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The Best of all Possible Worlds

By Shelley Levitt

With affordable guest rooms, polished decor, practical amenities, and premium meeting space attached to the hotel, the Element Philadelphia makes for the perfect event site. The largest property by the Element by Westin brand is adjacent to W Philadelphia and shares its meeting space, and also features large studio-like guest rooms with kitchens, access to laundry facilities, and a hot-and-cold complimentary breakfast that rivals those found in the club rooms of four-star hotels.

The Strategy Boardroom at Element Philadelphia

Element Philadelphia

The 295-room W and 460-room Element both opened in spring 2021, bringing 755 much-needed guest rooms to Center City, with the Pennsylvania Convention Center just five blocks away. Jessie Tettemer, director of marketing for the two hotels, says each appeals to a different business guest. “Element is perfect for guests who want to maintain their healthy habits while they are away,” she says. “We have a spacious, well-equipped 24/7 gym that’s flooded with light and offers terrific city views, a borrow-a-bike program, breakfast with gluten-free options, a build-your-own yogurt parfait bar, as well as eggs and sausage, and a complimentary wine, beer, and cheese ‘Restore’ break between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in our lobby. And the in-room kitchen, which includes filtered water, is a great plus if you are traveling with your family.” Production and performance companies often chose Element for their cast and crew, Tettemer notes.

As a high-end property, W Philadelphia appeals to business travelers with a larger budget. But whether groups are staying at the W or Element, or splitting between both hotels, they share the same well-appointed, luxurious meeting space, floor-to-ceiling windows, eco-friendly linenless tables, and on-site audiovisual production throughout.

The 45,000 square feet of event space across three floors provides 27 meeting rooms and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom (capacity of 500). Nooks and crannies, with moveable soft seating abound, offering attendees a chance to step out of a meeting room to take a call or break for an intimate confab with a few colleagues. Next door to the W and accessible through the hotel lobby, Dolce Italian is another place to gather; private and semiprivate dining rooms accommodate

12 to 30 guests while the main dining room—available for buyout—seats 100.

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