Inspired by the architecture of Philadelphia and the skills of local craftspeople, Study Hotels opened its second property, The Study at University City, in the heart of University City. The hotel is located at the crossroads of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia.
Developed and owned by New York-based developer Hospitality 3, the 145,000-square-foot, 10-story hotel will have 212 guestrooms and will serve as an oasis for visiting guests, dignitaries and college families. Philadelphia based DIGSAU Architects served as architects for the project. Both public spaces and guestrooms are designed around a bright palette, reflective of contemporary residential living. The Study living room has a café, seating and areas for connection. An active art gallery will showcase local artists and student’s work on a rotating basis. Sebastian Gressier will serve as GM for the property.
“We’re thrilled to bring our concept to Philadelphia, and especially excited about this dynamic location. Offering our guests an environment that promotes intellectual stimulation, rest and reflection is the hallmark of our concept,” Paul McGowan, founder and president of Study Hotels, said in a statement. “Being situated between two thriving and prestigious universities is an ideal opportunity for us to play a meaningful long-term role in the community.”
The Study at University City will showcase the work of several talented local artisans and craftspeople. The hotel was conceived around many local precedents to ensure its relevance to Philadelphia as a unique destination.
The Co-Op restaurant and lounge will offer urban dining with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. Led by Philadelphia resident chef Craig Russell, the menu is inspired by the maritime and agricultural community lifestyles of the past. The restaurant will have a connection to the neighborhood, with indoor and outdoor dining.
The hotel will have over 7,000-square-feet of event and light-filled social catering space including a banquet salon and a suite of oversized conference studios. The studios are designed for talks, social gatherings, strategic planning sessions, recruiting and general business meetings. Event terraces allow guests to experience University City with impressive campus and city views. All spaces will be fully equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology. The hotel also has a fitness center, with studio class programs available on a schedule.