by Michael J. Shapiro | November 01, 2011

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced that a new Hilton Home2 Suites will be constructed at the corner of 12th and Arch streets, adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The property is slated to debut in the summer of 2013 and will feature 246 guest rooms and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space, while approximately 10,000 square feet on the ground floor will feature a variety of restaurants and retail outlets.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants broke ground in September on the new 268-room Hotel Monaco, scheduled to open alongside Inde­pendence Mall next summer. The project is an adaptive reuse of the landmark Lafayette Building, originally built in 1906. Features will include a signature 120-seat restaurant and approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 3,200-square-foot ballroom that will be available on the ground floor, with picture windows facing the mall.

Meeting Hotels
Larger properties in the Center City neighborhood, in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, include the 1,408-room Philadelphia Marriott Downtown; 757-room Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel; 581-room Loews Philadelphia Hotel; 498-room Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown; 445-room Crowne Plaza Philadelphia; 432-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City; 364-room Four Seasons Hotel Philadel­phia; 313-room Westin Philadelphia; 301-room Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Phila­delphia; 306-room Hotel Sofitel Phila­delphia; and 300-room Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

Occupancy tax, 8.2%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.2%

Group Venue
In the charming (and delightfully walkable) Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Center City, Butcher and Singer is a stellar example of an upscale steak house, courtesy of celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr. The dimly lit décor features dark wood and comfortable leather booths, with an overall classic-era Hollywood gestalt described by the Starr Restaurants Group as a time "when women donned full red lips, men wore a suit and tie, and post-Prohibition liquor flowed freely." For starters, try the Shrimp & Crab Louie salad, then move on to a juicy New York strip or an 8-oz filet mignon. The venue can accommodate groups of up to 36 people in a semiprivate wing or, with an exclusive buyout, parties of up to 125 seated or 250 for a reception. (215) 732-4444

CVB Services
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, (215) 636-3300