“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]