The iconic Warwick has experienced a rebirth with the help of the opulent Radisson Blu brand and offers outstanding hometown hospitality.
Entering the spare grandeur of the Radisson Blu Warwick’s lobby is like reconnecting with the new and improved version of an old friend. The hotel’s English Renaissance style facade still greets guests as it has since 1926, but after a $20 million renovation, its doors reopened at the end of 2013 with a redesign of 301 guestrooms, hallways, public spaces, and most notably, the hotel’s soaring two-story vestibule.
Keeping the Warwick’s 86-year-old pedigree in mind, interior designer Jim Hamilton, of U.K.-based Graven Images Design Studio, worked to infuse a distinctively clean and modern design that complements the landmark’s past while speaking to the characteristic upscale aesthetic of Radisson Blu. “The approach was to neutralize some of those more ornate pieces and integrate some strong contemporary pieces that align with Radisson Blu hotels’ design ethos,” Hamilton said. “There are a few features in the lobby we wanted to make sure we preserved. The interesting plaster features, the fireplaces, and the large windows have all remained intact.”
A few key elements defining the space include an enormous rug that staffers refer to with pride as the “welcome mat” that greets guests with Philadelphia phrases like "brotherly love.” The working fireplaces flank unique furnishings. Among them is the Ro chair from Fritz Hansen, expansive sofas upholstered in Missoni fabrics, and a massive communal oak table by Belgian maker Sempre perfect for guests working on laptops or wanting to socialize in groups. The Radisson Blu Warwick also welcomes lovers of upscale dining at the award-winning The Prime Rib steakhouse and at Tavern 17 for more casual dining and cocktails. 220 S. 17th St., 215-735-6000