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Mapping Philly’s biggest hotel projects to watch

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Between new luxury boutique spots and larger, high-rise developments opening in the city over the past few years, the hotel game has been strong in Philly. Projects, big and small, have been announced in recent years all over the city, with many focusing on Center City, specifically. (PlanPhilly has a great explainer as to why Philly hotels have become such a hot commodity).

Here, we've mapped all of the major, most talked-about hotels that are still in the works as of March, 2019. There are some projects that have wrapped up since we last updated this list in 2017—like the Parker Hotel—and others that have scrapped plans for a hotel entirely—like the once-called SLS International Hotel & Residences. In those cases, we’ve taken them off the list, but you can always check out hotel projects (finished or not) in the Philly Hotels section of the Curbed Philly site.

Note: This list includes only the most-talked about/anticipated hotels in the works right now. If we missed a big project that you think should be included, let us know in an email.

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1. Frankford Avenue hotel

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1224 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Developer Roland Kassis plans to build a 114-room boutique hotel next to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. The news circulated throughout 2015, and his plans have only changed slightly since then. He plans for a pool on top of the building, and for a restaurant inside. Most recently, permits were issued in 2018 for the demolition of part of the current structure.

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

2. Family Court hotel conversion

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1801 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Since 2014, a proposal by Peebles Corp. to convert the historic Family Court building into a boutique hotel has been floated around. But a couple of snags had stalled the project: The National Parks Service rejected the developer's initial proposal, saying that it would downgrade the building's historic character too much. Now, it looks like plans are moving forward. The Peebles Corp. received $2 million more in state funding to finish the project, which will have 220 rooms, a lounge, and a spa. They plan to preserve much of the historic main floor and the facade.

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3. 40th and Chestnut

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This is arguably one of the newest planned hotels on this list. U3 Ventures leased the space this month, with plans to turn it into a mixed-use development, including residences, a restaurant, and a hotel with seven rooms.

4. The Revival

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127 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

New York-based developers Cherry Orchard LLC. are overseeing this new hotel, which will be a 14-story new construction with 64 guest rooms, a roof deck, cafe in the lobby, a second-floor fitness center, and bicycle spaces. Representatives for the development call it a “passion project” which they hope to complete within the next three to five years.

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5. Four Seasons Hotel

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1800 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Four Seasons luxury hotel will open this summer on the top floors of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Designed by Norman Foster, and interiors by Gensler, the hotel will include about 24 rooms per floor, starting at around $600 a night. Most recently, Curbed Philly took a tour of the rooms, which mainly look out over the Parkway, and range from 350 to 450 square feet. There’s also a Four Seasons restaurant opening along with the hotel in the summer.

A representative for the project said in March that they’ll be holding an official job fair later this month to hire staff for the hotel.

Rendering by Foster + Partners

6. Fitler Club

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2400 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Aramark Headquarters is moving into a site along the Schuylkill River and bringing with it a private lifestyle club and hotel called Fitler Club. The club, which will sit on the lower levels of the building, will have an indoor pool, a boutique hotel, a high-end restaurant, and a bowling alley. There will be 14 luxury hotel rooms included in the space when it opens this year.

Renderings by MRad

7. Pod Philly

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1900 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Now for something completely different (or at least a little unique): A pod hotel is opening in Center City this summer, bringing 252 bedroom-sized rooms. It’s described as a micro-hotel, which means it’ll be about 100,000 square feet and 11 stories tall. The rooms will sit around 170 square feet each. It’s being developed by Modus Hotels, which has brought similar concepts to New York and D.C. The hotel will feature a number of attractions, like a restaurant and coffee shop, communal work space, and a rooftop with a greenhouse-style bar.

8. Stephen Girard Building

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21 ⛉, S 12th St suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The historic Stephen Girard building is set to become a hotel with 13 floors of visitor accommodations and a sit-down restaurant, according to a zoning permit filed recently by National Development—the group overseeing the project. It’s all part of the larger East Market project, which is transforming several city blocks around 11th and 12th streets into residences, dining, retail, office space, and more.

9. Former Midtown II diner

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1100 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Another plan still in its infancy (like #3) is this spot at the site of the former Midtown II diner, which has been closed since 2016. It’s likely to be turned into a 14-story hotel with 86 rooms and restaurants on the first and second floors.

