WHY IT RATES: The new boutique lifestyle hotel reimagines Philidelphia’s historic Stephen Girard Building, located in Center City’s lively East Market neighborhood, through contemporary interpretations of many of its original Beaux-Arts architectural elements, paying homage to the city’s roots while evoking a wholly modern experience. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer
Canopy by Hilton today opened Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia | Center City, the first Pennsylvania location of Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle hotel brand. The 236-room hotel, which is owned by National Real Estate Advisors, LLC on behalf of a client and their partners, and operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts, is located at the East Market development in Center City, Philadelphia.
“Canopy Philadelphia is proud to announce we have officially opened our doors in the lively East Market neighborhood of Center City,” said John Fricke, General Manager Canopy Philadelphia Center City. “While we have been anticipating this opening for quite some time, we feel now is the right time to bring our boutique lifestyle hotel experience to guests looking for a safe and welcoming place to stay in the City of Philadelphia.”
Locally Inspired Design
Developed as an adaptive reuse of Philadelphia’s historic Stephen Girard Building, BLT Architects, an integrated architecture firm, worked in collaboration with interior designer AvroKo to pay homage to the City’s historic roots while creating an authentic modern experience. The design applies many of the original Beaux-Arts architectural elements to create a contemporary interpretation featuring plasterwork, rosettes, columns and detailing.
The hotel design is brought to life by its bold energy, colors and patterns, which are inspired by Philadelphia’s vibrant history of art and culture. Specifically, the hotel nods to Philadelphia’s lineage of hip-hop culture by incorporating the early looks “Big Fashion” which is displayed by the property’s vibrant patterning on fabrics, and eye-catching pops in the material selections. Notably, the hotel’s robust art program – which is heavily inspired by Philadelphia’s modern street art – often refers back to the hip-hop genre to create the hotel’s unique modern Beaux-Arts hybrid. With an emphasis on creating a truly local experience, Canopy Philadelphia invited local artists to contribute their vision for many of the larger murals throughout the hotel.
Located in the birthplace of the modern U.S. department store, the public space at Canopy Philadelphia mirrors the experience of walking through a large department store with a focus on millwork detailing and reflecting display cases. Throughout the retreat, guests can experience a collection of Philly-centric shoppable retail such as home goods, jewelry, gifts and more. The retail experience has been specifically curated for this location by local collector and retailer, Kate Egan, owner of the local luxury lifestyle and jewelry stores, Egan Day and Egan Day Rittenhouse.
Eat. Drink. Smile.
Canopy Philadelphia has introduced enhanced health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19. Because of this, The Wayward, Canopy Philadelphia’s first-floor restaurant, will open its outdoor dining on August 3, 2020, in a limited capacity to ensure adherence to physical distancing recommendations. The restaurant will offer flavorful and approachable American dishes that borrow inspiration from French ingredients and techniques as a tribute to the building’s namesake Stephen Girard, who traveled from France to the United States to build a home in Philadelphia.
We’ve Got You Covered
Canopy Philadelphia provides a range of amenities to suit our guests. Several include:
—Approximately 3,600 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space
—Complimentary Canopy Bikes for exploring the city
—Rooms and suites with signature Canopy beds, free WiFi and Just-Right extras
—Locally curated retail, that features products from local artisans
—A 24-hour fitness center
As Canopy Philadelphia responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. To emphasize our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, Canopy Philadelphia is participating in the Hilton CleanStay Program, a new program to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in Hilton properties around the world.
In a first for the hospitality business, Hilton has collaborated with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, and consulted with Mayo Clinic to develop elevated processes and Team Member training to help Hilton guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out. Hilton CleanStay will build upon the already high standards of housekeeping and hygiene at Hilton properties worldwide, where hospital-grade cleaning products and upgraded protocols are currently in use. The initiative will create a focus on cleanliness that will be visible to guests throughout their entire stay – in their guest rooms, restaurants, fitness rooms and in other public spaces.
Canopy Philadelphia has also activated next-generation technology that will create a minimal contact stay for all guests through the Hilton Honors App. Through the application, guests can manage most aspects of their stay with Hilton’s Connected Room, a high-tech hotel room that allows guests to control and personalize their stay at Canopy Philadelphia from one device. This includes preferences for TV channels and streaming apps, as well as lighting and temperature controls. Additionally, the Hilton Honors App offers the Hilton Digital Key program, enabling Canopy Philadelphia guests to access their own hotel room, fitness center, pool and other hotel areas using their smartphone. The innovation delivers an improved, low-contact experience for Hilton guests, a smart technology investment for hotel owners and energy consumption savings that benefit society.
Located in the East Market neighborhood of Center City, Canopy Philadelphia is just steps away from Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, the Fashion District, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, City Hall and more. Conveniently situated between the city’s historic and business districts, Canopy Philadelphia offers unbeatable accessibility with a variety of shopping and dining options just outside our doorstep.
Within the vibrant East Market neighborhood itself, the hotel is steps away from a local, organic grocery store, a luxury full-service fitness club, a high-end doggie daycare, groomer and vet as well as several locally-owned restaurants, bars and much more. An extension of the hotel’s patio, East Market’s 10,000 square foot courtyard is a sunlit oasis in Center City compete with swings, café tables and chairs and string lights. Throughout the year, the space is used for pop-up community events such as beer gardens, yoga classes, art exhibits and community-based activations.
For more information, visit hilton.com/en/canopy/.
SOURCE: Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia | Center City press release.
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