Philly's "Grande Dame of Broad Street" has Closed Magnificent Twin-Domed 19th Floor for Construction of Three New Restaurants, Ballroom Space, and More

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National historic landmark hotel Park Hyatt Bellevue to begin extensive renovation on July 11. Newly-refurbished hotel guest rooms to be available throughout renovation.

Newly-Refurbished Hotel Guest Rooms to be Available throughout Renovation. Center City Philadelphia’s 100 year old national landmark hotel, The Park Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue will close its 19th floor, containing hotel restaurant, cigar & cocktail lounge, lobby area, meeting spaces and business center on July 10, to begin a massive renovation and re-conceptualization of the space.

The architecturally magnificent 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia is flanked by two 50-foot domed ceilings, topped with stained glass and surrounded by 40-foot Palladian windows that overlook the city skyline. Currently located between the domed rooms – often referred to in dining guides as "jewel-like Faberge Eggs" - is the Rose Garden Ballroom (in which NBC television filmed the last dinner on the Titanic in period costume) as well as the award-winning Library Lounge. In the early 1900’s, the top of the Rose Garden was a rooftop ice-skating rink in winter months, and was used in summertime for guests pet kennels and a rooftop garden with dinner dancing to the Lester Lanin Orchestra.

The Park Hyatt Philadelphia’s new 19th floor will feature two sophisticated new restaurants, a new nightclub/lounge, a chef’s "Viewing Island" and "Market Pantry," a Chef’s Dining Room, a Wine Room, a new guest check-in lobby and business center, and new meetings spaces to replace the existing Rose Garden Ballroom and several additional meeting and banquet areas.

Throughout the 19th floor renovation - which is anticipated to take approximately six months -breakfast service at the hotel, in addition to 24-hour in-room dining will remain available to hotel guests. World-class restaurants The Palm, bliss, Zanzibar Blue, Starbucks, and The Bellevue Gourmet Food Court are located on-site for guests’ dining.

"We take great pride in preserving the beloved historic and architectural elements of our historic landmark building as we embrace this unprecedented opportunity to create three fresh new dining and cocktail establishments at our property, in addition to spectacular new meeting and ballroom space, as well as features including convenient, uniquely sophisticated state-of-the-art guest registration and business service areas on our 19th floor" said Bernard Guet, General Manager, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue.

"The financial investment planned for the 19th floor renovation and opening of the new restaurants and cocktail lounge is roughly equivalent to the price that was paid to purchase the entire Bellevue building a few decades ago," Guet continues. "Our long, intense search for local Philadelphia architectural and interior design firms who will best comprehend and represent our intentions to maintain the architecturally spectacular elements of the 19th floor while bringing our new restaurant and hospitality concepts to fruition has developed into a strong collaborative relationship with interior design firm Marguerite Rodgers, Ltd., and architect Robert Torres of StudioTorres.

"The newly developed menus in our new restaurants will be a departure from the cuisine at Founders," Guet explains. "Utilizing seasonally-fresh, regionally produced goods from the farmers and artisans with whom we are developing a close bond and extensive communications, we are in the process of refining our unparalleled culinary team and our selections of the highest quality ingredients which will complement our farm-fresh presentations as simple - yet spectacular culinary representation of the primary element for each dish. We are in the process of establishing focus groups to aid our chef and culinary team in the creation of menu items that emanate in-season freshness, nature’s bounty, the beauty of the ingredients, and the farms, fisheries, and people behind the culinary delights – whether it is artisan cheese from Lancaster County, Maryland Blue Crabs from the Eastern Shore, Italian Water Ice produced in South Philadelphia, or any number of delicious selections that evoke passion for food from our guests. Our chef and his staff are will create menus that complement the essence of freshly prepared foods in their finest form."

The newly conceptualized 19th floor restaurants, expanded cocktail lounge, business areas, hotel lobby and meeting space designs are heavily influenced by the evolution of couture fashion through the 20th and 21st century. Expansive use of glass, water, amber, natural marble, slate and granite, colors of the earth and sea are prevalently combined with design elements that draw one's mind to the fashion photos of Avedon, Horst and Helmut Newton - all set in a relaxing, inviting, and renewed and rejuvenated new depiction of the magnificent architectural landmark building. Ambience will be heightened through the development of custom furniture, light, sound and visual display and the use of custom fabrics, ceilings, draperies and rugs.

Similar to the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel, the Park Hyatt Philadelphia has 172 guest rooms, which are located above eleven stories of office, retail and dining atop the mixed-use historic landmark 19-floor building, formerly The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.

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