Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.

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Pros

  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Elegant, old-world lobby with two fireplaces
  • Lovely English Renaissance architecture
  • Solid gym with modern cardio equipment
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Room service not 24-hour
  • Bland room decor

Bottom Line

THIS HOTEL HAS RENOVATED SINCE OUR VISIT. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AND PHOTOS AS SOON AS WE CAN. This 301-room hotel built in 1926 has plenty of old-world charm -- lovely English Renaissance architecture, and an elegant lobby with two fireplaces. Rooms are thoroughly modern, however, with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. It's a solid mid-range option near Rittenhouse Square, with thoughtful freebies (free bottled water in the rooms, free Wi-Fi, free morning newspapers). But the room decor is nothing special, and the much-vaunted Sleep Number Beds are rock-hard when they don't work.

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 Scene

A mid-range property with lots of history, but it's no longer the luxury hot spot it once was

Built in 1926, The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and at one time drew celebrity guests and politicians (Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner spent a night of their honeymoon here). And after a $22 million renovation completed in 2010, the hotel is still holding up -- the public spaces are still elegant, and the rooms have flat-sreen TVs and iPod docks. But in spite of all that, this is no longer the luxury property it once was. These days, it draws families and business travelers rather than the rich and famous, and the room decor is run-of-the-mill.

But changes are still to come at the hotel. In mid-2013, the hotel is set for a multi-million dollar renovation before beoming a Radisson Blu.

 Location

In Center City, just east of Rittenhouse Square Park

The Radisson Plaza is on South 17th St, a busy tree-lined stretch that's home to a number of hotels (including the Sofitel and the Palomar, a couple blocks north) near Rittenhouse Square Park. The Shops at Liberty Place mall is a short walk away.

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.

  • 2-minute walk to to Rittenhouse Square Park
  • 4-minute walk to the Shops at Liberty Place
  • 12-minute walk to City Hall
  • 7-minute drive or 15 minutes by bus to the Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 7-minute drive or 10 minutes by bus to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 7-minute drive or 13 minutes by subway to 30th St. Station
  • 8-minute drive or 8 minutes by PATCO to Independence National Historic Park (home to Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell)
  • 11-minute drive or 25 minutes by bus to Penn's Landing, a waterfront neighborhood that's home to several historic ships visitors can tour, Adventure Aquarium, and the Independence Seaport Museum
  • 13-minute drive or 33 minutes by bus to the Philadelphia Zoo
  • 20-minute drive or 34 minutes by train to Philadelphia International Airport

 Rooms

Average mid-range decor, but up-to-date technology and Sleep Number Beds

The room decor is nothing special -- beige carpets, bland fabrics, wood furniture with nicks and scratches. But there are 32- to 42-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as adjustable Sleep Number Beds. I'm sure the Sleep Number Beds are comfortable enough when they work, but the remote for my bed gave me error messages, and the mattress was extremely firm.

All rooms include:

  • 32- to 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Adjustable Sleep Number Bed with remote that allows guests to adjust the firmness
  • iPod dock
  • Empty mini-fridge
  • Single-cup coffeemaker with free tea and coffee
  • Soft terrycloth robes and slippers
  • Bathroom with shower/tub combo, marble floor tiles and granite shower tiles; quality toiletries; hairdryer; make-up mirror; scale

Room types:

  • Guest Room: King or two double beds
  • Spacious Guest Room: More space, king or two double beds
  • Plaza Club Level Room: King bed; free continental breakfast in the morning, drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the evening, and coffee and dessert at night; 42-inch flat-screen TV

 Features

A fitness center and business center, but not much else

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Solid fitness center with four treadmills, six elliptical machines, and two recumbent bikes, all with personal TVs; weight machines and free weights; towels, magazines, and water
  • Pets allowed for an initial $50 fee, plus an extra fee of $10 per day; guests with dogs stay on a dedicated floor
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • 10 meeting rooms totalling 17,000 square feet
  • Valet parking for $34 per day, provided by Penn Warwick, and self-parking in nearby garages for $14 to $19

 Food

An on-site American restaurant, plus an upscale steakhouse attached to the property

  • The hotel's on-site restaurant, Tavern 17, serves average American food in a low-lit space with wood paneling, wood floors, and cool candle chandeliers. The American food is average, and the continental breakfast looked a little skimpy (fruit, eggs, cereal) and had been pretty thoroughly picked over. But the popular happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. offers good deals on drinks and appetizers.
  • Room service available 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Prime Rib, an upscale steakhouse, is attached to (but unaffiliated with) the hotel
  • The Coffee Bar serves fair-trade organic coffee, and is also attached to (but unaffiliated with) the hotel

 Bottom Line

THIS HOTEL HAS RENOVATED SINCE OUR VISIT. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AND PHOTOS AS SOON AS WE CAN. This 301-room hotel built in 1926 has plenty of old-world charm -- lovely English Renaissance architecture, and an elegant lobby with two fireplaces. Rooms are thoroughly modern, however, with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. It's a solid mid-range option near Rittenhouse Square, with thoughtful freebies (free bottled water in the rooms, free Wi-Fi, free morning newspapers). But the room decor is nothing special, and the much-vaunted Sleep Number Beds are rock-hard when they don't work.

Things You Should Know About Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia

Address

  • 220 South 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Room Types

  • Business Class Room
  • Plaza Club Level Room
  • Spacious Guest Room
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 301
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Center City, Philadelphia
Address: 220 South 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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