Sonesta Philadelphia Reveals Complete Property Renovation and Introduction of the Newest Hotel Brand in Philadelphia

Ideally located in Philadelphia’s financial district, the Sonesta Philadelphia today announced the completion of a full renovation and transformation of the 1800 Market Street property. Sonesta International Hotel Corporation began management of the towering property (formerly known as the Crowne Plaza) two years ago and began the nearly $30 million renovation process in January of 2013. The new artfully inspired Sonesta Philadelphia reflects the brand’s commitment to contemporary design and providing guests with a sense of place, not just a place to stay.

“Philadelphia is emerging as a world-class urban destination with culture, cuisine and art offerings that are unrivaled,” remarked Mark Sherwin, executive vice president of operations, Sonesta Collection. “the new locally influenced design reflects the brand’s commitment to delivering a collection of diverse and distinctive properties as individuals as our guests.”

True to the Sonesta tradition, the Philadelphia property offers guests a stylish respite in the heart of the upscale Rittenhouse Square district. Reimaged by architect Eric Rahe of BLTa and designer Melissa Wylie of Sims Patrick Studio, all 439 guest rooms throughout the hotel have been fully redesigned and updated, while the addition of 22 suites (including a Presidential Suite) adds to the luxurious list of amenities offered by the hotel.

“From the guest rooms to the art gallery and the newly launched Art Bar, Sonesta Philadelphia offers guests from all over the world a chance to immerse themselves in a space where comfort meets style,” said Jordan Cooper, general manager of Sonesta Philadelphia. “Every detail in this sparkling new hotel has been carefully curated to create a warm and sophisticated experience for our guests.”

Brand new for the property is Art Gallery. Launched in partnership with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, this space showcases a rotating exhibition of local Philadelphia artists and continues the integration of art and sculpture throughout the property. Also new to the hotel is Art Bar, a fresh new lounge serving up local fare, small plates and art inspired cocktails. Grab-and-go snacks and a full coffee bar are also available from the café located in Art Barthroughout the day.

For special events, corporate meetings or memorable weddings, the Sonesta Philadelphia offers 16,000 square feet of fully renovated event space. Also available for hotel guests and special events, the property offers a roof top pool as a relaxing and refreshing escape from the urban excitement happening just outside of the hotel doors.

Sonesta Philadelphia joins the continuous expansion of Philadelphia’s hotel mix, joining the ranks with the four hotels that have opened in the downtown area just over the past two years with an additional two hotels scheduled to open in 2014 and beyond. For more information on Sonesta Philadelphia visit www.sonesta.com/philadelphia and join the conversation at facebook.com/sonestaphiladelphia, twitter.com/sonestaphilly or Instagram.com/sonesta_philly.

The all new Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is located in Center City at the corner of 18th and Market just outside the Square, within walking distance of the business district and many popular downtown Philadelphia attractions. All 439 new well-appointed guest rooms’ offer luxurious bedding, high speed wireless internet access, and views of downtown Philadelphia. The hotel features a seasonal roof top swimming pool with panoramic views of the city, a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center. With 16,000 square feet of meeting space, Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square easily accommodates meetings and events. The hotel offers a spectacular downtown location just 8 miles from Philadelphia (PHL) International Airport. The hotel is a convenient home from which to explore the nearby historic attractions, professional sporting events, and exciting dining and nightlife the city of Philadelphia and the hotel’s downtown neighborhood have to offer.

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