Le Méridien Philadelphia First Look Inside (I think) – Lobby

Accepting Reservations for Arrival on or After May 6, 2010 (Also debuting on May 6, 1706 Rittenhouse has their ribbon cutting, as well as The Launch of the 2010 Where Magazine Guest Services Book, which may very well be in each of the rooms at the Le Méridien Philadelphia)

Originally a YMCA, the hotel is housed in a 10-story Georgian revival-style structure with intriguing historical flair, located in the heart of the city’s business district and less than one block from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Incorporating the Philadelphia theme there are two small meeting rooms called The Barnes and The Rodin (named after the museums), and a reading library called the Abele (named after African American architect Julian Abele (pronounced “able”) who played a key role in the design of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. )

The view from the Abele Library
and the Trumbauer Ballroom provides a stately yet original setting for any gathering, featuring views of Philadelphia’s renowned City Hall. (Horace Trumbauer was a prominent American architect of the Gilded Age, known for designing among other things in Philly, The Art Museum, The Ritz-Carlton and Keswick theater.)
Because of it’s proximity to Love Park, many of the themes for the new boutique hotel were influenced by LOVE
Including this LOVE mirror in the new restaurant AMUSE.
I love the tall ceilings in the lobby, but they’re not overwhelming as the light fixtures bring just the right balance to the space. Plus they’re a hip, stylish 60s flair.
Striking features and architectural detail awaken the eye: a skylight allows for the play of natural light to our 75-foot central atrium courtyard, while an airy restaurant/bar with graceful archways and classic woodwork brings endless possibility.
Another view of the lobby, and part of the concierge desk

They are hiring. Look for the ribbon cutting on May 6, 2010.
(I was just staring in the window yesterday and someone was nice enough to invite me in)