Luxury Hotel Deathmatch Taking Place Now in Philly
Just yesterday we heard that Philadelphia would be getting a hip SLS Hotel and now today, we hear the City of Brotherly Love may get a new luxury hotel too. But first, a few hotel brands are duking it out to see who will win the gig.
Philly.com reports that a group of developers are working to transform the the 72-year-old Family Court building at 18th and Vine Streets. Each developer has paired up with a hotel brand. In the race for the property are, Fairmont Hotels, Starwood's Luxury Collection Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.
Fairmont's proposed project would cost $180 million, include 332 hotel rooms,44,000 square feet of event and meeting space. restaurants, bar, shops and a spa. The Luxury Collection would put forth 267 hotel rooms; a 4,000-square-foot ballroom; 10,000 square feet of meeting facilities; and a restaurant and bar while Kimpton's project would cost $85 million with 199 hotel rooms, a 3,500-square-foot ballroom; meeting and board rooms; spa and fitness center; and restaurant and bar.
To us, the historic building seems ripe for a Fairmont Hotel. It just looks so Fairmonty already. Then again, Kimpton has done a great job with their recent Hotel Monaco. But we can't discount The Luxury Collection as they have an ace up their sleeve with a developer who has experience renovating old buildings in Philly, a merit that could sway the city.
The final decision will be made sometime before the end of the year.
Who do you think should open in Philly--Fairmont, Luxury Collection or Kimpton? Cast your vote in comments below!