An image of the famous “We the People” text from the U.S. Constitution hangs behind the check-in desk at the 364-room Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. This is just one piece of the major interior transformation the hotel completed in mid-February. Everything from the rooms to the public spaces to the meeting spaces were made over with a new design that adds a contemporary look while still keeping the essence of the hotel’s location situated in Philadelphia’s historic square mile.
“Our renovation is the perfect mix of traditional and modern,” says Angela L. Lustig, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “We have a bright, inviting contemporary look now; however, there are touches of ‘traditional’ in some of the artwork and furniture choices throughout the hotel. This perfect blend of modern and traditional provides a very inviting atmosphere that is not too over the top like some modern renovations.”
The new design features a white and navy blue palette, with new furnishings, light fixtures, carpeting, draperies and artwork throughout the property. The lobby features new, white tile flooring, while the onsite restaurant and expanded bar feature modern furnishings such as glass canister lights.
“The decorator was sure to keep Philadelphia’s personality alive in the renovation by adding stunning artwork of photos taken in Philadelphia, as well as abstract art of major attractions and leaders of Philadelphia,” says Lustig. “In addition, the selection of traditional furniture pieces with a modern flare, really provides the feel of Philadelphia.”
The meeting spaces also received a complete renovation, plus the addition of a new 50- to 70-person meeting facility. The hotel now features 9,000 sf of space for up to 550 guests.
“Our meeting spaces received new ceilings, light fixtures and air walls, in addition to the new carpet and vinyl,” says Lustig. “One of the most eye-catching parts of the renovation to our meeting spaces are the new wide moldings and mirrors mounted above the new doors to all the rooms and the addition of granite counter tops in the foyer areas for placement of coffee breaks.”
This summer, the hotel’s exterior will also undergo a renovation, which will include new brick and pavers, paint and the addition of a new outdoor seating area.