Renovation and Rebranding Create a Chic Philadelphia Destination
The rebranding of the Philadelphia Sonesta Hotel was a top-down overhaul of a 50-year-old building, originally a Holiday Inn and, until 2012, a Crowne Plaza. Becker & Frondorf served as Owner’s Representative for Hospitality Properties Trust, overseeing extensive renovations that included reconfiguring 442 guestrooms and bathrooms, upgrading 34 guestrooms into suites, and creating an ultra-chic Presidential Suite. New Philadelphia-themed art, colorful finishes, and contemporary furnishings create a modern, urban vibe.
The hotel’s meeting spaces, ballrooms, corridors, outdoor pool, elevator cabs and exterior facades all received makeovers, with the most impressive upgrades transforming the ground floor into anything but a typical hotel lobby. Accessible from both Market and 18th Streets, the exciting new space includes a gallery featuring rotating artwork by local artists, a reception area accented by a 40-foot-high chandelier, and a full-service café and cocktail lounge, the ‘Art Bar.’
Our Project Managers used innovative strategies to successfully deliver the hotel rooms on-time and on-budget. We negotiated a turn-key, highly efficient approach to FF&E that utilized a single subcontractor to warehouse, deliver, and install the hotel’s furnishings and equipment, streamlining the process in a way that reduced costs and helped to protect the project schedule. This method was so successful it was later employed for similar large-scale hospitality projects.