Monaco Hotel Breaks Ground In Old City – A Rooftop Bar With Unobstucted Views

Philadelphia was abuzz when it was announced that Kimpton’s had acquired Philadelphia’s historic Lafayette Building on Independence Mall with plans to convert the 11-story office building into a 271-room, four-star Hotel Monaco. Built in 1906, the Lafayette Building is located directly across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and once housed a favorite lunchtime eatery called Benny’s. This will be Kimpton’s 2nd property in the City where they’ve taken a empty office building and converted it into a hotel. The first property is the Hotel Palomar located at 17th and Samson Streets. The guests visiting the site were given a choice of wearing a Phillies hardhat or an Eagles hardhat. Above: James Cuorato – President & CEO – Independence Visitors Center, Michael Rosenzweig – President & CEO – National Museum of American Jewish History, Amy Needle – President & CEO – Historic Philadelphia

Last week VIPs, hospitality peeps and the media were invited out to the site for the “Official Ground Breaking” to kick off the start of the progression towards completion. When Mayor Michael Nutter rolled in he was given a choice between the two hardhats. He told the guys I can not choose, I love both teams. He opted to wear the Intech construction company hardhat.
Amy Needle and Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, greet the mayor.Brett Coppol and Kristina Jenkins from Where Magazine see a lot of potential in the future.
Nick Gregory, General Manager Hotel Palomar Philadelphia – Director of
Operations at Kimpton Hotels, greets the guests in what will be the lobby of the Monaco Hotel.
A few of the guests that gathered to hear about Monaco Hotel, the first hotel built in Old City since the 2000 Hyatt at Penns Landing.
The hotel is anticipated to open in the summer of 2012, with 268 guest rooms, and will feature 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a 3,200 square foot ballroom overlooking Independence Mall, a restaurant, and a rooftop bar overlooking the most historic block in the country.
The honorable Mayor Nutter and Kimpton’s President and COO, Niki Leondakis do the honors at the ground breaking of the new Monaco Hotel in Old City. I can’t wait for the rooftop bar with the unobstructed views of Independence Hall and the City skyline. “check in regularly with Monaco Hotel Philadelphia on Facebook for contests, prizes and more in our Spot The Monacans” (ie mannequins) Spot the Monacans around town and you can be eligible to win a variety of prizes.

Here’s a link to the Facebook Page to find hints about where the Monacans can be spotted in the future, around center City:
And the QR Code