Hilton Home2 Suites Philadelphia Hotel recently marked the one-year anniversary of its opening and is proving the success of Hilton’s innovative approach to “green” hospitality. The nine-story, 248-suite hotel, located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1200 Arch Street in Center City, represents the largest Home2 Suites to open since the inception of the brand in 2011. Energy efficiency is one of the most important aspects in the property’s design and integral to Hilton’s Home2 brand concept. The building is designed to perform with energy efficiency 30 percent better than the baseline model, which exceeded requirements of the EnergyWorks Loan Fund, a program administered by Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and The Reinvestment Fund.
Home2’s design also reduces the flow of storm water into the city’s sewer system by holding and using a portion of it on site. At the top of the building, an extensive green roof absorbs rainwater and helps reduce the heat island affect. At street level, raised landscaped areas and tree pits absorb storm water directly from the canopy roof and sidewalk surface.
The hotel’s guestrooms have motion-sensing lights, television sets that turn off when not in use, chairs made from recycled Coke bottles, and tables made from recycled bowling alley lanes. The hotel also features an indoor saline pool, meeting space, and a lobby designed to emphasize community and encourage social interaction between guests.
The Home2 Suites Philadelphia Hotel was completed as part of a $60 million mixed-used project that includes 9,800 square feet of retail and restaurant space along 12th and Arch Streets. The hotel has a distinctive Philadelphia urban flair with high ceilings, natural woodwork, and quarried wall stone. The lobby includes an oversized display of a Philadelphia historical map. The property features the largest variety of room types for any Home2 Suites, including a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and connecting units.