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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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It's no secret the Philadelphia Eagles aren't repping the NFC East to the fullest these days--their offense is so bad Benjamin Franklin has risen from the belly of Lincoln Financial Field to harness some electricity (and bifocals) for the teams key players. We kid! Still, what the city is lacking in football fortune it's making up for it in the hospitality sector.
Not only did they bring the fab Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Philadelphia last year to the historic area of Center City, but they've created what can be described as a seriously grown and sexy rooftop scene with their Stratus bar. It's open year-round, so if you haven't been, they've got heated banquettes and a now working fireplace which will keep you toasty. Plus Kimpton has introduced the "Raid the Bar" amenity for their loyalty program. Now Kimpton InTouch members can use their $10 credit per visit toward a delicious craft cocktail or drink of choice at a Kimpton bar. And remember, there are two Kimptons in Philly. (Rates from $199)
If you're looking for luxury, there's the Sofitel Philadelphia, which seems like the sophisticated European secret near Rittenhouse Square. It's all French, all the time right down to bell staff wishing you a "bonjour". And taking inspiration from Paris, they're bringing the French Art of Living to your home this month with #SoBoutique, their bed and linens line. So that fluffy duvet is yours if you want it, madam. (Rates from $156)
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We've been keeping a close eye on the fast expansion of Hilton's Home2Suites brand, a hip extended stay concept, but their newest hotel in Philadelphia (the 20th overall for the brand) has us crazy excited.
We first wrote about the property back in 2011. Back then, all we knew was that the hotel would have all of the Home2 Suite brand standards such as a kitchenette, free WiFi, free breakfast and an iPad docking station. Fast forward two years and the Home2 Suites is way more than that.
Located at 1200 Arch Street in Center City near the convention center, Home2 Suites has "distinctive Philadelphia and urban flair" with natural woodwork, quarried wall stone and and oversized historical Philly map in the lobby. We also love that the hotel features an energy-efficient roof, chairs made from recycled Coke bottles and tables made from recycled bowling alley lanes. All in all it has 248 guestrooms, making it the largest Home2 Suite hotel yet.
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Remember the old days of tailgating where even if your college (or favorite professional) sports team didn't win, you were still the proud winner of a terrible hangover and sometimes some incriminating photos of yourself doing keg-stands in a parking lot and heaven forbid maybe even some body paint was involved?
Yes, okay, well: The Doubletree in Philly is giving you a chance to win something other than those lovely things with the Philly Overnight Tailgating Package. So long as you act like a Phillies fan for a night, that is.
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As if finding a way to Philly wasn't already rather cheap, now staying in the City of Brotherly Love is extremely, unbelievably, insanely affordable. And it's all thanks to the new Guest Stimulus Plan at the Alexander Inn which is offering limited rooms from Thursday through Sundays for $1.. No, that's not a typo. One George Washington is all you need.
Hotel owner Mel Heifetz said he decided to do the promotion to help out guests with their budgets but also to help out the city of Philly. Since folks don't have to spend so much on the hotel room, they can spend a little more on "art exhibits, show tickets, and in other neighborhood establishments." We couldn't agree more.
The promotion runs from March 10 to May 21. We suggest holding out until late April if you can as the hotel is going through a renovation which will see the arrival of new furniture in mid-April.
After the jump is the nitty gritty on the deal.
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You know how they say you can know a how guy will treat his girl if you look at how he treats his mom? Well, the same can be said about the Loews Philadelphia. You know they'll take care of you, just by knowing how they treat their staff.
Last week was International Housekeeping Week and they jumped feet-first into the action with daily activities to honor the housekeeping staff. We so wish we had been there.
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Get your hot dogs, sunscreen and beer guts ready: Independence Day is just over two weeks away! If you're headed to a big city for some fireworks fun, we'll be taking a look at hotels with prime fireworks views. Have a favorite hotel for gawking at bombs bursting in air? Send it our way.
Philly features the impressive Sunoco Welcome America! festival and the hotel offers a sweet deal for the whole family to go along with it (with cameos by historic characters every day!)
Looks like that $9 million renovation last year paid off at the Loews Philadelphia. The hotel was just awarded Hotel of the Year by Loews CEO Jonathan Tisch at the company's annual national meeting in Orlando in Orlando earlier this week. Hotel-Online reports:
Loews Philadelphia Hotel received the company's top honor, "Hotel of the Year." The hotel was recognized for its overall commitment to guest and employee satisfaction, compliance with brand initiatives and standards, year-over-year profits in both average room rate and food and beverage outlets, and implementation of the "Good Neighbor Policy," to list a few criteria for the award.
The hotel's director of sales and marketing, Anthony Del Gaudio, also won "Marketer of the Year" for all the partnerships he has forged between the hotel and the community.
Now if only they would make that WiFi free.
See what we had to say when we stayed at the Loews Philadelphia back in February 08.
We hopped down to Philadelphia last weekend to check out the opening of a Star Wars exhibit and explore the city's geeky offerings for Jaunted. Our base of operations was the Loews Philadelphia, a place we stayed right after its $9 million spruce up last year.
The Center City location is a short cab ride from just about everywhere, and it's definitely cool to be staying in a historic Art Deco bank building. So how was it?
This March, the Loews Philadelphia wrapped up a year long, $9 million dollar renovation job that saw the upgrade of all 581 of the hotel's guest rooms. Intrigued by both the sum and the timing -- the hotel only opened in 2000 -- we popped by to see how far a cool $9 mill' goes these days.
Bam Margera and Missy Rothstein were married back in February, and despite the spotty history of MTV reality show couples, the Margeras let MTV film the whole thing.
Last nights episode culminated with a 300+ person wedding ceremony and celebration that was held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
In a weekend celebration that featured Bam trying to push a broken footed, wheel chair ridden, Novak down an escalator, Iggy Pop hopping into bed with Bam and Novak in just a bathrobe, and plenty of jack-assian antics, the Loews appeared to hold up really well. Sure the antics were noticeably toned and we have been to plenty of weddings that were way more jack ass antic filled than that one, however, the Loews Hotel still came out of the whole thing looking great.
Staffers were pleasant and helpful, the rooms looked sleek and quite large, and wedding went off without a hitch.
One caveat, the bathrooms, even in suite 2920, where the bride stayed, appeared to have that terrible fluorescent hotel bathroom lighting that shows every blemish--not necessarily a plus for worried brides, but just turn those damn fluorescent lights off and you will be set.