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New Ultra-Luxury Hotel Opens In Philadelphia with Unparalleled Offerings

AKA University City Philadelphia

AKA University City, Philadelphia’s most anticipated new ultra-luxury hotel and apartment residences, today celebrates its official grand opening. Located on the top 18 floors of Brandywine Realty Trusts’ groundbreaking FMC Tower at Cira Centre South – “Philadelphia’s first vertical neighborhood” – AKA University City boasts an exclusive collection of 268 luxury hotel and apartment residences. AKA’s signature sleek, contemporary design, robust lifestyle offerings and unparalleled resident services are elevated to new heights, introducing never-before-seen luxury accommodations to the city of Philadelphia.

Soaring 730 feet above the Philadelphia skyline, AKA University City hotel guests and apartment residents will enjoy the highest and most expansive 360-degree views of Philadelphia.  The hotel and furnished apartments feature design elements imagined and executed by internationally-renowned Italian architecture and design firm Lissoni Associati, evoking a streamlined sensibility of timeless elegance and sophistication united by the finest materials in the world.

With AKA University City, AKA has introduced, for the first time in its company’s history, a unique mix of four residential offerings within one tower:

  • Hotel Residences: fully furnished designer hotel suites with full kitchens and accessories, complete with personalized luxury services including a 24/7 resident services team for daily or weekly stays.
  • Serviced Residences: fully furnished designer residences with all accessories and utilities, complete with personalized luxury services including a 24/7 resident services team for monthly stays.
  • Designer Furnished Residences: furnished residences featuring distinct design elements in furniture and lighting, without accessories or AKA services; with options for six-, nine- or 12-month leases.
  • Apartment Residences: floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plans are ideal for residents who wish to create their own design vision with unfurnished, annual leases.

In another first for the city of Philadelphia, AKA University City boasts a 25,000 square-foot, full-floor dedicated luxury lifestyle club, Level 28, also designed by Lissoni Associati and lead designer Nicoletta Canesi. Offering one of the premiere lifestyle components to the vertical neighborhood’s integrated offerings, Level 28 encourages residents to live, work and enjoy a range of activities – from health & wellness to dining to outdoor leisure on a 5,000-sq. ft. terrace—all without ever leaving the property. For Philadelphians seeking exclusive access to unmatched amenities focused around wellness, entertainment and leisure, private monthly memberships to level 28 are available and range between $200 and $300 per month.

On Level 28, residents of AKA University City are granted exclusive, complimentary access to a mix of high-tech, high-touch offerings, including: a 72-foot stainless steel aerial “pool in the sky” with floor to ceiling windows and contemporary lounge seating; a.lounge, AKA’s signature private lounge which opens onto a.terrace, a four-season greenscaped oasis; State-of-the-art Technogym fitness center designed by Antonio Citterio with a yoga studio, private treatment room, and private locker rooms; a.cinema, a private theater with fully automated leather seating, complete surround sound, and curated film screenings; a 3-D indoor golf simulator featuring some of the world’s most renowned courses; and private dining and conference areas equipped with advanced business center services. Just steps away, guests can enjoy Cira Green – Philadelphia’s first elevated urban park providing exceptional views of Center City, University City and the Schuylkill River. Residents can practice yoga, picnic, read, study or just enjoy a quiet respite from the city below within this tranquil green space.

AKA University City also provides guests and residents exclusive in-suite access to Walnut Street Café – from the Michelin-starred team behind New York’s Rebelle and Pearl & Ash and acclaimed pastry chef Melissa Weller from Roberta’s & Per Se. The American-style, street-corner café features both casual dining and all-day offerings, to-go, indoor and outdoor seating; and a cocktail bar and fine dining area as well as a popular Jazz brunch. It is a welcome hub for residents, hotel guests, business travelers and locals alike.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, BLTa, and Asfour Guzy Architects, FMC Tower at Cira Centre South is a new, soaring presence on the Philadelphia skyline, featuring faceted glass panels, sculpted angles and entranceways.  Located along the Schuylkill River’s western shore in University City, FMC Tower at Cira Centre South is in walking distance to Amtrak’s 30th Street Station, the second busiest train station in the United States and the mid-Atlantic area’s hub of mass transit, and is accessible to all 141 commuter towns in the Greater Philadelphia region.

AKA University City’s flexible accommodations and services, alongside the FMC Tower’s world-renowned dining, one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces and the city’s first private lifestyle club, are poised to attract Philadelphia’s foremost innovators and visionaries, offering a new way to live, work and enjoy the city.

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