The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
What We Love
- This is the third Radisson Blu hotel in America and the third by Graven Images lead designer Jim Hamilton
- Historic limestone and brick building with period charm dates from 1926
- Superb location in the city’s hippest ’hood
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Philadelphia
What To Know
- Reopened in January 2014 after a $20 million renovation
- The historic building was designed as a hotel and offers plenty of space to spread out, but bathrooms are small
- The 2,000-square-foot fitness center is stocked with new equipment, but there’s no pool or locker room
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Long a fixture on Rittenhouse Square, the Warwick has been reborn as Radisson’s third Blu hotel in America, successfully fusing the brand’s mod, glossy style onto a 1926 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It still makes a grand first impression with its stately limestone façade, carved rosettes and corniced windows. Inside, designer Jim Hamilton neutralizes the ornate trim and moldings in the two-story marble lobby with monochrome Dutch-designed pendant lighting. The space is a showcase for European form and function, including Ro chairs by Dutchman Fritz Hansen and sofas upholstered in Missoni fabrics — a wink to the company’s long relationship with the Italian fashion house.
Bed and Bath
The Warwick was for a long time the preferred stay for businessmen and politicos alike, and it has 301 big guestrooms — with smallish bathrooms. The Blu transformation represents a good example of addition by subtraction, with minimalistic style opening the rooms up, and pops of red, burnt orange and yellow complementing new black leather lounges and walnut furnishings. The granite bathrooms are big enough for two, but they might seem cramped when you consider all the space you’re enjoying in your room; most have single vanities and shower/tub combos.
Happily, one thing that wasn’t changed in the Warwick’s $20 million makeover is most of the crackerjack staff. The hotel’s TripAdvisor reviews overflow with accolades for the staff, the leader of which is bell captain Steve Hornstein. The 32-year Warwick veteran was honored last March as Radisson employee of the year, an award he earned by going above and beyond his duties to fill a concierge role offering guests tips, tricks and picks for the best of Philly, from restaurants and bars to car services and dry cleaners. Make reservations at Tavern 17 for dinner and try dishes such as half roasted herbed chicken with sauteed wild mushrooms and potato purée. Elsewhere, there’s a 24-hour, 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and if you want some pampering, in-room spa treatments can be arranged.
In the Area
Philly lives in Rittenhouse Square, a hub with shops, restaurants and red brick row houses arranged in spokes pointing in all directions. Starting with this location it’s easy to eat like a king, whether you crave celeb chef cuisine or locavore fare. Fronting the square’s leafy lanes, Parc Brasserie pays tribute to Paris’s café culture with steak frites and a wine list. The hotel is within striking distance of several of Iron Chef Jose Garces’s best restaurants, including the all-new Volver, which puts a modern gastronomical spin on the chef’s favorite dishes in a sexy space in the Rafael Vinoly-designed Kimmel Center. If you can’t score a reservation there, look north to Tinto Wine Bar, a tapas-centric place that imports such treats as jamon iberico, truffles, octopus, olives and other products directly from Spain’s Basque region. For the flavors of local farms, head south from the Warwick to Audrey Claire for Mediterranean flavors and farm-fresh ingredients.
How to Get There
Steve the doorman offered us personalized recommendations, shared tips on historical Philly, and kept us entertained with each coming and going. He seems to remember each guest and greets them all as friends. He is an asset to the Warwick Hotel!!
I've been to this property many times in trips to Philly. It's super close to Rittenhouse and great restaurants. They have recently upgraded the rooms and the lobby restaurants are outstanding. They have a very cool steakhouse and a farm to table restaurant with quite a few great options. I park with the valet when I arrive and the service is excellent. The lobby has a great vibe with a short walk to some great shopping this place is an easy choice.
When staying in Philadelphia the Warwick is my go to hotel. Excellent location. Beautiful lobby area and nicely appointed rooms. Walkable to theater, restaurants and other fine attractions. Restaurant in the hotel is quite good and I have found the staff overall to be very helpful and responsive. I definitely recommend the Warwick for those visiting Philadelphia.
The front desk staff and bellmen were nice and helpful at check-in. The housekeeping staff were also nice and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was a little dated and could use an update.
The hotel is in a perfect location close to Rittenhouse Square and wonderful shops and restaurants. There are two restaurants and a coffee shop in the hotel.
My stay was very enjoyable and I would definitely stay here again.
This is the first time I have stayed at the Warwick since their remodel and since they have allowed pets. The staff is friendly and helpful, The hotel is fresh and modern with a lobby that invites a bit of lingering if you wish.The location is great being smack dab in the middle of Center City,a block away from Rittenhouse Square, with lots of great shopping and places to eat nearby as well..(It is also close to Patco trains and the Lindenwold lines which made a trip to NJ to see a friend a breeze). Much to my dismay, I found out too late that there is a Luke's Lobster (the BEST lobster roll anywhere) so close by at 130 S. 17th.(I will remember for next time).I need to know where I can buy the pillows that were on the bed in my room,Wonderful.My dog said there needs to be more grass outside,but it was great to have a fridge to keep her food and my sodas cold. I found the nice guest robe in the closet as I was leaving. When I was upset over a misunderstanding with the bill (and it was all my mistake), the hotel interrupted my mini-tantrum and simply credited me for the disputed amount.That scored major points and made me forget my minor disappointment in the mocha flavored coffee supplied in the room; a weird choice but drinkable.FYI: there is not much room to unload in front of the hotel and when it is busy you can't leave your car unattended. Staff will take your bags of course,but I generally like to handle my own luggage ,but I had little choice but to rely on doorman and bellhop and wait for my stuff to come up.(busy holiday time).Again, a minor issue but something one might need/want to know. If you choose not to use hotel parking,there is a parking lot that charges $30 (vs 44) on Lattimer betwwen17th and S Bouvier.