Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel

Philadelphia, PA

Scope: Guestrooms, Suites, Corridors, Lobby and Restaurant
Costs: $28 Million

Project Team:
Owner: Hospitality Properties Trust
Designer: Sims Patrick Studio
Architect: BLT Architects
Procurement: Benjamin West
General Contractor: Intech Construction


©Jeffrey Totaro
©Thomas Watkins

  • Interior of Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel renovated guestroom

  • Interior Presidential suite Sonesta Philadelphia hotel

  • Renovated bar and lounge at Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

  • Exterior of Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia post renovation and rebrand Market St entrance Philadelphia

A Complete Rebranding

The renovation and rebranding of the Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel was a top-down and inside-and-out overhaul of a 45-year-old building, originally a Holiday Inn and most recently a Crowne Plaza. The hotel renovation included the reconfiguration of each of the 442 guest bathrooms; the conversion of  34 regular guestrooms into suites; and the creation of an ultra-chic Presidential Suite. The meeting spaces, ballrooms, corridors, outdoor pool, elevator cabs and exterior facades all received fresh makeovers. Perhaps the most impressive upgrade though, is the new ground floor, which is anything but a typical hotel lobby. Accessible from both Market and 18th Streets, the space features a gallery for rotating artwork featuring local artists; a new reception area accented by a 40-foot long contemporary chandelier; and a full-service cafe and cocktail lounge, ArtBar.