The Pod Hotels has opened the Pod Philly, Philadelphia’s first-micro hotel. Developed by Modus Hotels and Parkway Corporation, the 252-room property takes the title of the sixth Pod Hotel in the country, including Pod 39, Pod 51, Pod Brooklyn, Pod Times Square, and Pod D.C.
Interiors were designed by the New York firm Stonehill Taylor with careful consideration for functionality to maximize space in the guestrooms which average 180 sq. ft. Guestroom design is chic and modern with nods to the city’s industrial past through chosen finishes and details. Local artists’ influences appear throughout the property from the first-floor artwork to the guestroom corridors. Guestroom ceilings make use of the building’s precast concrete floor slabs and metal joints. 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.
The property 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. The outlets include: Condesa, a contemporary 140-seat eatery, named after the neighborhood in Mexico City; El Café, an all-day offering; and El Techo, an 11th-floor taqueria.
Pod Hotels has also announced its first West Coast property with Pod LA slated for 2021. The brand plans to expand to more key markets, including Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico City, among others.