market For The First Time: Cambria, W, Element & Hyatt Centric
As Philadelphia draws more overnight leisure travelers than ever before—Center City hotels reached a landmark 1 million leisure room nights in 2016—several big and new-to-the-city brands are preparing to enter the market during the next two years, along with smaller boutique hotels that cater specifically to here-for-pleasure travelers. The AKA University City at the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South opened in January, and the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia atop the under-construction Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is slated for a 2018 opening. These properties and many others in the works are helping to make the city’s hotel offerings more diverse than ever before. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s new and soon-to-come hotels:
January 2017 Openings:
- The FMC Tower at Cira Centre South rises 49 stories on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, and now, the top 19 stories are home to the AKA University City. The luxury extended-stay hotel comprises 268 residences, including 103 hotel residences (as well as 30 serviced residences, 30 furnished residences and 105 apartment residences for longer-term stays), along with retail space and the rooftop park Cira Green. The space also includes Level 28—a full-floor complete with a lap pool, fitness center, yoga area, 3D golf simulator, outdoor terrace with fire pits, a.lounge and a.cinema, a private theater with curated screenings and its own film library. 2929 Walnut Street, (215) 372-9000, akauniversitycity.com
- The Study at University City sits at 33rd and Chestnut Streets, where Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania meet. The 145,000-square-foot, 10-story hotel offers 212 guestrooms and more than 7,000-square-feet of event space and studios designed for talks, social gatherings and business meetings. A 105-seat restaurant, called Co-Op and led by chef Craig Russell, features seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and indoor and outdoor dining. The hotel is also equipped with a fitness center, offering studio classes. 20 S. 33rd Street, (215) 387-1400, thestudyatuniversitycity.com
- Lauded as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America last year by Bon Appétit, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is getting in on the hotel game. Scheduled to open in March 2017, Mulherin’s will offer four stylish rooms in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Guests can expect the same attention to design details found in the restaurant below. 1355 N. Front Street, (215) 291-1355, wmmulherinssons.com/hotel
- With the April opening of Lokal Hotel, Philadelphia will get its first “invisible service” hotel. Coming to the city’s Historic District, the six-unit property will have no front desk and, instead, will provide guests with behind-the-scenes service, anticipating visitors’ needs and offering highly curated in-room guidebooks. Designed for long- and short-term stays, apartment-style suites will feature separate bedrooms, full kitchens, washer/dryers and living rooms with handpicked décor and amenities. 139 N. 3rd Street, (267) 702-4345, staylokal.com
- The Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel brings 107 rooms to Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood. Located in an Art Moderne building that was built in the 1930s to house studio offices, screening rooms and storage for Warner Bros. Pictures, the hotel is just one block from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The property features a cocktail lounge and 24-hour exercise facility. It’s slated to open in April 2017. 1225 Vine Street, (215) 398-3080, bestwestern.com
- In 2011, during expansion of Pennsylvania Convention Center, the historic 21-story Liberty Title & Trust Building at Broad and Arch Streets was preserved and slated to become a hotel. That redevelopment will be completed this year in the form of the 179-room Aloft Philadelphia Downtown, slated to open in July 2017. The hotel will offer guests direct access to the entrance of the Convention Center, along with a bar, 24-hour gym and free Wi-Fi. 101 N. Broad Street, starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels
Coming In 2018 & Beyond:
- Pearlstein Properties is building a 14-story Cambria Philadelphia, which will offer 222 guest rooms, a ground-floor restaurant, rooftop lounge, fitness center and pool. Located in the heart of Center City, the hotel is projected to open in early 2018. 219-225 S. Broad Street, cambriahotelsandsuites.com
- The 1,121-foot, under-construction Comcast Technology Center—soon to be the tallest building in Philadelphia—will feature a Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in its upper floors when the new $1.5 billion tower is complete. Scheduled to open in April 2018, the 217-room hotel will include a spa, fitness facilities and event and meeting space. To top it off, the 60-story luxury hotel will also house a breathtaking restaurant on the highest floor, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the city. 1800 Arch Street, fourseasons.com
- Expanding the local footprint of its popular select-service brand, Hyatt is slated to add a 150-room Hyatt Place Hotel to the Philadelphia International Airport in April 2018. place.hyatt.com
- A new complex featuring the W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia hotels is set to debut in July 2018. Chestlen Development is spearheading the project, which will eventually house 755 rooms—295 under the W Hotels brand and another 460 in the Element by Westin. 15th & Chestnut Streets, development.starwoodhotels.com
- The Wankawala Organization is transforming the former Parker Spruce Hotel in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood into the Parker Spruce. The 121-room hotel is expected to be complete in late 2018. 261 S. 13th Street, wankawala.com
- The site of famed diner Little Pete’s in Rittenhouse Square is slated for redevelopment: A
13-story, 309-room boutique Hyatt Centric Hotel is scheduled to open in April 2019. 17th & Chancellor Streets, centric.hyatt.com
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.
