What’s up and coming in Pennsylvania

In an exclusive report shared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, there are 25 projects and 4,503 rooms in the pipeline forecast for Pennsylvania. Among the state’s cities, Pittsburgh tops the list, followed by Philadelphia and Malvern. Twenty projects are first class/four-star properties, while five are luxury/five-star properties.

Located at the confluence of the three rivers: Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, the city will witness a lot of new hotels coming up this year and beyond.

The 221-room Rivers Casino Hotel Pittsburgh is opening in the $35 million riverfront hotel on the eastern side of its North Shore building. It is scheduled to open in Q2/2019. The hotel is expected to include a new spa, restaurant, bar, riverfront connections, and integration into the property’s existing riverfront park and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and will be attached to the casino. The construction of the seven-story hotel is expected to take 13 to 16 months. The location is a former steel mill, brownfield site along the Ohio River.

Pathways on the site

Pathways on the site of the River's Casion Hotel Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Strada LLC.

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh Image courtesy of IHG.

Another former steel mill site is also currently getting a complete makeover. Built on the J&L Steel Mill, Hotel Indigo South Oakland is coming up at Pittsburgh Technology Center in South Oakland. The 108-room hotel is accepting reservations for arrivals on or after June 30, 2018. The six-story boutique hotel would feature a mix of standard rooms and suites, a restaurant, about 1,500 square feet of meeting space, parking, and bicycle storage. A restaurant and lounge, Eliza, takes its name from the Eliza Furnace that once existed at the J&L Steel Mill.

The 133-room AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh is set to open in September this year. The new hotel project, which will be built next door to the restaurant Eleven and across the street from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, will feature modern guestrooms; the AC Lounge SM, a co-working space by day and hub of social buzz by night, serving tapas plates; AC Kitchen, with European-inspired breakfast; bartenders with local expertise; Wi-Fi; mobile check-in and check-out; and a 24-hour fitness center.

Also opening this November is The Oaklander Hotel by Autograph Collection. The 167-room hotel will feature a rooftop lobby with a lounge and restaurant, as well as 2,200 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. There will be an independent, street-level restaurant located on Bigelow Blvd. and a coffee shop located on Lytton street.

The biggest city of the state, Philadelphia has a lot happening. The Hyatt Centric Philadelphia on Chancellor Street is opening in the Q2/2019. This will be a 309-room property. The former Hudson Hotel is planned to be branded as Hyatt Centric and would be the second Hyatt-branded property in Center City. The hotel would displace a parking structure that currently accommodates Little Pete’s on its ground floor.

Opening this year in Q3 is the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Harrisburg on Airport Road. The 120-room hotel will be adjacent to the Harrisburg International Airport (HIA), the site is just steps from the Middletown business community and Penn State Harrisburg Campus. The proposed property will feature such amenities as on-site laundry, fitness room, business center, and 1,600 square feet of meeting space. As with all Fairfield Inn & Suites, guests will enjoy a daily, complimentary breakfast, as well as a lobby lounge and full-service bar that offers a wide array of drinks and small bites food menu.

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel image

Soon after this, is the opening of the Four Seasons Philadelphia on Arch Street in Q4. The 220-room hotel is going to be a part of the mixed-use tower which is expected to be the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago, and will be the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania. In addition to office space, the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will house a Four Seasons hotel. The luxury hotel will include world-class spa, fitness, event and meeting facilities as well as an exciting new restaurant located on the top floor of the building, offering spectacular 360 degree city views. The building will seek LEED Platinum certification. Comcast will execute an initial lease for at least 957,000 square feet, or approximately 75 percent of the rentable office space, for a term of 20 years.

Also opening is the 350-room Hyde Hotel & Residences Philadelphia in Q4/2019. The design of the Hyde Hotel looks like a building that’s “always been there.” As such, early conceptual designs call for a slender tower composed of glazed, industrial-style windows, brick on the east and west, and topped with metal paneling. The L-shaped design will rise to the height of the adjacent Hamilton Building (roughly 9-stories) on South Broad Street, but taper in at the third floor to allow a sizable amount of space in order to preserve the light well.

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel image 2
The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel image

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel Rendering courtesy of Cope Linder Architects

The 152-room SLS Lux Hotel Philadelphia is opening in Q1/2020. The SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel & SLW International Residences is going to be the tallest residential building in Pennsylvania when completed. The SLS will rise 47 stories, with boutique hotel rooms and luxury condominiums on the higher floors.

AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh image 2
AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh image

AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel is scheduled to open in June 2019, the hotel is located at Chestnut Street. The dual-branded property is being developed by Cope Linder Architects. According to the architects, “Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will operate the dual-branded facility to include the 295-room W Philadelphia and 460-room Element Philadelphia Hotel. Scheduled to open in 2018, the 51-story, 773,500 SF LEED Certified project will offer hotel guests panoramic city views, an outdoor pool bar and terrace, meeting and banquet facilities, food and beverage venues, prime retail space, and parking for 171 cars.”

AC Hotel by Marriott Pittsburgh image

The Hyatt Centric Philadelphia Rendering courtesy of Das Architects.

Guests will enter W Philadelphia via the hotel’s distinctive Chestnut Street lobby, which will feature a signature W Living Room, VIP room, and a 150-seat destination restaurant. While the Element Philadelphia will feature a separate arrival lobby on Chestnut Street with elevator access to the main second floor lobby.

Coming back to life is The Parker Spruce Hotel. Once called “The Parker,” the building has a historic significance. According to the March 2018 report by Curbed Philadelphia, “The hotel has taken on new ownership—Mihir Wankawala, of the Wankawala organization bought it in 2015—and the owners have partnered with Marriott to make it a Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel.”

The Oaklander Hotel by Autograph Collection

Rendering courtesy of The Oaklander Hotel by Autograph Collection.

Opening in the heart of Philadelphia is the East Market which will revitalize an entire city block, from Market to Chestnut from 11th to 12th Streets. This mixed-use project will blend urban and artisanal shopping and dining experiences with contemporary work and living spaces, states the East Market official site. ROOST Apartment Hotel, the high design

extended stay concept, will operate 60 artfully furnished apartments at East Market, opening in August 2018.

Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the ROOST brand, a concept that bridges a boutique hotel with apartment-style living, will welcome a new location for its weekly and monthly residents within this dynamic and growing city neighborhood.

Image courtesy of king of Hearts via Wikimedia Commons