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Motto by Hilton Opens in Philadelphia’s Center City

 New lifestyle hotel near popular attractions embraces local culture

May 17, 2021

Motto by Hilton Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square has opened in the heart of Center City Philly. This urban, lifestyle hotel caters to guests seeking modern, city-center lodging that embraces local culture.

Motto Philadelphia, part of Hilton’s lifestyle portfolio, is located near major transit hubs, within walking distance of scenic Rittenhouse Square Park, and near popular attractions such as Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s the second-ever Motto to open, following last year’s launch of a Washington, D.C. location. This newest Motto hotel with 252 rooms was opened in partnership with Cafritz Interests, Parkway Corporation, and Modus Hotels.

“This new hotel exemplifies what we envision for the Motto brand as it expands — an ideal urban location, modern design, thoughtfully curated food and drink options and a welcoming atmosphere,” said Tripp McLaughlin, global head of Motto by Hilton.

Motto Philadelphia’s 234 guest rooms and 18 larger studio rooms feature a chic, modern design and have everything a guest needs for an enjoyable stay and restful sleep — all within an efficient footprint.

• Equipped with 50” flat screens, high ceilings and loft-style windows with city views

• Furnished with smart room technology that allows guests to stream favorite shows, control the room climate, and adjust lighting

• Outfitted with premium, eco-friendly bath amenities and high-quality shower heads

• Built to maximize the utilization of space, with integrated storage nooks and multi-purpose furniture

“From new dining establishments to historical sites, the lively downtown Philadelphia area has much to offer to tourists and business people alike,” said Adam Gollance, CEO of Modus Hotels. “Motto Philadelphia is in a prime location for those who want to fully experience this great city.” Motto Philadelphia features three food and beverage spaces, each imagined and operated by Defined Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia and R&D cocktail bar.

• Occupying the ground floor, Condesa is a contemporary 140-seat eatery, named after the vibrant neighborhood in Mexico City. Condesa’s menu highlights regionally inspired dishes centered on Mexican heirloom corn tortillas, traditionally prepared with volcanic-stone ground masa and made entirely in-house each day. The bar also showcases a significant list of mezcal- and tequila-based spirits.

• El Techo, the 11th floor taqueria, offers a more casual Mexican menu, communal tables, and expansive views of the Philadelphia skyline with retractable glass windows and a roof that allows for year-round, open-air dining.

• El Café, with a 19th street entrance, provides guests with an all-day food and beverage offering serving coffee from Stumptown Roasters, breakfast tacos and made-daily pastries – a perfect option for guests and neighbors.

More than just a place to eat and drink, the lobby of Motto Philadelphia makes a good location to meet, socialize, or work. Creations by local artists appear throughout the first floor. The hotel’s on-site fitness center features Matrix Treadmills, Elliptical, and a functional trainer as well as a Peloton Bike and free weights. Each floor features a Brita water station to encourage re-usable water bottles.

Hotel guests will be greeted and assisted by “Motto Hosts,” staff members who are “in the know” about the city and neighborhood and will help provide access and curated recommendations about the local scene. Nearby attractions include:

• Rittenhouse Square Park, a tree-dotted area that provides a serene setting for strolling, people watching and simply relaxing

• The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which has an abundance of riches inside in addition to providing the backdrop for the iconic “Rocky” film scene on the steps outside

• DiBruno Bros., an acclaimed Italian food market with a vast selection of cheese, meats, breads, and wine • Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed • Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest public markets, serving up a wide range of shopping and dining options

NOTE: As Motto by Hilton responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. For more information on Hilton’s resources, visit Hilton CleanStay and Hilton EventReady.