On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
VISIT PHILADELPHIA Reports A Record For 2016 Leisure Tourism & Announces Plans For 2017
At today’s VISIT PHILADELPHIA® New Year’s Breakfast, the destination marketing organization released record 2016 hotel numbers for Center City Philadelphia and announced upcoming marketing initiatives, including a new virtual-reality and 360-degree video and photo experience on visitphilly.com; new With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® ads for winter; year two for Philadelphia’s Historic District campaign; and a perks-packed, limited-time-only Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.
2016: A Record Year:
In 2016, Center City Philadelphia hotels are projected to have hit:
- Record occupancy – 78%
–3.2 million hotel room nights
- Record leisure room nights – 1 million for the first time
Biggest, Best-Ever Version Of The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Now Available
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announces a new perk for the in-demand Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway. Guests who book the package and stay at any of 38 Philadelphia hotels between January 28 and February 5, 2017 receive the bonuses listed below—plus two tickets to the Philadelphia Auto Show. This package, typically valued up to $228, jumps up to a $256 value with the Auto Show tickets. The standard winter package, available until March 19, 2017, includes:
- Free hotel parking
- Two untimed tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
- Admission and ice skate rentals for two at
Philadelphia Rings In 2017 By Starting Early & Ending Late
In Philadelphia, ringing in the New Year begins early and ends late. Daytime and early-evening bashes entertain children at the Please Touch Museum®, Franklin Square and Independence Seaport Museum. Fireworks displays over the Delaware River go off at 6 p.m. and midnight. On New Year’s Day, thousands of colorfully costumed merrymakers march in the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package lets revelers enjoy every moment with free hotel parking, two tickets to The Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition, admission and skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a...
'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia
Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River...
Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway
VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency, announced an unprecedented version of its Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for winter. Redeemable from November 25, 2016 through March 19, 2017, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway is bookable online now at visitphilly.com/overnight and starts at $99 per night. The package, offered at 38 Center City hotels, is valued at up to $228 and includes:
- Free hotel parking
- Two untimed tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, making its North American debut at The Franklin Institute
- Admission and ice skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink
An Abundance Of Day Spas & Salons Make Philadelphia A Relaxing Refuge
A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most all-natural mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.
Hotel Day Spas/Salons:
- A bucolic, 31-acre estate once owned by famed playwright George Kaufman now sets the scene for The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm’s lovely spa, where pros mix all-natural ingredients right
Dinosaurs, Lights, Hogwarts & More Fun Await Families In Philly This Fall
For most kids, fall means homework. But for kids in Philly, the new season also means fun. From September through November, families in Philadelphia and the Countryside® can revel in epic exhibitions (Jurassic World, Longwood Gardens’ Nightscapes), essential art displays (Creative Africa, Get the Picture!) and exciting outdoor adventures (Dragon Boat Races, Philly Free Streets).
To maximize the fall fun, families can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at visitphilly.com. Here are autumn’s must-dos for the school-age-and-under set:
Exhibitions That Excite:
- Creative Africa – This lauded
Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions—and, according to the American Pet Products Association, they spend nearly $63 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him or her behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and parks welcome visitors and their animals, so it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride.
- Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for
Play And Stay Hotel Package = Family Fun In Philadelphia
Little ones can have big fun this summer with the Please Touch Museum’s Play and Stay Hotel Package, bookable at visitphilly.com. Available through September 30, 2016, the offer includes hotel parking and four tickets to the Please Touch Museum®, where kids can explore two full floors of hands-on displays and enjoy the popular Curious George: Let’s Get Curious exhibit, on view through September 5.
“The Please Touch Museum is one of the top children’s museums in the country,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “The Play and Stay Hotel Package gives families a...