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13 new hotels planned for Philly

From boutique hotels in Fishtown to sky-high hotels in Center City

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As more and more folks come to Philly and discover why our city is so awesome—History! Hoagies! Beer!—it’s no wonder why hotels are popping up throughout the city. In fact, more than a dozen hotel projects, big and small, have been announced in recent years, with all but three of them planned for Center City.

These hotels couldn’t come at a better a time. According to Visit Philly, in 2017, Philly saw a record 1.1 million leisure hotel room nights—that’s a 334 percent increase since 1997!

Here, we’ve mapped all of the hotels that have been officially announced as of February 2018, with some major updates on a few since we last updated this map in last year. Know of another project in the works that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments or hit the tipline.

The following hotels are listed in order of expected completion date.

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Cambria Hotel & Suites

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In November 2015 Choice Hotels announced its plans to open a Cambria Hotels & Suites at Broad and Locust, in partnership with Pearl Properties. The 206-room hotel broke ground in June 2016 and construction has been coming along since, topping off in May 2017. When it opens in April 2018, it will feature a fitness center and ground-floor commercial space.

Proto Hotel

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Developer Roland Kassis plans to build a 125-room boutique hotel next to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. Most recently, residents voted in favor of a proposed rooftop pool with a 6-foot overhang on Leopard Street. The current structure at the site is being restored as part of the project.

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

W Hotel and Element

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Construction started on this hotel in February 2015 and is going strong. In 2016, crews completed one of the biggest concrete pours in Philly’s history. When it opens in 2018, the 52-story tower will feature 290 rooms under the W Hotel, and 460 rooms in the Element.

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

Four Seasons Hotel

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After closing its Logan Square doors in June 2015—the Logan Hotel took its place in December 2015—the Four Seasons will re-open in 2018 on the top 12 floors of the 60-story Comcast Technology Center. Designed by Foster+Partners, the hotel will include 217 rooms, an express elevator, and a luxury spa with an indoor pool. It will be the most highly situated hotel above street-level in North America.

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Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

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Plans for the former Parker-Spruce Hotel have waxed and waned over the years, but things are finally back on track. The Wankawala Organization bought the hotel at 13th and Spruce and plans to reopen as a Fairhill Inn and Suites by Marriott in March 2018.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Hyatt Centric

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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, on the site of Little Pete’s diner, which is currently being demolished. The hotel will have more than 300 rooms, including dozens of executive suites, and ground-floor retail.

SLS International Hotel

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Dranoff Properties and SBE Entertainment Group are behind this 45-story hotel on the former site of Philadelphia International Records. Though announced years ago, the project has yet to break ground, as it awaited for state funding to come through. After it received $1.4 million of the $19 million requested, the new plans call for 101 hotel rooms and 114 residential units.

The exterior of the SLS International Hotel and Residences in Philadelphia. The facade is red with glass. Rendering by KPF Architects and Cope Linder

Family Court hotel conversion

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Since 2014, a proposal by Peebles Corp. to convert the historic Family Court building into a 199-room hotel has been floated around. But a couple of snags had stalled the project, most recently the changes made to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program. The developer last said in December 2017 that the project is “on life support.”

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Marriott AC

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The original plan called for the historic art deco Big Brothers Big Sisters building to be turned into a 150-room hotel and open in 2017. But major construction hasn’t started at the site yet. A spokesperson for Baywood said, “At this point we are looking to finalize financing and would like to start construction as soon as possible.” The latest construction permit issued in June 2017 show that Baywood Hotels and architects spg3 plan to build upon the current two-story building with a 15-story high-rise with underground parking, a rooftop pool, and amenity spaces.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Lokal Fishtown

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Lokal is expanding to Fishtown fresh off its openings in Old City and its A-frame in New Jersey. Construction is underway, and expect the same “invisible service” setup here, too.

The interior of a room in Lokal Hotel. There is a couch, bed, and tall windows letting in natural light. Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

ROOST at East Market

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In August 2018, the extended-stay hotel ROOST will open on five floors in 1199 Ludlow at East Market. It will feature 60 extended-stay, fully-furnished hotel suites, including a mix of studios, one-, two-bedroom, and penthouse units.

Photo by Matthew Williams for ROOST

Fitler Club

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Fitler Club, a private lifestyle club and 14-room boutique hotel with an indoor pool, a high-end restaurant, and a bowling alley is coming to 2400 Market. The club will set up shop on the lower levels of the building, which is currently in the middle of an overbuild renovation that will also be the home of Aramark’s new headquarters.

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Live! Hotel and Casino

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After clearing some legal hurdles, a massive casino and 200-room hotel room is in the works for South Philly’s stadium district. Construction on the $600 million casino and hotel will begin in 2018. If all goes to plan, Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia should open its doors in 2020.

