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In true Four Seasons fashion, over-the-top elegance abounds here -- mixed with meeting facilities for the business traveler.
The peaceful waterfall that greets guests in the circular entrance pretty much sets the tone for the luxury to be had here -- and makes up for a rather lackluster gray exterior that could easily be mistaken for a government building. The lobby area is plush, and is a perfect spot to have an informal business meeting. The traditional decor includes rich fabrics, soft tones, and dramatic lighting -- it may be a bit over-the-top, but it's impressive nonetheless. The lobby continues to the restaurant and meeting area with large hallways that receive natural light from the courtyard area, with outdoor chairs and tables. On the lower level are more meeting spaces in a slightly more contemporary setting, as well as the spa, indoor pool and small, but up-to-date fitness center.
In the heart of Logan Square, walking distance to historical landmarks
The Four Seasons sits right at Logan Circle, a perfect location close to major tourist sights, as well as corporate offices in the business district.
Logan Square brings the style of Europe to the birthplace of America with a design inspired by Place de la Concorde in Paris. Nearby are some of the city’s historical landmarks and world-renowned Museum Row.
Center City is Philadelphia's commercial and cultural center, and the vast majority of the city's hotels are clustered in this neighborhood. Popular historical sites, including Independence Hall, are located here, as is the Philadelphia Museum of Art (fronted by the stone steps made famous in the Rocky films). The picturesque Rittenhouse Square Park, located in the southwest area of the neighborhood, is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and bars. The ornate City Hall, built in 1901, is the second tallest masonry building in the world; its tower is a prominent fixture of the Philadelphia skyline.
Classic style meets modern technology -- though Wi-Fi costs extra
The 364 rooms and suites at this Four Seasons offer varying views, the best facing Logan Circle or the courtyard. Many suites have sliding glass doors leading to wide balconies for city views. All of the windows open so guests can take in the fresh air.
The rooms are decorated with classic furnishings typical of the Four Seasons -- plush bedding, extravagant drapery and carpeting, and warm tones everywhere. Though some will find the look a bit older generation, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs keep things modern (though Wi-Fi isn't free, which is a shame at a luxury hotel).
One of the best fine dining restaurants in the city
This luxury hotel won't surprise anyone used to the elegance of a Four Seasons -- opulent decor, outstanding service, and a central location make it popular for business guests with an expense account, as well as leisure guests looking to stay in the lap of luxury. Meanwhile, locals are attracted to the top-rated Fountain Restaurant (reservations are necessary). There are 364 rooms in total, including 96 suites -- many with balconies overlooking Logan Square. Amenities include everything from wedding and business space, a fitness center, a pool, and a spa. The only disappointment here is the fee for Wi-Fi, which should be included in the room rate for such a high-end hotel.