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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had a great stay. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive! The club loung was a great amenity. The food and drinks were amazing! We are looking forward to another trip to the Warwick Hotel and to the city of Philadelphia!!
We stayed at the Warwick trying to break from our usual preference, the Philadelphia Sofitel. The lobby is gorgeous, updated and contemporary, very airy and light and welcoming, and the restaurants and cafes at the ground level are terrific. Janessa, the manager, was accommodating, warm, and made our stay exceptionally pleasant, so we will return because of her and the general sense of the property (and the location).
The rooms, however, are dated, a bit dingy, and need more of a structural update, not just a paint job and new bedding. The carpets are old (and smell dusty), and didn't feel very fresh. Not at all bad, just not the nicely scented luxe of a boutique hotel, and yet not the simple, clean-aired brightness of an updated mid-range hotel either. I would look forward to public areas of the hotel and the location, but I wouldn't look forward to the room again.
And of note, the executive breakfast/social hour area on the 11th floor--they are trying. The buffet is ok, what you might find driving across country at a Home Suites. But most of all, the room, while featuring a nice view of Philly, is low-ceilinged and while one side has a couch and a couple side chairs, the other side is tables only, and the room/ceiling is too small to feel comfortable if one other person/couple is on the couch. Who wants to sit in a breakfast nook with wine at 6 p.m.?
So Warwick should focus on these two essential areas, and they will hit it out of the park if they do. Rooms, however, are extremely important if they want guests to return with any consistency.
It’s hard to get your teen excited about traveling with a parent over spring vacation, but when you walk into the lobby and they instagram immediately, you give yourself a little high five. Fantastic location for wandering around the stores. Cute drive up around brownstones. Love rittenhouse square! Great gym.
But then your room which kind of smells faces a neighboring wall, you start to wonder. Ridiculous parking costs that they don’t articulate and a limited room service menu.
The final straw was after tweaking my back I pleaded for help with the front desk, left to figure out myself, I never received a call back from the “hotel partner” service provider. So I leave this morning with just an ok and not sure I need to come back to this place. Nice but little attention to service.
Smelt like cigarettes, and they did not tell me that parking my car would be $52.00 each night. If I would have known that I would have found somewhere else to park. Price was good because I booked through Expedia- however it wasn’t worth it with the room smelling like cigarettes
After Caribbean cruise stopped off in Philadelphia to get the Xmas feel boy we were not disappointed!! Fabbbbbbb experience will visit again ! Stayed at Warwick Hotel it was very good clean and comfortable very modern surroundings and nice atmosphere, handed for getting around in good location would you use again ! Didn’t
Eat in hotel but plenty places around !