Starting this October, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a big set of renovations helmed by architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors. The hotel will remain open throughout the project, which is slated for completion in spring 2016.
The move follows the recent closure of the Four Seasons Philadelphia. That hotel has ceased operations to make way for a soon-to-be-announced hotel brand. Four Seasons will still maintain a presence in the city, however, when the Four Seasons at Comcast opens in the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center (set to be the city's tallest skyscraper at 59 stories) in 2018.
The renovations at The Ritz will include all new guestrooms and meeting spaces, a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, plus a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The design of the enhancements is meant to focus on the "scenography" of the building, according to an announcement by the Ritz-Carlton, building on the history of the 1908 building with a palette of neutral colors with pops of metal and bronze.
The new guestrooms will continue the neutral color scheme, with spaces for work and relaxation in greens and blues with bronze and nickel accents. The new meeting spaces will also have nods to the historical motifs of the hotel, which was originally build as a reproduction of the Pantheon in Rome.
The lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar updates will come toward the end of the renovation cycle -- more details on those are still to come.