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W Hotels Brand Debuts in Philadelphia

The new hotel is part of a dual-branded property, sharing a 51-story Center City skyscraper with the Element by Westin

August 29, 2021

Marriott International’s W Hotels brand has premiered in Philadelphia. The property, which offers 295 rooms and suites is part of a dual-branded property together with the 460-room Element by Westin hotel which opened in May. The two Marriott brands share a 51-story skyscraper on Chestnut Street in Center City.

The W Philadelphia has an extensive art collection which include abstract murals celebrating urban gardens along with oil and digital print portraits of the city’s most famous musicians. The majority of the collection was exclusively commissioned by the hotel using local artists.

Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city views and Shaker-style chairs in the workspace area. The words of the Declaration of Independence are etched on a custom light fixture, while beds feature a bespoke ‘Philly Toile’ bedspread print with modern and historical city icons.

Suites feature oversized soaking tubs, Danby marble, Chesterfield-style furnishings, balconies, and local artwork inspired by the impressionist and modern art collections at the nearby Barnes Foundation. The hotel’s Wow and Extreme Wow suites also have custom foosball and billiard tables, and DJ booths.

Dining options include the hotel’s Living Room, inspired by the sunken gardens of Fairmount Park. Behind a two-way mirror lies Stevens’ Prophecy, a salon which celebrates Philadelphia native Grace Kelly and serves a menu of small-batch and limited-run spirits.

The seventh floor is home to the Wet Deck bar, which includes a heated year-round pool, and the Secret Garden which hosts local pop-ups and live music performances. Finally, the hotel’s Dolce restaurant offers regional Italian dishes.

The hotel also has a fitness center, and a spa on the seventh floor with five treatment rooms, a lounge, beauty bar and DJ set-up for private events. W Philadelphia has over 45,000 square feet of events space across three floors, including 37 meeting rooms.

 “Philadelphia is the quintessential city for a W hotel,” commented Tom Jarrold, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Its diverse neighborhoods and rich history attract travelers from around the country and the world and we are excited to put our unique stamp on its luxury hotel scene.”

Globally, W Hotels has 60 hotels with another 34 in the pipeline. The Philadelphia is the first of a trio of North American openings this year for the brand: The other two are W Nashville and W Toronto, both set for the fall.