Rivers Casino Philadelphia to build boutique luxury hotel

Rivers Casino Philadelphia has announced plans to open a 62-suite luxury hotel within the new Battery mixed-use lifestyle complex underway in Fishtown, USA.

This new casino hotel named Riversuites will be set on the waterfront with views of Ben Franklin Bridge. The property is expected to open by the end of 2023.

A vibrant setting

Formerly the Delaware Power Station, The Battery is a US$154 million redevelopment initiative currently underway by Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds. The original site is built in Beaux-Arts classical revival style by famed Philly architect, John Windrim. 

Occupying four floors of this adaptive reuse complex, the upscale Riversuites hotel will sit right on the waterfront with unobstructed views of the Delaware River extending beyond the Pennsylvania and New Jersey shorelines. 

This complex is a part of the vibrant Fishtown neighbourhood featuring restaurants, coffee shops, craft brewhouses, distilleries, retail stores and galleries along its walkable streets.

Leonard Klehr, vice chairman of Lubert-Adler said: “We saw in the old PECO power plant an opportunity to create a spectacular experience on Philadelphia’s waterfront that could be a home for both a residential community as well as an eclectic mix of commercial enterprises that will draw people to an area of the city that has until now been underused.

“It is very exciting to see our vision for this project come to fruition, with our first residents moving in and Rivers Casino announcing its plans for a beautiful new hotel overlooking the river, and we are thrilled to welcome them to The Battery.”

Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rivers Casino and Rush Street Gaming, commented: “A hotel addition for Rivers Casino Philadelphia has always been part of the master plan for our Fishtown property. The location and grandeur of The Battery allowed us to join a neighbouring parcel, already in progress, with historic Philly significance.”

A new lifestyle destination

On opening, the new hotel will welcome guests into its 62 suites, averaging 854 sq ft and going up to 2,266 sq ft in size, with one-, two- and three-bedroom options, a full kitchen in each one and several with bi-level lofts or patios.

Traditional and unconventional amenities at the hotel will include co-working areas, lobby gathering spaces, a billiards table and an indoor basketball court.

Riversuites is being designed by Koo Architecture of Chicago, with Strada of Philadelphia leading the architectural design of The Battery, and the hotel will be operated by Rivers Casino Philadelphia, which is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. The hotel development represents a US$7 million privately funded investment.

The 22-acre waterfront site of the casino already connects with The Battery via the Delaware Riverwalk, placing them just an eight-minute walk apart. The casino will offer a complimentary 24/7 shuttle with 24/7 security as well as 24/7 valet parking.

Eric Althaus, general manager of the casino said: “VIPs and out-of-town guests have long inquired about overnight stays at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, and they’re about to get a penthouse-style option. We’re thrilled to introduce this entirely unexpected luxury suites collection – that’s exclusive to Rivers Philly.”