Just How Cool Is Philly’s Hotel Scene?
We compared Philly with other cities to see how we stack up.
Here’s how we compare to other cities in what makes hotels work for locals.
The Must-Have: A local-celeb-chef-driven restaurant
Does Philly? TBD. Vernick Fish has the name recognition, but the jury’s still out on whether the chef’s fancy new Four Seasons joint can inspire the fervor that surrounds his original spot.
The Must-Have: Hotel lobby as co-working place
Who’s Got It: NYC. The city’s creative class posts up on the ground floor of the Ace Hotel for biz meetings and long laptop sessions. There are even WeWork-style communal desks with power outlets.
The Must-Have: An actually cool gift shop
Who’s Got It: Miami Beach. The Edition lobby shop is like a mini art gallery. On display: fragrances from Le Labo and Comme des Garçons, Mykita sunglasses and bags by Phillip Lim.
Does Philly? Yes. The Egan shops at the Rittenhouse Hotel stock home goods from John Derian and Tracie Hervy and fine jewelry by Kimberlin Brown and Anna Sheffield.
The Must-Have: Millennial-driven marketing stunts
Who’s Got It: NYC. The rooftop bar menu at the Moxy Times Square includes a $99 “crash pad” you can book night-of if you’re too sloshed to get home.
Does Philly? Yes. There’s no way you haven’t spotted the Moët & Chandon champagne vending machine in the Ritz-Carlton lobby on Instagram yet.
The Must-Have: A destination rooftop bar
Who’s Got It: Chicago. Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is packed with tourists and locals taking in the views of Lake Michigan every day of the week.
Published as “Philly’s Got Hotels. But What About a Hotel Scene?” in the October 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.