Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Groundbreaking Held For New Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Philadelphia at Drexelbrook

The hotel will feature the new Holiday Inn H4 design solution

DREXEL HILL, PA. April 13, 2017 - Drexelbrook Associates, owners of the award-winning Drexelbrook Residential Community and Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center held a groundbreaking event to celebrate the construction of a new 100-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Located at 5400 Ferne Boulevard in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Philadelphia at Drexelbrook is scheduled to open in June 2018 and will operate as an InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) franchise, owned by Drexelbrook Associates and managed by Prestige Hospitality Group of Albany, New York.

State Representative Jamie Santora, Mayor Thomas Micozzie of Upper Darby Township, and representatives of Delaware County Council, Destination Delco, and the Delaware County Commerce Center joined Drexelbrook Associates at the celebratory event.

The new onsite Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is the latest expansion of the Drexelbrook brand, and the first of two major investments planned at the Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center. The hotel will feature the new Holiday Inn H4 design solution, representing Happiness, Hospitality, Home and Holiday Inn – four key elements reflective of the Holiday Inn’s distinctive experience. In early 2018, Drexelbrook also will embark on a major renovation program to introduce a new stylish décor and upgraded amenities at its premier special event venue.

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Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.