10. Hyatt Centric

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1602 Chancellor St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

After more than a year of "will it or won’t it," Hyatt Centric Hotel confirmed in September 2016 that it would be opening a 13-story hotel at 16th and Chancellor streets, the former site of Little Pete's diner. The ground floor will feature either a high-end retailer or a restaurant, and the second floor will be the lobby and main public space, as well as another potential restaurant. Construction on the hotel is currently underway, with plans to top off this summer, according to a source with Harman Group, which provided structural engineering and parking planning & design for the project.

Rendering by Das Architects

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1. Frankford Avenue hotel

1224 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

Developer Roland Kassis plans to build a 114-room boutique hotel next to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. The news circulated throughout 2015, and his plans have only changed slightly since then. He plans for a pool on top of the building, and for a restaurant inside. Most recently, permits were issued in 2018 for the demolition of part of the current structure.

1224 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. Family Court hotel conversion

1801 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Since 2014, a proposal by Peebles Corp. to convert the historic Family Court building into a boutique hotel has been floated around. But a couple of snags had stalled the project: The National Parks Service rejected the developer's initial proposal, saying that it would downgrade the building's historic character too much. Now, it looks like plans are moving forward. The Peebles Corp. received $2 million more in state funding to finish the project, which will have 220 rooms, a lounge, and a spa. They plan to preserve much of the historic main floor and the facade.

1801 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. 40th and Chestnut

Philadelphia, PA 19104

This is arguably one of the newest planned hotels on this list. U3 Ventures leased the space this month, with plans to turn it into a mixed-use development, including residences, a restaurant, and a hotel with seven rooms.

4. The Revival

127 N 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
DAS Architects, via Cherry Orchard LLC

New York-based developers Cherry Orchard LLC. are overseeing this new hotel, which will be a 14-story new construction with 64 guest rooms, a roof deck, cafe in the lobby, a second-floor fitness center, and bicycle spaces. Representatives for the development call it a “passion project” which they hope to complete within the next three to five years.

127 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

5. Four Seasons Hotel

1800 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rendering by Foster + Partners

The Four Seasons luxury hotel will open this summer on the top floors of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Designed by Norman Foster, and interiors by Gensler, the hotel will include about 24 rooms per floor, starting at around $600 a night. Most recently, Curbed Philly took a tour of the rooms, which mainly look out over the Parkway, and range from 350 to 450 square feet. There’s also a Four Seasons restaurant opening along with the hotel in the summer.

A representative for the project said in March that they’ll be holding an official job fair later this month to hire staff for the hotel.

1800 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Fitler Club

2400 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Renderings by MRad

The Aramark Headquarters is moving into a site along the Schuylkill River and bringing with it a private lifestyle club and hotel called Fitler Club. The club, which will sit on the lower levels of the building, will have an indoor pool, a boutique hotel, a high-end restaurant, and a bowling alley. There will be 14 luxury hotel rooms included in the space when it opens this year.

2400 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Pod Philly

1900 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Now for something completely different (or at least a little unique): A pod hotel is opening in Center City this summer, bringing 252 bedroom-sized rooms. It’s described as a micro-hotel, which means it’ll be about 100,000 square feet and 11 stories tall. The rooms will sit around 170 square feet each. It’s being developed by Modus Hotels, which has brought similar concepts to New York and D.C. The hotel will feature a number of attractions, like a restaurant and coffee shop, communal work space, and a rooftop with a greenhouse-style bar.

1900 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Stephen Girard Building

21 ⛉, S 12th St suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The historic Stephen Girard building is set to become a hotel with 13 floors of visitor accommodations and a sit-down restaurant, according to a zoning permit filed recently by National Development—the group overseeing the project. It’s all part of the larger East Market project, which is transforming several city blocks around 11th and 12th streets into residences, dining, retail, office space, and more.

21 ⛉, S 12th St suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Former Midtown II diner

1100 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Another plan still in its infancy (like #3) is this spot at the site of the former Midtown II diner, which has been closed since 2016. It’s likely to be turned into a 14-story hotel with 86 rooms and restaurants on the first and second floors.

1100 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Hyatt Centric

1602 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rendering by Das Architects

After more than a year of "will it or won’t it," Hyatt Centric Hotel confirmed in September 2016 that it would be opening a 13-story hotel at 16th and Chancellor streets, the former site of Little Pete's diner. The ground floor will feature either a high-end retailer or a restaurant, and the second floor will be the lobby and main public space, as well as another potential restaurant. Construction on the hotel is currently underway, with plans to top off this summer, according to a source with Harman Group, which provided structural engineering and parking planning & design for the project.

1602 Chancellor St
Philadelphia, PA 19103