First new hotel in 22 years opens in Conshohocken

CONSHOHOCKEN — Hotel West & Main has officially opened — the first new hotel in Conshohocken in 22 years. The hotel opened on Thursday, Oct. 13, and completes Keystone Development + Investment’s $340 million SORA West development.

Keystone has partnered with Concord Hospitality Enterprises to develop and operate the 127-room boutique hotel as part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

The hotel is the final piece of SORA West, a transit-oriented mixed-use project. It encompasses 520,000 sq. ft. and incorporates a new 11-story office tower and the adaptive reuse of a 148-year-old historic firehouse.

Hotel West & Main has officially opened — the first new hotel in Conshohocken in 22 years. A ribbon cutting for the new property was held Thursday, Oct. 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

“It would have been hard to predict what we see before us today at Conshohocken’s gateway when we bought the site in 2003,” Keystone Founder and CEO Bill Glazer, said in a statement. “As our shared vision took shape, the strength of our expertise and partnerships put us on a course to develop one of the most transformational projects during one of the most challenging times.” He added that the hotel will “welcome residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Construction on the hotel began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted Keystone and Concord to redesign plans to reduce the number of rooms and increase amenities.

The Hotel West & Main features a rooftop bar and lounge overlooking SORA West’s plaza for events and live music, as well as meeting spaces equipped with state-of-the-art technology, catering to both business travelers and leisure guests.

The hotel is adjacent to an office tower that houses up to 1,500 AmerisourceBergen employees. The Fortune 10 healthcare giant relocated its global headquarters to Conshohocken, cutting the ribbon last in September 2021 on its 429,000-square-foot facility designed by Gensler.

The office tower includes tech-enabled conference and business centers and connects to a 12-story public and private parking garage.

Keystone Founder and CEO Bill Glazer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)Keystone Founder and CEO Bill Glazer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

The site’s historic firehouse was brought back to life as the gateway to SORA West and physically connects with Hotel West & Main via a first-floor restaurant —1874 Social. The name honors the year the Washington Fire Co. formed on the site. It is an all-day social cafe offering an assortment of menus including specialty coffee, breakfast, happy hour, and dinner. Lunch service will be added in the coming weeks.

The firehouse, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, also inspired the second-floor gastropub experience, the Hook & Ladder Skybar. Featuring a chop house and sushi restaurant, the atmosphere “embodies historic features while tying in modern elements to create an exclusive, vintage look and feel,” according to a press release.

“The hotel has a classic style and a vibrant personality on its own, and within the context of our larger vision for the downtown Conshohocken gateway, it helps establish an incredibly inviting access point for visitors and business travelers,” Keystone President and COO Rich Gottlieb, said in a statement.

Hotel West & Main has an additional dining/retail space available — about 4,000 square feet — available for lease inside the hotel.

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