(1 GB/s), Q-SYS audio system, compli- mentary security assisted parking, and easy trade show access.

In addition to the updates and upgrades to the Special Event Center, Drexelbrook soon will welcome a brand new, state-of-the-art H4 Holiday Inn and Suites, which will be connect- ed to the southern end of the event center. The new hotel will be home to 100 ultra-modern rooms with Smart TVs (86 guest rooms, 12 suites and 2 executive suites), an indoor swimming pool, complimentary fitness center, Street Light Restaurant and Bar, an out- door patio, business center, bi-lingual staff, and IHG Green Engage, an innova- tive online environmental sustainabili- ty system that helps to measure and manage the hotel’s impact on the envi- ronment.

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill (Philadelphia Marriott Old City) Philadelphia, PA

Located in the heart of historic Old City Philadelphia, the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel is cur- rently in the process of a renovation and rebranding that began in February of 2019. The Buccini/Pollin Group, together with Marriott International, have announced plans to transition the Sheraton into the Philadelphia Marriott Old City. The 364-room hotel will become the newest Marriott Hotels branded property in Philadelphia in mid-July of 2019. The full project is expected to be complet- ed later in the year, but the hotel will remain open during the renovation and rebranding.

Helping with the transition to the Marriott flag is the fact that the hotel has always been charming, modern and considered upscale, even as a Sheraton. After its renovation, the prop- erty will boast a very unique lobby with comfortable seating, open areas and gathering places that will provide a “great room” feel. A bar will occupy the center of the lobby area offering ample, comfortable seating, and there will be a breakfast room that is sepa- rate from the main dining area at the

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hotel restaurant. Business travelers will have access to the M Club, a private space that offers food and beverage, a TV, and a quiet place to relax, yet big enough to engage and network.

Guests rooms will be refreshed and upgraded to include flat screen TVs, in- room safes, refrigerators and modern, comfortable new furnishings, and many of the bathrooms will be upgrad- ed to include exquisite new shower stalls. A state-of-the-art exercise facility will be added as part of the renovation, replacing the former swimming pool area and doubling the size of existing fitness facilities. After the brand con- version is complete, renovations will continue to the remaining hotel rooms and meeting space will be upgraded.

Planners and guests can enjoy the rewards of Marriott Bonvoy, the new name for the brand’s combined loyalty programs that include Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® and SPG®. Located in a neighbor- hood with less traffic and congestion than Center City, guests of the hotel can enjoy a leisurely walk to attrac- tions like the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House. Easily accessible via I-95, SEPTA stops and the subway (just a short walk to Market Street), there are opportunities to experience everything in the city from sporting events to fine dining to theatrical performances to museums and more.

Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City Philadelphia, PA

Across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and adjacent to the historic Reading Terminal Market, Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City completed a $9 million renovation this spring that included its 279 guest rooms, featuring 109 junior suites and 4 deluxe and presidential suites. The new room upgrades include amenities like Serta Perfect Sleeper® mattresses, ergonomic desk chairs, 42” LG LCD Flat Screen TVs and more. Owned and managed by an affiliate of GF Management, Hilton Garden Inn

Philadelphia Center City is within walk- ing distance to over 100 restaurants, historic attractions, theaters, museums and shopping.

Fusion Arena Philadelphia, PA

The Cordish Companies and project partner Comcast Spectacor recently announced a new $50 million, next- generation esports and entertainment venue to be adjacent to Xfinity Live!

Fusion Arena will seat up to 3,500 guests and will stand as the largest new construction, purpose-built esports arena in the western hemi- sphere.

Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Downtown Marriott recently took a former banquet kitchen and turned it into 1201 Innovation Lab. Hidden away at the hotel, 1201 Innovation Lab offers meet- ing and event planners demonstrations to show the creativity of Executive Chef Robert Price and his team as it relates to innovative, customizable F&B programs for groups. Examples include: for a medical group, a food buffet was set up on a replica of an “Operation” game board; a science group was pre- sented with levitating plates; and an ironworkers group was taken out of the ballroom and onto a BBQ patio out- side the hotel for a pig roast.

AKA Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA

AKA Rittenhouse Square, hotel resi- dences specializing in weekly and monthly stays, recently revealed new designs and amenities throughout the property marking the completion of a multi-phase, multimillion-dollar trans- formation. Enhancements introduced at the hotel include a newly-unveiled tree-level “Reverse Penthouse” on the mezzanine, which provides residents who love the space and luxury of the upper penthouse level the option to

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