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Luxury Hotel Deathmatch Taking Place Now in Philly

July 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

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!

[Photo: Philly.com]

Archived Comments:

Starwood all the way!!!

Starwood all the way!!!

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There is not a Fairmont in Philly. The current starwood options are for their cheap brands.
Fairmont is the best option of the three as we have 2 new Kimptons already in the city. I'd much rather see a Mandarin Oriental as opposed to Fairmont. An Intercontinental or resurrection of our departed Park Hyatt would also be welcomed. Any luxury hotel will be better than the 1980's shopping mall interior of our Four Seasons though and will be a nice compliment to the Ritz and Rittenhouse Hotels.
Come on MO, throw your expensive hat into the ring!