The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, located on the Avenue of the Arts, announced that it will undergo a renovation beginning later this year. Helmed by architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors, the updates to the hotel will include all new guestrooms and meeting spaces, a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, along with a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The multimillion-dollar project will begin in October 2015 and will be completed by spring 2016.
The hotel was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The property-wide enhancements will focus on the scenography of the building, paying tribute to its past. The new design will tell a story through neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze. Artwork and guest amenities will reflect a sense of place in the heart of Philadelphia.
New guestroom design will include spaces for work and relaxation with fabrics in a neutral color palette. Punctuations of green and blue along with notes of bronze and nickel will layer a contemporary look to the space.
Meeting spaces will be updated to reflect a transition of neutral colors through each function room, with a nod to history through historic motifs from the building in the furniture details, with an updated clean aesthetic.
Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle.
The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation, which is planned to be completed in spring 2016.
Set in the heart of the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is near the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Housed in a landmark building originally constructed in 1908 as a reproduction of the Pantheon, The Ritz-Carlton opened in 2000 and has 299 guestrooms, a spa and 26,000 square feet of meeting space. There is a 146-foot rotunda lobby with 16 columns, comprised of over 9,000 tons of Georgia marble, and an oculus allowing natural light which filters through a second oculus to the grand ballroom below.