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
Had a fabulous stay. Special thanks to the concierge Steve for fabulous service. He helped my daughter and I navigate the city and logistics getting to the Taylor Swift concert. Went above and beyond.
Visiting Philadelphia after so many years, I could not wait to experience it at the Warwick. Having stayed at multiple properties across the United States, i imagined my stay to be equal in value and hospitality. Unfortunately, I had one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had.
Upon Arrival I was greeted by valet who did not bother to greet me. Rather, the two men up front continued talking only to each other and when I asked about valet, they were bothered that I asked. At the front desk I was greeted by a young man who looked like he had just come back from an all night bender before clocking in. The woman next to him was no help and even less courteous than he.
The property itself is beautiful and the room was clean and neat, as would be expected. What I did not expect was the smell of cigarettes that filled the bathroom. I called the front desk, and after the third call, someone finally picked up. Bender confirmed that it was a smoke free property, yet my bathroom continued to smell like cigarettes. I was told to simply close my bathroom door (thanks for the tip!).
Valet will take up to 30 minutes to pull up your car, so if you do not call ahead, be prepared to wait.
Had it not been for Kathy on my last day at the property, i would rate this hotel with a 1 star rating. A clean lobby does not make a hotel experience something to remember.
Having stayed in many hotels in historic parts of big cities, I was expecting a cramped room for our family of four. We were pleasantly surprised to find lots of floor space and a comfortable chair with a reading lamp in our sixth-floor double-double room. Beds were comfortable. The price was excellent for the amount of space and central location, just a block off Rittenhouse Square.
If you stay on a weekend, don’t miss the Rittenhouse Square farmer’s market on Saturday morning, where you can buy pastries, fresh fruit, flowers, and even samosas. There’s lots of shopping nearby, including a small local grocery store, the Rittenhouse Market.
The room was spacious and nicely set up, however housekeeping needs to clean better. The tray and paper the glasses for water in the room were on had dirt and hair. The bathroom seat looked gross and the glass shelf in the bathroom holding the toiletries needed to be washed. Cleanliness is incredibly important. The worst part was the AC was not working, which we didn’t realize it until we got back to our room after midnight. We got into our room at early check in and lowered the room temperature and turned up the fan speed, so we expected the room to be cool by the time we returned. It made it difficult to sleep although the bed was comfortable. Ordered room service and they took about 1 hr for chicken wings and a dessert. Food was decent. The valet parking was advertised as $44 but we were charged $54. Location is great and the room set up was nice. If only the AC worked and if the room was cleaned it would have been rated much higher.
Very nice hotel and great staff. Large room. Very clean but some of the furniture had seen some wear. Great restaurants and shopping very nearby. Lots of sites within 1.5 miles. Very walkable neighborhood.