2018 was record year for Center City hotels

Mike DeNardo
February 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
Aloft Hotel

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There was no Papal visit or Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. But Center City hotels still set another record for occupancy.

Center City Philadelphia's hotels were just shy of 80 percent booked last year. It was the fifth consecutive year that Center City hotels set a record for occupancy. 

What fueled the demand?  

Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, says 2018 started strong, with the Eagles in two home January playoff games before winning the Super Bowl.
"The year started out great with the success of the Eagles," Grose said. "That brought in a lot of visitors from out of town, a lot of overnight visitors. But then the rest of the year it was a case of just hitting on all cylinders -- between conventions, leisure visitors.  But what's really amazing about this year is that we achieved record occupancy while adding rooms to the hotel inventory."
Grose says nationally, hotel occupancy has been strong and Philadelphia is part of that trend. Even while three hotels opened in Center City last year, adding 402 rooms, the average daily rate went up to $191, matching the 2016 mark when the Democratic National Convention was in town.