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
Parking on site
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Sleek biz sleep in a historic Rittenhouse Square landmark, fresh off a $20 million reno of signature Blu style
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.
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square
220 S 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel is Philadelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.) - 10 km / 6.2 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.