Campion Platt gives Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown historical influences, playful elements

Campion Platt designs Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel with historical influences and playful elements.
Playful elements include portraits of Benjamin Franklin's five mistresses, as well as pop art inspired images of Philadelphians in the guestrooms. Photo credit: Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott International, and The Buccini/Pollin Group opened Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel following a significant renovation project.

Located in Old City Philadelphia, the 152-room hotel was designed by Campion Platt to pay homage to the cultural history of the city, and then adding playful elements. These include portraits of Benjamin Franklin's five mistresses, created with pixelated $100 bills tucked away in Chez Ben restaurant, as well as pop art-inspired images of Philadelphians in the guestrooms.

Upon arrival, guests are guided through The Alley, inspired by the city's Elfreth's Alley, which was once home to the 18th-century artisans and tradespeople. The design of The Alley is anchored by a ceremonial staircase clad in blackened steel and backlit with luminous panels. There is also a 100-foot long graffiti wall by local artist Dan Murphy.

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The property has numerous dining venues. Chez Ben Restaurant has a stone-clad bar, an industrial-style wine cave and a café counter. Meanwhile, M. Brown's is a retro-contemporary cocktail bar with a painting commissioned by Philadelphia-born artist Marc Lafia hanging above the fireplace.

Other amenities include: a 24-hour fitness facility, indoor pool and sauna, and four meeting rooms, amounting to 4,354 square feet of meeting and social space.

A.J. Williams is the GM of Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.