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Philadelphia Says Goodbye to Four Seasons and Hello to Curio

Where: Philadelphia, PA
June 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

This month marks the end of the road for the Four Seasons Philadelphia, as the brand is shutting its doors in the city and it won’t return until early in 2018. Fear not if you’re a fan of the building, as we can only imagine that workers are already busy at upgrading and improving things as part of its rebirth into a new property.

Things will be closed until the fall, and that’s when the property will reopen as a Hilton. Not just any Hilton either, as The Logan—as it will be known—will be part of the chain’s latest brand known as the Curio Collection.

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Ritz-Carlton Philly Will Unveil a New Look Next Spring

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue of the Arts [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
June 15, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

With so much hotel activity going in the City of Brotherly Love, it was only a matter of time before we would hear of yet another major re-dux in the luxury market.

One hotel in particular that probably doesn’t need a re-do but is getting one anyway is The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, slated to start upgrades this fall which will be completed in spring 2016.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Stay at Hotel Hershey for Kisses in Bed

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 7033-0400
April 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

You already know about Hotel Hershey. You know about the chocolate martinis and edible chocolate facials.

But did you know the chocolate theme stretches as far as the sheets on the bed?

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Looking for Extended-Stay Accommodations in Philly? Try This ROOST

March 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Those looking to spend some time in Philadelphia for more than a weekend—and maybe even more than a week—will be wise to check out the new option that is ROOST Apartment Hotel. Yes they enjoy capitalizing all the letters, but besides that the property is a new long-term stay hotel concept now up and running in the city.

There’s no rundown kitchenette or overly loved coffee table here, as the folks behind things are bringing plenty of design and décor to the concept. Expect things to feel a little more like a boutique property with fancy pants in-room Bonavita coffee makers, upscale Bosch washer and dryers, bath products from Davines, and they’re even partnering with Brooklyn Bicycle for a bike share thing.

Right now 27 units are up and running at 15th and Chestnut Streets, and later this year a similar property will be opening its doors at Rittenhouse Square.

It sounds like things have been a hit so far, but just note that you’re going to need to stay for a bit if you want to check things out. There’s a one-week minimum, and you can expect to shell out between $125 and $255 per night. That price doesn’t sound too bad to us, and it sounds even better if you get your company to pick up the bill when traveling on business.

[Photo: ROOST Apartment Hotel]

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SLS LUX Redux is Now in The Works in Philadelphia

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  Site Where: 301 S. Broad Street [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19107
March 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | ()

Philippe Starck, developer Carl Dranoff and Sam Nazarian

The first SLS LUX Hotel is set to open shortly in the Bahamas but already work is underway on another one—this time in Philadelphia.

We told you about SLS coming to Philly in December 2013 but it looks like the plan has been upgraded to make the property an SLS Lux brand.

Going up at Broad and Spruce Streets, the SLS LUX Philadelphia will have 152 hotel rooms, along with 90 SLS International Residences, all developed by Dranoff Properties. All residents and hotel guests will share the SLS LUX amenities which include a landscaped sun deck, a 75-foot indoor pool, a full service spa, concierge services, 24-hour room service, and SLS F&B concepts, which have yet to be announced but could totally include Katsuya, Cleo and Umami restaurants.

SLS’s fave designer, Philippe Starck will design the hotel and residences which will be built on the site of the former home of Phildelphia International Records, which was responsible for putting forth “The Sound of Philadelphia” out in the world, as well as racking up 175 gold and platinum albums. Starck and sbe chairman Sam Nazarian both pledged to honor the history and importance of the PIR at an event announcing the project last week.

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Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Just Opened, But It's Already Totally Pittsburgher

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  Site Where: 620 William Penn Place [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15219
January 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Pittsburgh is definitely a town on the up. Want proof? Look no further than the Hotel Monaco, which opened last week.

248 rooms including 13 suites are what’s available, and the Pittsburgh theme (yes, there’s a Pittsburgh theme) is strong, if subtle- think a lamp in the shape of a penguin (hockey), meeting rooms named after notable locals (including Scott Fahlman, who invented the :) smiley face emoticon (for real)), and the Rebellion Suite, named by locals for locals, which harks back to the "great whiskey rebellion of western Pennsylvania".

