W Philadelphia Hotel

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Hotel – Luxury
  • Company/Firm
    NELSON Worldwide
  • Lead Designer
    Cheryl Smith (NELSON Worldwide)
  • Other Designer(s)
    Sharilyn Olson (designstudio)
  • Architect
    NELSON Worldwide
  • Interior Designer
  • Photo Credit
    Eric Langel
  • Location
    1439 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Project Date

Considered the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia has long been a place where fortune favors the bold. Our country’s architects dared to be different and now, the design of W Philadelphia embodies that same drive, grit and irreverence that sparked a revolution. With the iconic “W” sign glowing atop the 51-story skyscraper, W Philadelphia reshapes the city skyline as it also liberates traditional definitions of luxury. Inspired by the city’s street art, music legacy and historical architecture - including its famed city grid (the first in the country) - decor and design elements contextualize local culture and history for today’s global traveler.

The project is part of the 51-story dual-branded hotel complex in Philadelphia, comprised of the 295 room W Hotel and the 460 room Element by Westin hotel. W Philadelphia opened in August 2021 and populates the majority of the lower podium levels and the top 18 floors of the tower. The hotel features a ground floor lobby, three floors of meeting space, a rooftop pool and bar, spa, fitness facility and 295 guestrooms and suites.

The project design takes its cues from the City’s social, historical, and cultural influences.