Pod Hotels opens Philadelphia’s first microhotel

Pod Hotels continues its expansion, adding Pod Philly to its portfolio as Philadelphia’s first microhotel on South 19th Street in the historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The property was developed by Modus Hotels and Parkway Corporation.

Following the model of the Pod Hotels in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Washington D.C., Pod Philly has 234 guestrooms (averaging 180 square feet) and 18 larger studio rooms with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows exposing views of Philadelphia. The interiors were designed by the New York firm Stonehill Taylor. The hotel room design gives nods to the city’s industrial past through the chosen finishes and details. Local artists' influences appear throughout the property, from the first-floor artwork to the design of guestroom corridors. Guestroom ceilings make use of the building’s precast concrete floor slabs and metal joints in the design. Cove lighting on the ceiling perimeter illuminates the sanded surface’s raw look and feel, while the gloss black painted metal echoes the color of the guestroom door. 

The property has three food and beverage spaces, each imagined and operated by Defined Hospitality: Condesa, a 140-seat eatery; El Café; and El Techo, the 11th- floor taqueria with communal tables and views of the Philadelphia skyline via retractable glass windows and roof that allows for year-round, open-air dining.

Pod Philly’s on-site fitness center has Matrix equipment, Peloton Bikes and free weights.

Pod Hotels will come to the West Coast with the Pod LA slated for 2021. The brand plans to expand to even more key markets, including Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico City. 

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