The 11 Most Exciting New Hotel Projects Coming To Philadelphia
In 2015 And Beyond
There are some major new hotel projects in the pipeline for the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia’s hotel scene just keeps getting better. After a number of key openings and renovations in recent years — and after Philadelphia saw its highest occupancy rate ever in 2014 — a number of high profile hotel projects are on the books to open in Philadelphia in the next few years.
And by “high profile,” we mean high profile. The projects include one of the first SLS LUX brand hotels to open in the U.S., a new W Hotel just off the Avenue of the Arts, a new Kimpton Hotel across from Logan Circle, a highly anticipated boutique hotel on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, and a new Four Seasons Hotel atop the under-construction Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.
With all of these developments, there’s never been a better time to check out the awesome hotel scene and stay over in Philadelphia.
Read on for news on ten awesome new hotel projects that are coming to Philadelphia in the next few years.
Note: As with all large, multi-year development projects, the timetables, name and other details of the below projects are subject to change.
ROOST Rittenhouse on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street
Date: Fall 2015
Travelers seeking to rest their heads in Philadelphia for more than a brief stay will soon have another a brand new option: ROOST Apartment Hotel is opening its second Philadelphia location this fall to follow-up the 2014 debut of its first hotel in the historic Packard Building. Designed with visitors staying for 30 days or longer in mind, the apartment-style hotels include all the services of a boutique hotel with the amenities of a luxury apartment.
Chic decor, factory-style windows, hardwood floors and modern electronics give each hotel room at ROOST the feel of a luxury apartment. (Photo courtesy Roost Apartment Hotel.)
ROOST offers several different room types, including studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and penthouse spaces. (Photo courtesy ROOST Apartment Hotel.)
Date: December 2015
With the Four Seasons Philadelphia moving into the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (more on that below), The Logan is set to take over the hotel’s current space on Logan Square on November 1, 2015. A part of Curio — a collection by Hilton, The Logan will undergo an extensive renovation before opening and feature a new spa and fitness center as well as a breathtaking rooftop lounge. Sage Hospitality will manage the hotel’s transition and Urban Farmer, a steakhouse with a farm-to-table vibe, will replace Fountain at the Four Seasons.
The Logan will replace the Four Seasons on Logan Square this fall. (Photo courtesy The Logan)
A rooftop lounge will open at The Logan in spring 2016. (Photo courtesy The Logan)
AKA University City in the FMC Tower
Date: Winter 2016
The FMC Tower at Cira Centre South will rise 49 stories on the west bank of the Schuylkill River and the upper floors will hold the new luxury extended-stay AKA University City. Developed by AKA in partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust, the second property for Korman Communities in Philadelphia will hold 268 residences, 103 for extended stays. In addition to spectacular views, guests will enjoy the building’s 21,000 square-feet of retail as well as “Cira Green,” a breathtaking new rooftop park.
The AKA University City will fill the top floors of the new FMC Tower at Cira South, currently under construction at 30th and Walnut. (Rendering by BLT Architects)
Guests at the AKA University City will be able to enjoy the building’s 21,000 square-feet of retail as well as “Cira Green,” a breathtaking new rooftop park, connecting the FMC Tower with EVO to its north. (Rendering by BLT Architects.)
SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel & SLS International Residences
This is a big one. The SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel & SLW International Residences is going to be the tallest residential building in Pennsylvania when completed. Located at the heart of the Avenue of the Arts at Broad and Spruce streets, the SLS will rise 47 stories, with 152 boutique hotel rooms and 90 luxury condominiums on the higher floors. The hotel will be designed by Philippe Stark and will be one of the first SLS LUX properties to open anywhere in the country.
The SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel will be one of the first SLS LUX brand properties to open anywhere in the U.S.
The Study University City at Drexel University
Study Hotels, a new brand from Hospitality 3, enters the University City market in 2017 with an urban-style hotel in partnership with Drexel University. The 145,000-square-foot hotel has plans to include 212 rooms, around 7,000 square feet of meeting space, a 105-seat restaurant and a fitness center.
Drexel’s campus will soon see the development of The Study, an urban hotel concept from Hospitality 3 management, at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut streets. (Rendering courtesy Hospitality 3.)
