Hilton Inn at Penn Introduces Hi-Tech, Sustainable Guest Rooms in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Hilton Inn at Penn hotel has commenced a four-month, multi-million dollar renovation of its 238 guest rooms and suites, each of which will be modernized with contemporary and sustainable features, it announced this month.

Located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia's University City District, the hotel has hired interior design firm RD Jones & Associates to complete the renovation, which is scheduled for completion in March 2011.

"RD Jones & Associates designed a luxurious, inviting and functional space that truly complements the University of Pennsylvania lifestyle," said General Manager Greg Stafford. "You'll still find elements of the early Arts & Crafts/Mission design style in our new guest rooms and suites, but with a contemporary twist that combines sustainability with modern-day technology."

Combining traditional with contemporary, the hotel's new guest rooms will feature new desks, ergonomic chairs, chaise lounges and artwork, as well as newly designed bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers, Euro-style shower systems and backlit electric mirrors.

New technology in each guest room will include media hubs that connect electronic devices to LCD televisions and Apple iPads that guests can use to access hotel services.

Finally, sustainable features include fabrics, wall coverings and tile that are made from recycled materials; blackout shades and fluorescent lighting that support energy efficiency; WaterSense high-efficiency showerheads; and a guest room lighting and temperature control system.