The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a complete transformation later this year.

Architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors is leading the project for the Avenue of the Arts-located hotel. Renovations include new guest rooms and meeting spaces a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The project is slated begin this month and finish in spring 2016.

The facelift will focus on the hotel’s history—it was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The design will feature neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze and will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel. Artwork and guest amenities will reflect the heart and soul of Philadelphia.

Guest rooms will be updated with brand-new spaces for work and relaxation with luxurious fabrics in a neutral color palate. Green and blue along with bronze and nickel will finish of the space.

Meeting areas will be designed with neutral colors that flow through each function room. The hotel’s history will again be reflected here with motifs from the building in the furniture details.

Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle; more details will be shared when available. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation.

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”