W and Element Hotels at 15th and Chestnut streets
Soaring above 15th and Chestnut streets, just behind the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel, a new Starwood-run W Hotel and Element Hotel are planned to debut in 2017. Chestlen Development is spearheading the project, and the property will hold 295 rooms under the W Hotel brand and another 460 in the Element by Westin. Construction on the project is underway.
A two-for-one hotel will rise on Chestnut Street: Starwood brings both a W Hotel and Element Hotel by Westin to Philadelphia. (Rendering courtesy Brook Lenfest.)
Aloft Hotel at Liberty Title & Trust Building at the Convention Center
The historic 21-story Liberty Title and Trust building at Broad and Arch was preserved during the construction of the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center so it could be turned into a hotel. That conversion is scheduled to happen in the form of a 178-room Aloft Hotel by Starwood, slated to open in 2017. The new hotel will be situated right next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and will offer its guests direct access to the entrance lobby of the Convention Center right off the Avenue of the Arts.
The Liberty Title and Trust building, located just north of City Hall, will soon be converted into an Aloft Hotel with a direct connection to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (Image courtesy Realen Properties.)
Kimpton Hotel on Logan Circle
Kimpton will be adding a third property to their Philadelphia holdings in 2018 when they open a $85-million, 199-room hotel in the former Family Court building on Vine Street at Logan Circle. This new Philadelphia property will be Kimpton’s third adaptation and renovation of a historic building in Philadelphia — Hotel Palomar and Square 1682 restaurant opened in the former Architects Building in Rittenhouse Square in 2009 and Hotel Monaco Philadelphia and Red Owl Tavern opened in the Lafayette Building overlooking Independence Mall in 2012.
The historic Family Court building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will soon transform into a gorgeous new Kimpton hotel. (Image courtesy Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.)
Hudson Hotel at 17th and Chancellor streets
A new $125 million property — a Hudson hotel by Chancellor Hotels Associates, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal — will rise 12 stories and fill the small parcel of land on 17th Street between Chancellor and St. James streets, replacing the five-story, above-ground parking garage that currently sits there and houses Little Pete’s diner. According to plans from locally based DAS Architects, the new high-rise hotel will feature more than 300 rooms, 40 executive suites, high-end amenities and food and beverage options — including a proposed dining venue on the penthouse floor with panoramic city views.
There are plans for a new $125 million boutique hotel to be built on 17th Street in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. (Rendering courtesy DAS Architects, Inc.)
The high-rise will include more than 300 rooms, 40 executive suites, high-end amenities and food and beverage options. (Rendering courtesy DAS Architects, Inc.)
Unnamed Boutique Hotel in Fishtown
Date: Coming soon
Another super exciting project is on the books in Fishtown. Developer Roland Kassis is a neighborhood fixture, and soon his investment in Fishtown will reach new depths — or, actually, heights. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic Inga Saffron, Kassis has set his sights on developing a boutique hotel on Frankford Avenue in the style of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel. The project – which would be the first hotel in Fishtown and is enthusiastically endorsed by the neighborhood – would include a restaurant, jazz club and rooftop pool as well.
The plans for a boutique hotel on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown include a restaurant, jazz club and a rooftop pool. (Image courtesy Roland Cassis.)
Four Seasons Hotel at Comcast Innovation & Technology Center
This has to be the pièce de résistance of the hotel projects in the pipeline in Philadelphia. To be housed within the upper floors of the 1,121-foot Comcast Innovation & Technology Center that is currently under construction on the 1800 block of Arch Street, the new 220-room Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel is scheduled to open in 2018 when the new tower is completed. The new luxury hotel will include more than 200 rooms, a spa, fitness facilities, event and meeting space, as well as — get ready for it — a breathtaking new restaurant located on the top floor of the building, offering awesome, unparalleled 360-degree views of the city. We literally cannot wait.
The new Four Seasons Hotel in the new Comcast Tower will boast a breathtaking new restaurant located on the top floor of the building, offering awesome, unparalleled 360-degree views of the city. (Image via Comcast)
The new luxury hotel will include more than 200 rooms in the tower’s top floors, offering breathtaking views of the city. (Image via Comcast.)
Here’s an idea of what the skyline will look like once Comcast’s newest building is complete. (Image via Comcast.)