Visitors at Rivers Casino Philadelphia now have a place to stay. The Philly casino announced plans to open a 62-suite boutique luxury hotel on Tuesday.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia is going for a high-end experience for visitors staying overnight. The casino announced it could accept room reservations beginning this fall. Rivers included many additional details in the release.
Rush Street Gaming, which owns Rivers’ properties in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, will now have hotels at both of its PA casinos.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia plans to debut luxury hotel
The rooms average 854 square feet each, with even larger options available up to 2,266 square feet. One, two and three-bedroom accommodations are available, which also come with a full kitchen and patio. Hotel visitors will also have an unobstructed view of the Delaware River, with the New Jersey shorelines and Ben Franklin Bridge also in sight.
Adding a hotel had always been the plan, according to Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rivers Casino and Rush Street Gaming.
“A hotel addition for Rivers Casino Philadelphia has always been part of the master plan for our Fishtown property. The location and grandeur of The Battery allowed us to join a neighboring parcel, already in progress, with historic Philly significance.”
The casino will also have other amenities, such as co-working areas, lobby gathering spaces, a billiards table and an indoor basketball court.
While plans for the casino are to start accepting reservations in the fall, the hotel is intending to open “year-end 2023.”
The location of Rivers Casino Philadelphia’s new hotel
Koo Architecture of Chicago is designing the Riversuites hotel, and Strada of Philadelphia is the architect for The Battery. The hotel sits in the 11-acre Beach Street complex, where the PECO power plant used to occupy in the early 1900s.
The two buildings, however, are not connected to each other. It’s an eight-minute walk across Penn Treaty Park or a five-minute drive. For those who need a ride, Rivers Casino Philadelphia is offering complimentary 24/7 shuttle service with security present at all times. The casino is also providing valet parking.
Outside the hotel, guests will be steps away from restaurants, coffee shops, craft brewhouses, distilleries, retail stores, galleries and other recreation.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia general manager, Eric Althaus, said:
“VIPs and out-of-town guests have long inquired about overnight stays at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, and they’re about to get a penthouse-style option. We’re thrilled to introduce this entirely unexpected luxury suites collection — that’s exclusive to Rivers Philly.”
The hotel is a $7 million privately funded project. The new hotel will add more than 40 permanent hospitality jobs to the casino’s existing 1,100-plus workforce.
Other hotels to open at Pennsylvania casinos
Rivers Casino Philadelphia isn’t the only PA casino with plans to open a new hotel. Parx Casino in Bensalem recently announced plans of opening a 300-room luxury hotel. The amenities of this hotel include:
- Convention center to host conferences and weddings
- Two restaurants (one on the rooftop)
- Coffee shop
- Fitness center
Construction for Parx’s hotel is expected to begin in 2023, with completion scheduled for 2025.
Rivers’ other location in Pittsburgh opened The Landing Hotel last fall. That hotel has 219 rooms.
Rush Street Gaming will now have hotels in both retail locations in Pennsylvania. Rivers Casino Philadelphia, however, is focusing more on luxury.