Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A First Look At Le Méridien Philadelphia Hotel - Opening September 3, 2009

Le Méridien Philadelphia bar
The Lobby Level Bar at Le Méridien Philadelphia, located at Broad & Arch Streets

Last week, it was the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia by Kimpton.

This week, it's Starwood's Le Méridien Philadelphia.

Vitals:

- 202 rooms on five floors
- a 90-seat restaurant
- a 40-seat bar and lounge at the lobby level
- a grand ballroom with dramatic views of City Hall
- a central atrium courtyard on the fifth floor with a 75-foot ceiling and skylight
- opening September 3, 2009
- 1421 Arch Street
- adaptive reuse project of original 1912, Horace Trumbauer-designed, Georgian revival-style building
- design architects: Blackney Hayes Architects out of Philadelphia

Le Méridien Philadelphia Bar and lounge
A theme of travel and exploration will be integrated throughout the hotel by custom carpets, sculptures, light fixtures and wall coverings.

So Le Méridien Philadelphia (September 3) will actually be opening ahead of the Hotel Palomar (mid-October).

That's important because these two properties will be going head to head after much of the same customer base.

Admittedly, Le Méridien Philadelphia looks very good. And it scores points for its adaptive reuse right off the bat.

It's main challenge, initially, will be its location, which is good but not great.

This will be an early disadvantage, considering the location of Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is great.

But Le Méridien will get a big boost when the expanded convention center opens. Unfortunately, when that will ever happen is anyone's guess. (Actually, it's currently projected to open early to mid 2011.)

Until then, Le Méridien Philadelphia will have its work cut out for it.

a room at Le Méridien Philadelphia
The interior black and white color scheme with splashes of red tones will offset the richness of the building's wood paneling

But a cool new property like this should do fine — we just didn't realize that both Le Méridien Philadelphia and the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia would be opening within two months of each other.

Which should make things fairly interesting.

Related:
Le Méridien Philadelphia [ Official Site ]

Earlier:
Introducing Center City's First Green Hotel: A First Look At Kimpton's Sure-To-Be-Awesome Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the building with the McDonalds or the building just west of there?

Anonymous said...

sweat, the former Y

Anonymous said...

The hotel plunked a big ugly advertisement in the middle of the painting on the side of the building. They could have gone beside it or above it on top of the building but chose the trashy way. Bad indicator in my opinion.