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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.

“Our goal is to create an urban retreat where visitors to campus, culture seekers, professors, students, families and locals intersect to enjoy welcoming spaces and approachable hospitality,” said McGowan in a statement. “Also, did you ever watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Dark Side of the Moon? That shit’s crazy, maaaaaan.” (Okay, we made that one up.)

Slated to open in 2016, The Study at University City (a rendering seen above) will hold 212 rooms, 7000-square feet of meeting space, a 105-seat restaurant and bar, and a fitness center. We’re also anticipating a number of Drexel-inspired flourishes. After all, The Study at Yale boasts bellstaff in rugby shirts, seersucker bathrobes, reading glasses on loan, and lobby offering books, art and wine by Yale alumni. So you can expect Philadelphia’s outpost to have some similar thematic bells and whistles.

When The Study at Yale opened in 2010, McGowan hinted told us he planned to expand his collegiate concept from “one market to another.” The Study at University City clearly marks the next step, and we wouldn’t be surprised if there are many more ahead. According to a release about the development, “Hospitality 3 is pursuing other ground-up development and conversion opportunities in campus locations.”

“The response to our concept has been very positive and the timing seems right for expansion to other university markets,” said McGowan. Party on.

[Image: The Study at University City]

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