Marriott has announced the opening of Element by Westin Philadelphia, marking the brand’s debut in the city and also the largest Element by Westin hotel in the world yet.
Element by Westin Philadelphia is located in the city centre. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Art Museum, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and South Philadelphia Sports Complex are nearby the hotel. Philadelphia International Airport is approximately 12.5 miles (20 kilometres) from the hotel.
The hotel, developed by Conshohoken-based Chestlen Development, is the newest addition to Philadelphia’s reemerging hospitality scene. Marriott states that travellers are planning an average of 2.7 trips this year, according to a recent Visit Philadelphia report. Designed with a focus on sustainability and well-being, Element is ideal for families, groups and business travelers who want to maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road.
The sunlit Sky Lobby will offer open seating for work and relaxation, and a range of safe, socially distanced amenities for guests to utilize.
Element by Westin Philadelphia featured 414 bright and modern guest rooms and 46 suites. All the accommodations boast impressive views of Philadelphia’s historic architecture and skyline.
Element Philadelphia offers more space for guests to live their lives in rooms ranging in size from a Standard guest room, to Deluxe and Executive guest rooms, to One Bedroom Suites. The signature Westin Heavenly® beds and spa-inspired bathrooms feature rain showers designed to infuse a sense of calm.
At Element Philadelphia, guests will be energized with a food and beverage program that prioritizes fresh, healthy ingredients. A complimentary Rise breakfast starts the day and the Relax evening reception invites guests to unwind together in the Sky Lobby. Restore Gourmet pantry, featuring products from local producers, offers balanced grab-and-go meals, snacks and beverages.
In addition, guests are invited to eat well from the comfort of their own room. With kitchens stocked with everything needed to create a home-cooked meal, Element hopes to inspire guests by introducing local culinary and nutritional voices to provide easy-to-follow recipes. These digital recipes and meal ideas, which will be accessible via in-room QR codes and in pre-arrival emails, will feature fresh, local ingredients that can be picked up at iconic neighborhood markets such as Di Bruno Brothers and Reading Terminal Market.
There’s an Italian restaurant named Dolce which focuses on fresh regional Italian dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dolce brings the timeless spirit of Fellini’s 1960s Rome to Center City and is located in a shared complex with W Philadelphia.
Designed to get visitors moving, Element Philadelphia features a Bikes to Borrow program with its custom-designed Priority Bicycles in unmistakable Element green. The Bikes to Borrow program provides suggested routes to help guests experience the city’s history, art or nearby bike trails.
Element’s pet-friendly program includes a signature dog bed, treats, water bowls, eco-friendly clean-up supplies and more for travelers visiting with pets.
When choosing materials, Element Philadelphia’s design team pioneered eco-friendly, sustainable design that improves hotel air quality, minimizes pollutants and chemicals, and gives guests ample access to natural light, resulting in a cleaner, healthier environment. The hotel also integrates eco-friendly materials and practices into its design in a variety of ways, including:
- Electric vehicle charging stations
- Guestrooms featuring carpets with up to 100% recycled content
- Wall art mounted on a base made from recycled tires
- Walls featuring low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints
- Bathrooms featuring low-flow faucets and fixtures
- Silverware and glassware provided, minimizing single-use plastics and disposable waste
- Recycling is made easy with bins in every guestroom and throughout public spaces
- Filtered water is available in all guestrooms and in the public spaces through a dispenser unit
- Element Philadelphia uses only 100% recycled postconsumer wastepaper for all printing and stationery needs
Element by Westin Philadelphia also has a 24/7 Motion Fitness centre featuring latest cardiovascular equipment, free weights and strength-training machines. The hotel will soon provide access to over 45,000 square feet of purpose-built event space, fully adaptable for the changing dynamics of indoor meetings, events and celebrations. A business centre is also present at the hotel.
Edward Baten, Complex General Manager, Element Philadelphia, said:
Bringing the Element brand to Philadelphia was a strategic decision to appeal to the wellness-minded modern traveler, who is looking for self-sufficiency, more space to recharge, and amenities that align with their lifestyle. As the needs of travel, work and leisure have evolved over the last year, our offering is better suited than ever before to welcome guests with a range of work and life demands. Our flexible accommodations will open at a time when it’s needed most for leisure and business travelers alike.