Rendering by BLT Architects

Cambria Hotel & Suites

In November 2015 Choice Hotels announced its plans to open a Cambria Hotels & Suites at Broad and Locust, in partnership with Pearl Properties. The 206-room hotel broke ground in June 2016 and construction has been coming along since, topping off in May 2017. When it opens in April 2018, it will feature a fitness center and ground-floor commercial space.

Proto Hotel

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

Developer Roland Kassis plans to build a 125-room boutique hotel next to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. Most recently, residents voted in favor of a proposed rooftop pool with a 6-foot overhang on Leopard Street. The current structure at the site is being restored as part of the project.

Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects

W Hotel and Element

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

Construction started on this hotel in February 2015 and is going strong. In 2016, crews completed one of the biggest concrete pours in Philly’s history. When it opens in 2018, the 52-story tower will feature 290 rooms under the W Hotel, and 460 rooms in the Element.

A group of tall buildings in Philadelphia. Photo by Melissa Romero

Four Seasons Hotel

Renderings by Foster+Partners

After closing its Logan Square doors in June 2015—the Logan Hotel took its place in December 2015—the Four Seasons will re-open in 2018 on the top 12 floors of the 60-story Comcast Technology Center. Designed by Foster+Partners, the hotel will include 217 rooms, an express elevator, and a luxury spa with an indoor pool. It will be the most highly situated hotel above street-level in North America.

Renderings by Foster+Partners

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

Photo by Melissa Romero

Plans for the former Parker-Spruce Hotel have waxed and waned over the years, but things are finally back on track. The Wankawala Organization bought the hotel at 13th and Spruce and plans to reopen as a Fairhill Inn and Suites by Marriott in March 2018.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Hyatt Centric

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, on the site of Little Pete’s diner, which is currently being demolished. The hotel will have more than 300 rooms, including dozens of executive suites, and ground-floor retail.

SLS International Hotel

The exterior of the SLS International Hotel and Residences in Philadelphia. The facade is red with glass. Rendering by KPF Architects and Cope Linder

Dranoff Properties and SBE Entertainment Group are behind this 45-story hotel on the former site of Philadelphia International Records. Though announced years ago, the project has yet to break ground, as it awaited for state funding to come through. After it received $1.4 million of the $19 million requested, the new plans call for 101 hotel rooms and 114 residential units.

The exterior of the SLS International Hotel and Residences in Philadelphia. The facade is red with glass. Rendering by KPF Architects and Cope Linder

Family Court hotel conversion

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Since 2014, a proposal by Peebles Corp. to convert the historic Family Court building into a 199-room hotel has been floated around. But a couple of snags had stalled the project, most recently the changes made to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program. The developer last said in December 2017 that the project is “on life support.”

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Marriott AC

Photo by Melissa Romero

The original plan called for the historic art deco Big Brothers Big Sisters building to be turned into a 150-room hotel and open in 2017. But major construction hasn’t started at the site yet. A spokesperson for Baywood said, “At this point we are looking to finalize financing and would like to start construction as soon as possible.” The latest construction permit issued in June 2017 show that Baywood Hotels and architects spg3 plan to build upon the current two-story building with a 15-story high-rise with underground parking, a rooftop pool, and amenity spaces.

Photo by Melissa Romero

Lokal Fishtown

The interior of a room in Lokal Hotel. There is a couch, bed, and tall windows letting in natural light. Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

Lokal is expanding to Fishtown fresh off its openings in Old City and its A-frame in New Jersey. Construction is underway, and expect the same “invisible service” setup here, too.

The interior of a room in Lokal Hotel. There is a couch, bed, and tall windows letting in natural light. Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

ROOST at East Market

Photo by Matthew Williams for ROOST

In August 2018, the extended-stay hotel ROOST will open on five floors in 1199 Ludlow at East Market. It will feature 60 extended-stay, fully-furnished hotel suites, including a mix of studios, one-, two-bedroom, and penthouse units.

Photo by Matthew Williams for ROOST

Fitler Club

Renderings by MRad

Fitler Club, a private lifestyle club and 14-room boutique hotel with an indoor pool, a high-end restaurant, and a bowling alley is coming to 2400 Market. The club will set up shop on the lower levels of the building, which is currently in the middle of an overbuild renovation that will also be the home of Aramark’s new headquarters.

Renderings by MRad

Live! Hotel and Casino

Rendering by BLT Architects

After clearing some legal hurdles, a massive casino and 200-room hotel room is in the works for South Philly’s stadium district. Construction on the $600 million casino and hotel will begin in 2018. If all goes to plan, Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia should open its doors in 2020.

Rendering by BLT Architects