Rooms are your typical Kimpton riot of weirdness, including jade-colored headboards, black paisley carpets, yellow cushions, houndstooth curtains, feature wallpaper and gilded cages for the pearl-effect chandeliers. That’s all good; what’s less so are the “glass showers” that the hotel describes (there are no photos, but we assume that means peekaboo. Peekaboo is not sexy. It's gross).

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A Funky Philly Deco Building May Be The Next Uber-Urban Address For AC Hotels by Marriott

November 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

A former film distribution center for Warner Brothers may become the new Philadelphia address for AC Hotels by Marriott.

As faithful readers of HC already know, AC Hotels originated in Spain by designer Antonio Catalán as an urban contemporary hotel collection. Marriott announced its plans to import the brand back in June 2013, starting with AC Hotel New Orleans (which just opened), followed by Kansas City (December) and Miami (March 2015.) More locations have also been announced for Chicago, Asheville (North Carolina) and Irvine, Calif. And now Philadelphia.

The proposed Philly hotel, located at 13th and Florist Streets, is in the early planning and design stages, and an opening date has not been established. The Warner Brothers building is a two-story, Deco-inspired design dating back to 1947. There's really not much to work with here, so why not just build what you need on top of what you got?

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Eat Your Chocolate Face Mask at Hotel Hershey

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 17033
June 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | ()

Last week we told you about the chocolate-making classes at Jade Mountain and the chocolate massages at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Could the hotel chocolate theme get any better? Yes: at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania.

The hotel is, of course, part of the chocolate extravaganza that is Hershey PA, The Sweetest Place On Earth™, and the spa has chocolate all over the place, from cocoa massages to a chocolate-dipped coconut immersion wrap.

But it’s the edible chocolate facial that’s really sparked our imagination. Yes, edible. Chocolate. Facial.

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Yale's Study Hotel to Open in Philly at Drexel University

May 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

The Study at University City will open in 2016. Learn up. You will be tested.

When you’re a sleepy college student, “plush accommodations” refers to “anywhere moderately soft and not covered in spilled beer or Tostitos crumbs.” As an adult, expectations are a bit higher.

Hence the Study Hotels, a concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3, which aims to bring elevated accommodations to university markets. (No more crashing on your kid’s futon during a weekend visit, or hoping there’s “one of the nice Best Westerns” nearby.)

This week the brand announced the development of its second property – The Study at University City – after signing a long-term lease with Drexel University in Philadelphia, one of the hottest hotel markets around.

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Best Hotel Scene of 2013: Philadelphia (Yes, Philadelphia)

December 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

It's that time of year again: the 2013 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

With so much great hotel news to choose from, narrowing the entire year down to one city was by no means easy. The Big Apple is forever in the running with all its hotel activity year in and year out, and Denver made an awful lot of noise out west as this year came to a close, projecting large growth and several big projects for 2014. And we can't forget London and Paris too where there were not just new hotels opening, but plenty of renovations (several of which will be revealed next year.) Even Down Under in Sydney we saw a bit more activity than we have in past years.

But this year's shocking big winner is Philadelphia. The city's hotel scene sometimes gets lost in the mix behind busier cities like New York and Chicago, but Philly has really impressed us from all angles this year, from its line of luxury hotels (that all sport iconic views) to the way it spruced up Old City with a Kimpton property that overlooks the Liberty Bell.

While the newly-opened Rad Blu lived up to the hype, we are most pleased with how the city's plans are falling into place on a whole, and we feel it is now reaping the rewards of its good decisions the past two years.

We really applaud the work being done in the City of Brotherly Love, and look forward to another big year in 2014 as plans for two new Center City Starwood hotels and an SLS are already underway.

[Photo: Visit Philly]

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SLS Hotels Officially Announce the SLS International Hotel in Philadelphia

December 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

Something lovely's starting in Philadelphia--an SLS Hotel.

We first heard mention that hotelier Sam Nazarian's SLS brand would open in Philadelphia over the summer when SLS announced expansion plans in China and subtly dropped a list of future U.S. locations that included Philly. Today, the company is going public with the plans, partnering with Dranoff Properties to open the 47-story SLS International Hotel and Reisdences at the intersection of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City, directly across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

(Apparently, there's already an SLS Philadelphia, a Spanish Language School, but Carl Dranoff told the Philadelphia Inquirer the International name is also an homage to the Philadelphia International Records building, home to the birthplace of Philadelphia Sound and the site of the new SLS hotel.)

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