Slated for completion in Spring 2012, he Homewood Suites by Hilton University City broke ground last week on an upscale all-suite extended stay hotel at 4109 Walnut Street in Philadelphiaâ€™s University City. The hotel will be part of the Homewood Suites by HiltonÂ® brand and will cater to the needs of the many professionals, patients, families and other out-of-town visitors who require longer-term accommodations in close proximity to the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, The Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Philadelphia and other academic and medical facilities in the area.
The 110,000-square-foot hotel will include 136 suites averaging approximately 500 square feet each, featuring full kitchens, dining tables and separate work areas with phone and complimentary Internet access. Additional amenities such as a complimentary shuttle service, complimentary breakfast and guest receptions, activity and fitness facilities, indoor pool, snack shop and dining and meeting spaces are designed to provide guests with the necessary resources to ease the burden of extended stay travel.
Designed to meet LEEDÂ® certification standards, the hotel will also be an example for progressive sustainable architecture within the hospitality industry. Elements such as a green roof, high-efficiency MEP systems, on-site storm water management and low-flow fixtures are incorporated into the plans to reduce consumption, optimize performance and control costs. The hotel is also the flagship commercial project for the City of Philadelphiaâ€™s new EnergyWorks program, which provides low-interest loans to help finance sustainable building and redevelopment.