What You Need to Know About Philly’s First Micro Hotel “Pod Philly Hotel” Opening in Center City!
Modus Hotels and Parkway Corporation announced the opening of Pod Philly, Philadelphia’s first micro-hotel. The 252-room property is located at 31
South 19 th Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets in Philadelphia’s highly desirable Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Following the model of the successful Pod Hotels in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Washington D.C., Pod Philly features well-designed guest rooms and vibrant food and beverage spaces, where travelers are encouraged to connect with locals and visitors alike.
Centrally located in the hub of the city’s business and retail districts, Pod Philly is positioned to meet the needs of the modern business and leisure traveler alike. The streamlined and efficient Pod rooms are refreshingly affordable, offering incredible value with rates not generally expected in the city’s most upscale neighborhood. The hotel caters to a discerning traveler who seeks a modern and exciting hotel stay.
Pod Philly’s 234 guestrooms (averaging 180 square feet) and 18 larger studio rooms offer an alternative to the typical hotel experience. The guestroom design is chic, modern and efficient with nods to the city’s industrial past through select finishes and details. Unique influences from local artists appear throughout the property from the first floor artwork to the unique design of the guest room corridors.
The interiors, designed by the New York firm Stonehill Taylor, carefully consider functionality to maximize the utilization of space in the Pod Philly guestrooms. The bed was designed with fully integrated storage nooks for guests to stow luggage. Additional storage can be found within the custom-made laminate bedside bench, and the custom designed nightstand doubles as a side table. Curved hooks from Denmark greet the entry allowing for easy access to clothing and bags. Guestroom ceilings make use of the building’s pre-cast 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.
Guests will immediately note the expansive floor to ceiling windows exposing sweeping views of Philadelphia. In each of Pod Philly’s 18 larger studios and select guestrooms, window seating allows for reclined observation of the busy street life below.
Pod Philly has three food and beverage spaces, each imagined and operated by Defined Hospitality, the restaurant group behind nationally renowned Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia and R&D cocktail bar. Occupying the ground floor, Condesa is a contemporary 140-seat eatery, named after the vibrant neighborhood in Mexico City.
The on-site fitness center features Matrix Treadmills, Ellipticals, and a functional trainer as well as a Peloton Bike and free weights. Pod Philly’s commitment to efficiency extends throughout the property with each floor featuring a Brita water station to encourage re-usable water bottles. Eco-friendly bath products, paperless check-in and linen and terry exchange upon request minimize the hotel’s environmental footprint. The hotel’s neighborhood partnerships allow guests to enjoy complimentary fitness classes and co-working space.
“Modus Hotels is looking to energize the Philadelphia hospitality scene with the addition of Pod Philly,” said Aaron Katz, President and CEO of Modus Hotels. “We believe there is a place in the Philadelphia hotel market for a fun, value-driven hotel – one that places travelers in the center of the city’s happenings, inspires an outreach to local adventures and offers them a social experience that is new and fresh to Philadelphia. Pod Philly will allow travelers to do all
that without breaking the bank.”
Pod Philly is located at 31 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between Market and Chestnut Street at the corner of 19th and Ludlow). Opening rates start at $159 per night. Follow Pod Philly Hotel on Instagram at @podphilly.