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Motto by Hilton Opens in Philadelphia’s Thriving Center City Neighborhood

New lifestyle hotel provides exceptional culinary offerings, prime access to popular attractions and an elevated sleep experience at a value price

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., and MCLEAN, Va. - Today, Hilton (NYSE: HLT), in partnership with Cafritz Interests, Parkway Corporation and Modus Hotels, announced the opening of Motto By Hilton Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, a 252-room hotel located in the heart of Center City Philly. This urban, lifestyle hotel caters to guests seeking modern, city-center lodging that embraces local culture. 

Motto Philadelphia, part of Hilton’s lifestyle portfolio, is conveniently located near major transit hubs, within walking distance of scenic Rittenhouse Square Park and near popular attractions such as Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s the second-ever Motto to open, following the launch of a Washington, D.C. location, also in partnership with Modus Hotels, in the summer of 2020. 

“We’re thrilled about Motto’s expansion into the wonderfully diverse and vibrant city of Philadelphia,” said Tripp McLaughlin, global head of Motto by Hilton. “This new hotel exemplifies what we envision for the Motto brand as it expands — an ideal urban location, modern design, thoughtfully curated food and drink options, and a welcoming atmosphere.”

Efficient and Flexible Guest Rooms with Smart Room Technology

Motto Philadelphia’s 234 travel-sized rooms and 18 larger studio rooms feature a chic, modern design and have everything a guest needs for an enjoyable stay and restful sleep — all within an efficient footprint. 

  • Equipped with 50” flat screens, high ceilings and loft-style windows with city views
  • Furnished with state-of-the-art smart room technology that allows guests to stream favorite shows, control the room climate, adjust lighting and more
  • Outfitted with premium, eco-friendly bath amenities and high-quality showerheads
  • Built to maximize the utilization of space, with integrated storage nooks and multi-purpose furniture 

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Motto Philadelphia features three unique 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. 

  • Occupying the ground floor, Condesa is a contemporary 140-seat eatery, named after the vibrant neighborhood in Mexico City. Condesa’s menu highlights regionally inspired dishes centered on Mexican heirloom corn tortillas, traditionally prepared with volcanic-stone ground masa and made entirely in-house each day. The bar also showcases a significant list of mezcal- and tequila-based spirits.
  • El Techo, the 11th floor taqueria, offers a more casual Mexican menu, communal tables and expansive views of the Philadelphia skyline due to the state-of-the-art, retractable glass windows and roof that allows for year-round, open-air dining.
  • El Café, with a 19th Street entrance, provides guests with an all-day food & beverage offering serving coffee from Stumptown Roasters, breakfast tacos and made-daily pastries – a perfect option for guests and neighbors. 

Motto Commons

More than just a place to eat and drink, the lobby of Motto Philadelphia is an ideal location to meet, socialize or work. Unique influences from local artists appear throughout the first floor, creating an excellent setting for an unofficial co-working space. The hotel’s on-site fitness center features Matrix Treadmills, Elliptical and a functional trainer, as well as a Peloton Bike and free weights. The hotel’s commitment to efficiency extends throughout the property with each floor featuring a Brita water station to encourage re-usable water bottles. 

Local Hospitality

Motto Philadelphia’s prime downtown location is ideal for those who want to see historical sites, browse in local shops or relax at a picturesque park. Hotel guests will be greeted and assisted by “Motto Hosts,” Team Members who are “in the know” about the city and neighborhood and will happily help provide access and curated recommendations about the local scene. Nearby attractions include: 

  • Rittenhouse Square Park, a tree-dotted area that provides a serene setting for strolling, people watching and simply relaxing
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which has an abundance of riches inside, in addition to providing the backdrop for the iconic “Rocky” film scene on the steps outside
  • DiBruno Bros., an acclaimed Italian food market with a vast selection of cheese, meats, breads and wine
  • Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed
  • Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s oldest public markets, serving up a wide range of shopping and dining options 

“From new dining establishments to historical sites, the lively downtown Philadelphia area has much to offer to tourists and business people alike,” said Adam Gollance, CEO of Modus Hotels. “Motto Philadelphia is in a prime location for those who want to fully experience this great city. We’re excited to welcome new guests and looking forward to being an integral part of the neighborhood.” 

As Motto by Hilton responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. For more information on Hilton’s resources, visit Hilton CleanStay and Hilton EventReady.

Motto by Hilton guests can also enjoy the benefits of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton's distinct hotel brands. Members will have access to benefits such as Digital Key, flexible payment options using Points, exclusive member discounts and free Wi-Fi.

About Cafritz Interests

Since 1975 Cafritz Interests has established a time-honored reputation as one of the most versatile and experienced real estate developers in the country. The founder and chairman, Conrad Cafritz, has over 50 years of experience in the industry himself and the Cafritz real estate dynasty goes back almost 100 years to Mr. Cafritz’s father, Morris Cafritz, who first began developing residential properties in Washington, DC in 1919. Various high-visibility projects over the years, from the repositioning of the landmark Washington Harbour complex to the modernization of the iconic 1775 Eye Street, reflect the Cafritz hallmarks of target design, quality construction, and superb market timing. 

About Modus Hotels

Modus Hotels is a Washington, D.C. lifestyle hotel group that develops and operates a portfolio of hotels and restaurants in various cities. Designed for the independent-minded traveler, each hotel offers a unique experience for those seeking an alternative to the predictability of an ordinary hotel. Located in diverse cities and neighborhoods, Modus Hotels are designed to fit today's traveler's individual taste and lifestyle. Modus’ portfolio includes Motto DC, Hotel Hive, The River Inn, One Washington Circle Hotel (all in D.C.) and The Windsor Suites Philadelphia and Motto Philly in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.modushotels.com or call 202-331-3800. Follow Modus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/modushotels, and Instagram @modushotels

About Parkway Corporation

Parkway Corporation is a real estate developer, investor, and best-in-class parking operator. Founded and headquartered in Philadelphia, Parkway Corporation has been an industry leader for over 90 years in combining operational excellence and innovative technology to deliver exceptional products and customer experiences. More information about the company is available at www.parkwaycorp.com or connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Defined Hospitality

Defined Hospitality was formed in 2017, under the culinary direction of Chef Nick Kennedy, and in partnership with co-owners Greg Root and Al Lucas who oversee operations. In August 2019, the young hospitality group was named by Philadelphia magazine as “Restaurateurs of the Year” thanks to their success with nationally acclaimed restaurants, Suraya, Pizzeria Beddia and R&D cocktail bar in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Condesa, El Café and El Techo marks their foray into Center City, Philadelphia.


About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


About Motto by Hilton

Motto by Hilton is an urban, lifestyle hotel brand designed to help guests live like a local in prime locations globally. Motto by Hilton caters to travelers looking for one-of-a-kind experiences by bringing together the best elements of a lifestyle hotel – centrally located urban locations, modern design, the best of the neighborhood food and beverage, and a local vibe. Motto by Hilton delivers a flexible and innovative hospitality experience through elements like first-of-its-kind connecting rooms for group travel, vibrant communal spaces with access to check-in, and a coffee house and bar for work and social use by guests and locals alike. Check out Motto by Hilton in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City by booking at mottobyhilton.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Motto by Hilton and its 20 additional properties under development at stories.hilton.com/motto, and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.