Recent Hotel Trends & DataThe following table details Philadelphia’s historical and year-to-date occupancy, average rate, and RevPAR. This set of data includes both independent and branded properties across all chain scales.
Philadelphia Hotel Metrics Source: STR
The Philadelphia lodging market continues to recover from the peak period of COVID-19, with strong performance in 2022. Philadelphia’s 2022 average rate level demonstrates that ADR has fully recovered, exceeding 2019 levels. However, the 2022 occupancy and RevPAR levels remain below the 2019 pre-pandemic levels, illustrating that a recovery is still underway.
The primary factor limiting Philadelphia hotels’ full recovery is the stagnant commercial and group demand segments, resulting from a significant number of office vacancies across the city. According to Kastle’s Back to Work Barometer, the Philadelphia metropolitan area had an office occupancy percentage of 32.2% as of July 5, 2023, which was the second lowest among the United States’ top-ten metropolitan areas. Officials in the city believe that office occupancy will increase after the summer months, as companies across the city begin to provide lunch and even time-off incentives for workers to return to the office full-time.
Demand Factors for 2022 and BeyondIn the past year, leisure and tourism demand increased across the city, as Philadelphia’s airport lifted all COVID-19-related restrictions in early 2022. This boosted visitation at Philadelphia colleges such as St. Joseph’s University and historical venues like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau also reported an increase in event and convention activity across the city. Reportedly, 224 events were held in 2022, with approximately 513,400 hotel room nights generated from those events. Event levels in 2022 remained below those of 2019 when over 300 events generated 1.1 million hotel room nights. But Philadelphia’s convention and event outlook remains positive. Notably, 223 events had been booked for future years as of year-end 2022.
Additionally, Philadelphia’s sports teams contributed to the lodging market’s growth in 2022. That year, the Philadelphia Eagles went to Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Phillies team took its eighth trip to the MLB World Series, and the Philadelphia Union made its first-ever MLS Cup appearance.
The city’s occupancy is forecast to continue its positive trend after strong year-to-date 2023 performance, especially considering the city’s future events and developments.
New Hotel Supply and City DevelopmentsSeveral new hotels opened in Philadelphia in 2021, including the 208-room Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia and the 751-room dual-branded Element by Westin and W Hotel in Center City.
The number of proposed hotel projects in the city has slowed significantly since late 2021, considering Philadelphia’s ongoing recovery and the ever-increasing interest rates across the country. More recent hotel openings across Philadelphia include the Sonder Onyx in February 2023 (an apartment-style hotel in Philadelphia’s Museum Mile) and the 127-room Hotel West & Main in October 2022, which is part of the greater Philadelphia-Conshohocken region.
Other hotels in the city recently underwent large-scale renovations at the end of 2022 and in early 2023. Philadelphia’s historic Independence Park Hotel was redesigned, and the 1,408-room Philadelphia Marriott in Center City received significant technology, public space, and guestroom upgrades.
In addition to recent hotel openings and renovations, the city’s civic design and review committee reviewed roughly 90 proposed residential and commercial developments in 2022. Some of these developments were completed within the past several months, such as the Laurel Condominium at Rittenhouse Square and the Morgan Lewis law firm headquarters in Center City West.
Development projects down the pipeline include the ongoing $6-billion project at the Navy Yard, which includes residential buildings, commercial centers, and a proposed hotel. The most talked-about development currently being reviewed is the proposed $1.3-billion 76 Place Arena in Center City, the prospective new home of the Philadelphia 76ers. While the overall economic impact of the arena has yet to be determined, this type of major attraction would have a positive impact on hotel demand in Center City.
Looking ForwardPhiladelphia’s outlook is positive considering future economic growth in the region. Furthermore, the most recent 2023 year-to-date trends illustrate continued improvement for Philadelphia’s hotels, with occupancy increasing by 3.0% and average rate growing by 7.0% over the 2022 year-to-date data. The most recent Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau statistics illustrate further improvement in event activity, as 207 events have already been held in the city. Philadelphia is also preparing to host large events such as the WWE’s WrestleMania 40 in 2024 and the international spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup in 2026. The occupancy growth driven by the preparation for these events and the continued developments across the city will continue to support Philadelphia’s recovery.
HVS is well informed of the developments and latest trends within Philadelphia’s lodging market. For more information, please contact Scott Killheffer or Michael Lambdin of our Philadelphia office.
 Tom MacDonald, WHYY, "Center City seeing more foot traffic, but business district still working to draw back employees to the office." May 13, 2023. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
 PHLCVB, "Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau & Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Annual Report." April 27, 2023. Retrieved July 5, 2023.