The city of Philadelphia is rich with American history, and the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia makes a fitting complement to that greatness. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the $20 million renovation and conversion of the historic Warwick Hotel now makes the Philly landmark only the fourth North American property for the prestigious Radisson Blu chain.
The slick and sophisticated 301-room beauty is conveniently located downtown in the exclusive Rittenhouse Square District. With flags waving outside, you walk through the automatic chrome-trimmed glass revolving doors, where you’d expect to find the stuffy trappings of old luxury but instead are greeted with a large chic, mirror-lined lobby that gives off a posh nightclub feel. The cotton candy blue neon lights frame all of the lobby walkways. Globular pendant lights, a gigantic Belgian-made communal oak table, Scandinavian chairs and an eye-catching wall filled with black and white text showcase the brand’s contemporary edge. However, the property still pays homage to the city’s past with photos and artwork and even Philadelphia art-themed headboards in the bedrooms.
While suite conveniences, such as 180 degree-turning flat screen HD televisions and nightly arranged fresh flowers, make it easy to hermit yourself away in your room, do make it a point to explore. Start with the property’s two quality restaurants: The Prime Rib steakhouse with award-winning seafood and Tavern 17 for gourmet breakfast. Since you’re within walking distance of some of the city’s most historic attractions, make your rounds to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc., and then to the high-end shopping and popular restaurants of the famed Walnut Street (220 South 17th Street, Philadelphia; 215-735-6000).
Words: Chris Wyatt