Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel opened following a multimillion-dollar renovation. In the heart of Old City Philadelphia, the 152-room the hotel’s design pays homage to the cultural history of the city with a clever irreverence from playful portraits of Benjamin Franklin's five mistresses, created with pixelated $100 bills tucked away in Chez Ben restaurant, to pop-art inspired images of famous Philadelphians adorning each of the guestrooms.
Upon arrival, guests are guided through The Alley inspired by the city's famed Elfreth's Alley, which was once home to the 18th-century artisans and trades-people – the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. Employing a combination of grit and glittering finishes, the design of The Alley is anchored by a ceremonial staircase clad in blackened steel and backlit with luminous panels, which perfectly juxtaposes a 100-foot long graffiti wall by local artist Dan Murphy.
"With its artful design, vibrant and eclectic dining scene and engaging experiences, the hotel embraces the spirit of Old Town as a one-of-a-kind destination intended to be discovered in a new way," said A.J. Williams, general manager, Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. "Look no further than the railings that line the hotel's upper level, which mimic Franklin's famous spectacles or the wallpaper that invites you to decipher the Declaration of Independence, to see how we surprise travelers and locals alike."
Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel features all the brand's unique experiences, including the hotel's Navigator, who helps guests experience the neighborhood's soul by highlighting handpicked local discoveries. The hotel also offers Evenings at Renaissance where guests can experience the locale through nightly programming, often featuring emerging artists and musicians and tastings from local spirits purveyors that are hidden gems not known to all.
The hotel’s culinary experiences include Chez Ben Restaurant, a bistro with an industrial-style wine cave and a café counter; and Brown's, a retro-contemporary cocktail bar.
The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness facility, an indoor pool and sauna as well as four meeting rooms, amounting to 4,354 square feet of meeting and event space.