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The Study at University City, a 145,000-square foot bou- tique hotel in University City, opened in early 2017 featur- ing 212 rooms, approximately 7,000-square feet of ban- quet and meeting space, and a 105-seat corner restau- rant and bar.


Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel opened in early 2017 with 107 rooms in an Art Moderne building that previously served as a film-storage facility on the northern edge of the city’s Chinatown district.


Aloft Philadelphia Downtown opened in October with 179 rooms. Located in the restored, historic Liberty Title and Trust building, it is the second property to be directly attached to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Its out- door bar and patio add to the ambiance.


Le Meridien completed a million-dollar renovation in late spring 2017 and Fairfield Inn and Suites Philadelphia Downtown Center City is set to open in December 2017.


Cambria Hotel and Suites Philadelphia Downtown on the Avenue of the Arts is coming online in April 2018. The 223-room hotel boasts meeting space, a swimming pool, fitness center, and the only rooftop bar on Broad Street.


The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the Comcast Center is slated to open in July 2018 with sweeping views of the city atop the brand new state-of-the-art Comcast Technology Center. Located on the 48th to 60th floors of what will become the tallest building in the city, the hotel will have 217 modern guest rooms, 38 suites, extensive meeting and event spaces, restaurant and lounge on the top floor with 360-degree views of the city, and a ground floor restaurant.


W Hotel + Element by Westin, projected for an opening in 2019, will be a 773,500-square foot hotel with 295 W Hotel rooms and a 460-room Element, each with separate lobbies. The W will include 45,000-square feet of meeting and event space and an outdoor pool bar and terrace.


Fashion District Philadelphia (formerly the Gallery at Market East) will be a mixed-use development rising opposite the Pennsylvania Convention Center, opening in 2018.


Viaduct Rail Park, once an abandoned rail yard, is due to open in spring 2018. This venture is set to transform an abandoned rail line into a three-mile urban greenway that connects 10 neighborhoods through a green pedestrian and bicycle pathway.


Aloft hotel in Philadelphia, PA courtesy: PHLCVB


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Loews Philadelphia Hotel, across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is housed in what was the first skyscraper in the U.S. It boasts 47,000-square feet of flexible function space, includ- ing three ballrooms with extensive pre-function space. Its Bank and Bourbon Restaurant has become a popular meeting space among post- convention attendees.


Ping-pong is a great icebreaker, conversation starter, social activator, and adds a layer of fun, comfort and engagement beyond most traditional events. SPiN Philadelphia is a hot new venue offering professional Olympic ping pong tables, VIP private ping pong lounge space, full-service catering and bar service, as well as on-site event planners. It has quickly become a great venue for team bonding events.


Harp and Crown by restaurateur Michael Schulson has become very popular private event venue, especially with Elbow Lane located downstairs, which is designed as a speakeasy lounge with a two-lane bowling alley.


In the heart of the historic area, the Conference Center at CHF (Chemical Heritage Foundation) plays host to meetings and special events. It offers space for up to 300 people within eight dynamic rooms, premier catering options and free access to the Museum at CHF. The venue is dedicated to sustain- able best practices and to provide green meeting options.


Mid-Atlantic EVENTS Magazine 67


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