Friday, May 15, 2009

Urban Dispatch: It's Time For A Philadelphia Hotel To Make Proper Use Of Its Rooftop Pool Already

rooftop pool at the soho house in new york
The Rooftop Pool and Restaurant at the Soho House in New York | Photo via

Three simple steps:

1. Renovate.

2. Add a bar/lounge/foodservice.

3. Enjoy the results.

Examples:

rooftop pool at hotel solamar san diego
The Rooftop Pool and Lounge at the Hotel Solamar in San Diego | Photo via NY Times


empire hotel rooftop pool
The Rooftop Pool and Lounge at the Empire Hotel in NYC | Photo via


rooftop pool at london west hollywood hotel
The Rooftop Pool and Lounge at the London West Hollywood Hotel in LA | Photo via


hotel joule in dallas
The Rooftop Pool and Bar at the Hotel Joule in Dallas | Photo via NY Times


soho house rooftob pool and bar in new york city
Another view of the Rooftop Pool and Restaurant at the Soho House in New York | Photo via


hotel gansevoort rooftop pool manhattan
The Rooftop Pool at the Hotel Gansevoort in New York | Photo via

Granted, a few of these are in warmer weather climates. But New York City has plenty that are only open seasonally, including Soho House and Empire, while others like the Gansevoort are open all year.

So there is zero reason why a Philadelphia hotel could not turn its rooftop pool into a legitimately cool day/nightspot.

Candidates here include:

1. Hotel Windsor (17th and the Parkway)

hotel windsor rooftop pool philadelphiaPotential: 10/10

Likelihood: Zero


2. Crowne Plaza (18th and Market)

crowne plaza philadelphia rooftop poolPotential: 9/10

Likelihood: Zero


3. Holiday Inn Express Midtown (13th and Walnut)

holiday inn express midtown philadelphia rooftop poolPotential: 9/10

Likelihood: Zero


4. Holiday Inn Historic District (4th and Arch)

holiday inn philadelphia rooftop poolPotential: 9/10

Likelihood: Zero


5. Doubletree Philadelphia (Broad and Locust)

doubletree philadelphia poolPotential: 8/10

Likelihood: Zero


All the likelihoods are zero because there are not any current hoteliers in the city that give a shit about going after a hip demographic. At least not in a way that would require an investment of a few million dollars. Especially hotels that are corporate properties.

Which is definitely a shame.

We were holding out hope that Kimpton was going to make it rain at their forthcoming Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, complete with some type of rooftop bar and lounge. (Not unlike what they did in San Diego.)

Unfortunately, that appears unlikely for now.

The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia will have a penthouse ballroom with sweeping city views, but that will be used for private affairs.

Bummer.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a grandmother at Kennedy House, so I join their pool every summer. It is nice, but pretty much old ladies and one or two gay guys.

Isn't the building with Parc supposed to have an outdoor pool? Maybe Starr could do something with that.

Anonymous said...

Even Charleston, SC had more hip roof top decks than Philly... Sad....