Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Rooms are modern with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi
  • Convenient location within walking distance of numerous sight
  • Various on-site dining options including a steakhouse and coffee bar
  • Well-equipped fitness center has cardio equipment and free weights
  • Spacious lobby has plenty of seating and is a nice spot to congregate
  • Housed in a lovely historic building

Cons

  • Only pricey valet parking
  • No pool
  • Bathrooms in some rooms are small

Bottom Line

A top option in Philadelphia, the Radisson Blu resides in a historic building -- but the overall vibe is supremely modern, from the lobby with bright furniture, funky lighting, and script along the walls, to the rooms with massive flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and leather furniture. Unlike the pricier Rittenhouse and the similarly-priced Hyatt Regency, it does not have a pool -- but there's a well-equipped fitness center and a cute coffee bar on-site.

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 Scene

A luxe property with plenty of dining and features

Built in 1926, The Radisson Blu Warwick 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). However, the overall look and vibe is extremely modern and fresh. The large lobby features fun lighting and plenty of seating, and three on-site dining options (including a steakhouse and cute coffee shop) are popular among locals and visitors.

 Location

In Center City, just east of Rittenhouse Square Park

The Radisson Blu 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

Simple -- but spacious and modern

The in-room decor may not be as inspiring as one would expect in an upscale hotel (picture geometric-patterned carpets and pops of color in the pillows and bed runners), but they are spacious -- with work desks and elegant, leather furniture. Plus, massive flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi come standard. Bathrooms are on the small side in some rooms.

 Features

A well-equipped fitness center and various dining options

The lobby itself can be considered a feature, as it is a lovely, brightly-lit space with plenty of seating and free Wi-Fi (which is available throughout the hotel). Valet parking, however, is not free and quite pricey. Other spaces for congregating include the cute coffee bar, as well as the steakhouse and elegant Tavern 17 restaurant. There's a well-equipped fitness center but no spa; however, guests can arrange in-room massages.

 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

A top option in Philadelphia, the Radisson Blu resides in a historic building -- but the overall vibe is supremely modern, from the lobby with bright furniture, funky lighting, and script along the walls, to the rooms with massive flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and leather furniture. Unlike the pricier Rittenhouse and the similarly-priced Hyatt Regency, it does not have a pool -- but there's a well-equipped fitness center and a cute coffee bar on-site.

Things You Should Know About Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia

Address

  • 220 South 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia

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
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

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