W Philadelphia is a modern embodiment of Philly’s longstanding creative spirit. With “Ring Free” as its motto, the hotel itself is packed full of work by local artists, and The City of Brotherly has no shortage of culture-forward attractions nearby. Here are some of its highlights:
Illuminated cast resin busts by Morgan Dummitt can be spotted at W Philadelphia’s Secret Garden. The sculptures’ likenesses include Benjamin Franklin and Marie Antoinette, as a nod to Franklin visiting the dauphine at Versailles way back when.
Isaac Tin Wei Lin’s specially-commissioned works capture Philly’s graffiti culture, as does artist Shira Walinsky’s abstract, energetic and neon bright Welcome mural.
In W Philadelphia‘s 295 guest rooms and suites, custom throw pillows are found on every signature W bed. They feature a reinterpretation of the word “LOVE,” which is inspired by the world-famous (and local) Robert Indiana statue by the same term. (In true W fashion, we’ve added a playful twist to the pillow’s design by also including the word LUST).
Indiana’s sculpture can be viewed, fittingly, in Love Park, which is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Head over, browse market stalls, and take a selfie in front of the iconic artwork. If there’s a line, don’t worry—it usually goes quickly! Also worth noting in W Philadelphia’s rooms: Bespoke bedspreads with a motif dubbed “Philly toile,” which features renderings of both classic and modern Philadelphia icons. This design was created by Richard Saja, a graduate of the city’s University of the Arts.
Additionally, W Philadelphia’s Living Room bar furnishings pay homage to the pioneering George Nakashima. Nakashima is globally revered—and highly collected—for his serene wooden furniture designs. While his name is popular amongst design aficionados, it’s not super well-known that Nakashima was based in New Hope, Pennsylvania, just about an hour away from W Philadelphia. Schedule an appointment and stop by for a visit. Plus, If you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture, you can even collaborate with Nakashima’s team on wood selection and more for customized pieces. Think: The ultimately Philadelphia-area souvenir.