Hidden behind giant scaffolding on 17th street, just off of main thoroughfare Chestnut Street lays the Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel. Since the majority of our sightseeing and gluttony occurred in close proximity to the (somewhat) trendier Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, the Radisson’s address was ideal. Did the hotel match up to the expectations established by its location?
The hotel lobby, always the focus of first impressions, did not disappoint. Ample natural lighting, high ceilings adorned with chandeliers, and vintage paintings on the walls nested atop a large marble foyer that provided a refreshing contrast from the busy, unassuming entrance from the street. Check-in was a cinch – the concierge had our reservation ready to go (with a complimentary business-level upgrade – thanks Winnie!) within minutes, and we were soon on our way up to our room.
Entering the sixth floor (of about 20…a portion of which are actually condos), we were greeted by the unspectacular, yet familiar environment so consistent with standard three-star hotels – salmon colored carpeting, dim hallways with peeling wallpaper, and a very “used” looking feel. One one end of the hallway, we spotted something odd and immediately hopeful: part of the floor was decorated in a dark, modern style. Was our room over there? Sadly, it was not. We later discovered (if the scaffolding wasn’t a sign) that the entire hotel is undergoing a renovation scheduled to complete later this year… great! – If not for us, then for you!
A preview of what the renovated Radisson will look like
The room itself, albeit very large and spacious, was pretty standard fare. You wonder why hotels don’t bother to fill it up with more furniture, which would have given it a cozier feel. Instead, it was very empty, very blah.
Who’s the stud-muffin getting undressed, bottom right?
Amenities: Not many, but they did welcome us with chocolates, bottled water, pretzel and mustard, and a bottle of root beer. There was a convenient fridge (I always think fridges are more useful than mini-bars) and a personal safe for your valuables. Our room came with internet, and the hotel also has a fitness center which we didn’t have time to check out.
Entertainment: The room had a plethora of channels, but very similar to the selection you would get from any Hilton or Marriott. One negative was that since the room was so long, the TV was a good 30 feet from the edge of the bed. This made for a little squinting and hard hearing, disappointing since we were in town during the opening round of March Madness.
Bed: Regardless of what anyone tells you, you can get a good night’s sleep away from home. The Warwick offered a king-sized dual Sleep Number bed that worked wonderfully.
Bathroom: Definitely seemed to have been around the block a few times – the wall paper was on its last legs, peeling from some corners. The tub was moderately sized, but unfortunately did not drain very well, leaving you standing in a puddle of your own shower water- gross! And who could forget the toilet? Flushing was incredibly loud, but the worst thing was the toilet paper’s placement almost behind the toilet. We were so incredulous that something could be so non-ergonomic that we had to take a picture!
Last Words: Winnie’s Club Carlson Gold status got us free breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Tavern 17. Breakfast options included a buffet (the usual), or an entree off of the main menu. We tried both; off the menu we had the eggs benedict with salmon and a mushroom and goat-cheese omelet. The breakfast won’t be winning any awards, but for a free meal, not shabby at all. In the end, we wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Radisson Warwick again (obviously for the right price)! We loved the location, the staff was friendly, and the amenities were acceptably convenient. Next time you are in Philly and want to be in the center of things, check it out.
More posts in our 48 Hours in Philly series:
Philly Sips: La Colombe Torrefaction
Philly Sups: Pat’s vs. Geno’s
Philly Stay: Radisson Plaza- Warwick Hotel Philadelphia (Hotel Review)
Philly Sips: Ray’s Cafe and Teahouse
Philly Sips: The Franklin Mortgage Investment Co.
Philly Sups: Dim Sum Garden