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Philadelphia Says Goodbye to Four Seasons and Hello to Curio

Where: Philadelphia, PA
June 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

This month marks the end of the road for the Four Seasons Philadelphia, as the brand is shutting its doors in the city and it won’t return until early in 2018. Fear not if you’re a fan of the building, as we can only imagine that workers are already busy at upgrading and improving things as part of its rebirth into a new property.

Things will be closed until the fall, and that’s when the property will reopen as a Hilton. Not just any Hilton either, as The Logan—as it will be known—will be part of the chain’s latest brand known as the Curio Collection.

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Ritz-Carlton Philly Will Unveil a New Look Next Spring

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue of the Arts [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
June 15, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

With so much hotel activity going in the City of Brotherly Love, it was only a matter of time before we would hear of yet another major re-dux in the luxury market.

One hotel in particular that probably doesn’t need a re-do but is getting one anyway is The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, slated to start upgrades this fall which will be completed in spring 2016.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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SLS New York Won’t Happen Until 2016, But SLS LUX Is Coming to Miami

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  Site Where: Park Avenue & E. 30th [map], New York, NY, United States
May 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Our comparison between hotel opening dates and blind dates turned out to be pretty prophetic in the case of SLS New York: the hotel would have stood us up big time had we counted on that February 2015 opening – and that’s after both 2013 and 2014 didn’t happen.

As much as scaffolding has been looking serious at the Park Avenue hotel, we can add another year’s wait to try the 190 rooms, rooftop with “killer views of the city”, and “unrivaled restaurant and nightlife concepts”: the hotel won’t open before early 2016. Bummer.

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Looking for Extended-Stay Accommodations in Philly? Try This ROOST

March 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Those looking to spend some time in Philadelphia for more than a weekend—and maybe even more than a week—will be wise to check out the new option that is ROOST Apartment Hotel. Yes they enjoy capitalizing all the letters, but besides that the property is a new long-term stay hotel concept now up and running in the city.

There’s no rundown kitchenette or overly loved coffee table here, as the folks behind things are bringing plenty of design and décor to the concept. Expect things to feel a little more like a boutique property with fancy pants in-room Bonavita coffee makers, upscale Bosch washer and dryers, bath products from Davines, and they’re even partnering with Brooklyn Bicycle for a bike share thing.

Right now 27 units are up and running at 15th and Chestnut Streets, and later this year a similar property will be opening its doors at Rittenhouse Square.

It sounds like things have been a hit so far, but just note that you’re going to need to stay for a bit if you want to check things out. There’s a one-week minimum, and you can expect to shell out between $125 and $255 per night. That price doesn’t sound too bad to us, and it sounds even better if you get your company to pick up the bill when traveling on business.

[Photo: ROOST Apartment Hotel]

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SLS LUX Redux is Now in The Works in Philadelphia

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  Site Where: 301 S. Broad Street [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19107
March 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | ()

Philippe Starck, developer Carl Dranoff and Sam Nazarian

The first SLS LUX Hotel is set to open shortly in the Bahamas but already work is underway on another one—this time in Philadelphia.

We told you about SLS coming to Philly in December 2013 but it looks like the plan has been upgraded to make the property an SLS Lux brand.

Going up at Broad and Spruce Streets, the SLS LUX Philadelphia will have 152 hotel rooms, along with 90 SLS International Residences, all developed by Dranoff Properties. All residents and hotel guests will share the SLS LUX amenities which include a landscaped sun deck, a 75-foot indoor pool, a full service spa, concierge services, 24-hour room service, and SLS F&B concepts, which have yet to be announced but could totally include Katsuya, Cleo and Umami restaurants.

SLS’s fave designer, Philippe Starck will design the hotel and residences which will be built on the site of the former home of Phildelphia International Records, which was responsible for putting forth “The Sound of Philadelphia” out in the world, as well as racking up 175 gold and platinum albums. Starck and sbe chairman Sam Nazarian both pledged to honor the history and importance of the PIR at an event announcing the project last week.

