The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will undergo a complete transformation later this year.

Architect and interior designer Wimberly Interiors is leading the project for the Avenue of the Arts-located hotel. Renovations include new guest rooms and meeting spaces a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. The project is slated begin this month and finish in spring 2016.

The facelift will focus on the hotel’s history—it was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The design will feature neutral colors, textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze and will bring a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel. Artwork and guest amenities will reflect the heart and soul of Philadelphia.

Guest rooms will be updated with brand-new spaces for work and relaxation with luxurious fabrics in a neutral color palate. Green and blue along with bronze and nickel will finish of the space.

Meeting areas will be designed with neutral colors that flow through each function room. The hotel’s history will again be reflected here with motifs from the building in the furniture details.

Updates to the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar will come at the end of the renovation cycle; more details will be shared when available. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation.

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Hotel business travel revenue will be down in 2022.

While the hospitality industry is beginning to rebound as the pandemic seems to wane, hotel business travel is still taking time to recover. (See also Infographic on page 38.) According to a report issued by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), leisure travel is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year. However, the 2022 report projects that hotel business travel revenue will be down 23% from 2019, which equates to a $20-billion decrease.