Source, Philadelphia Business Journal, Laura Smythe
The DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge started an $18.5 million renovation project this week that will overhaul its lobby and public space while adding three new conference rooms and an executive boardroom to the hotel.
The additions include a lobby lounge, outdoor patio and bar, mother’s nursing room, self-service guest laundry facility and a fitness center expansion. The project will also revamp the hotel’s 25,000 square feet of event space with updated technology, including an improved sound system and large TVs replacing drop-down screens in some meeting rooms.
Improvements to the 327 guestrooms include contemporary décor, new bedding, carpet, wall vinyl, artwork, 55-inch televisions, more outlets and USB ports, renovated bathrooms and refrigerators.
The renovations are anticipated to be completed in June.
The hotel is owned by Westlake Village, Calif.-based real estate investment firm Whitman Peterson. Concord Hospitality Enterprises manages the hotel.
The renovations are intended to make the Doubletree a “leading hotel” in the King of Prussia and Philadelphia area, said Jenn Shipman, the property’s director of sales and marketing.
The overhaul comes on the heels of a record tourism year in Montgomery County. Tourism spending in Montco reached $1.65 billion in 2018, according to the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, a 5% increase over the previous year.
The travel and hospitality industries support more than 4% of all jobs in the county, employing more than 20,000 people.