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A Funky Philly Deco Building May Be The Next Uber-Urban Address For AC Hotels by Marriott

November 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

A former film distribution center for Warner Brothers may become the new Philadelphia address for AC Hotels by Marriott.

As faithful readers of HC already know, AC Hotels originated in Spain by designer Antonio Catalán as an urban contemporary hotel collection. Marriott announced its plans to import the brand back in June 2013, starting with AC Hotel New Orleans (which just opened), followed by Kansas City (December) and Miami (March 2015.) More locations have also been announced for Chicago, Asheville (North Carolina) and Irvine, Calif. And now Philadelphia.

The proposed Philly hotel, located at 13th and Florist Streets, is in the early planning and design stages, and an opening date has not been established. The Warner Brothers building is a two-story, Deco-inspired design dating back to 1947. There's really not much to work with here, so why not just build what you need on top of what you got?

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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.

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Yo, Adrian! Philly's Hotel Monaco Wants to Keep You Healthy

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  Site Where: 433 Chestnut Street [map], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19106
May 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | ()

Almost 40 years ago, Rocky put Philadelphia as the mecca for all things boxing and the fitness training that comes with it. Now, Philly's Hotel Monaco wants to continue the boxer's fight with a little help from one of their own.

The hotel's newest fitness initiative, Training Tips with T, calls upon the property's doorman to offer up some workout tips for staying healthy while on the road. Not only is 'T' a welcoming smile when you first step foot through the doors, but he's also a certified personal trainer so we know there's some accuracy behind what he telling us to do.

This six-step, full-body workout allows guests to get their sweat on in the comfort of their hotel room with no equipment required. Since T and the gang know that travelers might be tight on time and still want a tight tummy, the workout takes just 10 minutes to complete. Then you're on your way to see the Liberty Bell. (or devour a cheesesteak)

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Philly's Hotel Palomar is Holding a Hot Twitter Contest

April 24, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

One of Philly's Kimpton properties, the Hotel Palomar near Rittenhouse Square, kicked off a Twitter contest today that gives participants a chance to win a VIP “Romp n’ Roll” package, which includes overnight accommodations in the Palomar’s Presidential Suite, a romantic dinner for two at in-house Square 1682’s Chef’s Table, and next-day “Punch Brunch” at Square 1682. The question is: Are you and your honey hot enough to win?

To enter the contest, which is called "Sheets on the Streets," couples must submit their photo to @KimptonInPHL with the hashtags #SheetsontheStreets and #PalomarPhilly by May 1st at 12 a.m. The content of the photo and your level of attractiveness doesn't matter at this point because Kimpton will randomly select ten finalist couples to compete in a pose-off in a pop-up guestroom at the 2014 Rittenhouse Row Festival on Saturday, May 3rd.

This is where your hotness comes into play. The finalists don Kimpton’s signature animal print robes and frolic around the pop-up guestroom, and each couple will be given a half hour to convince festival goers to vote for them on Twitter. The couple that receives the most votes will win the grand prize, and from the looks of the Prez Suite bathroom, shown below, it'd be a hot night for a hot couple.

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Rittenhouse Hotel Reveals Details on New Spa, Set to Open This Summer

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  Site Where: 210 West Rittenhouse Square [map], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States, 19103
March 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel is known for its killer views and for honoring hometown favorite Grace Kelly with a cocktail in its new lobby bar, opened in the midst of a $10-million, 12-month refurbishment in anticipation of the hotel's upcoming 25th anniversary.

More upgrades aren't far behind, as the hotel announced that its new 15,000 square-foot spa facility, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, will open in late summer and contain a spa, health club, and salon.

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Showing Some Love: Kimpton Lands a Mural-Filled Third Property in Philly

February 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

Surprise surprise, look who's at it again.

The City of Brotherly Love confirmed this week that a third Kimpton Hotels will open in the 73-year-old Family Court Building in the Logan Square neighborhood, joining its already existing properties, the Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse Square and the Hotel Monaco on Independence Hall.

The location will be on the other side of Logan Circle from the soon-to-be old spot of the Four Seasons, close to the Barnes Museum and just down the Ben Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum.

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