Ho Hum, Holiday Inn's Gonna Come. But Ooh, Then a Philly W?
We were on Columbus Boulevard in Philly last weekend when we came across the scene in the photo above. Formerly a Comfort Inn, we saw boards on the doors and a small note that said “closed for renovations.” As you can see, they put up a fat teaser for all to see, but no other details about what the property would become were available on-site.
Well, we did some digging, and guess what? It’s going to be a Holiday Inn and will open in March. Cue the sound effects and let the wind out of our sails, because we’re officially disappointed. A hip, vacation-oriented property in that location would have gone a long way to help an area that is currently undergoing a face-lift.
A public space was recently added under the Ben Franklin Bridge, as well as a new bar added to the nearby marina. With Festival Pier and Penn’s Landing within walking distance, the next logical step would have been the addition of a hotel that would attract leisure travelers.
Speaking of hip hotels, we also picked up another tip about the possibility of a W coming to Center City. It was only rumors we were hearing on the streets, so we asked Starwood about their plans. They were tight lipped and vague as per usual, but they sent us a statement that speaks beyond its own words:
"We continue to believe Philadelphia would be a great market for our
leading global brands and are committed to actively working with
Chestlen Development to bring this much-needed new build hotel project
to the city. We look forward to sharing news on this in the future."
Sounds like we might some day see a W in the City of Brotherly Love. We'll be sure to keep you updated when and if we hear anything.