CHICAGO—Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced the conversion of the Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. The hotel will become the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia by late summer 2013. The 301-room historic hotel, situated in the Rittenhouse Square district of Philadelphia, will undergo a $17 million renovation that will include a redesign of all guestrooms and corridors, as well as the hotel’s grand lobby to reflect Radisson Blu’s signature style while maintaining the charm and heritage of the property. The hotel will remain open throughout the conversion.
The rebranding of the hotel marks the fourth Radisson Blu property in the Americas and is part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Ambition 2015 growth strategy. Ambition 2015 is fueled by an investment program of up to $1.5 billion focused on positioning Radisson in North America as a powerful, globally consistent, first-class brand.
“The expansion of the Radisson Blu brand to Philadelphia, an international business and cultural center, is a key step in our Ambition 2015 strategy,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Radisson, Americas. “For more than 86 years, The Warwick has been a symbol of distinctive hospitality, and as an owned and managed hotel, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is thrilled to continue its legacy of excellence as a Radisson Blu.”
Originally opened in 1926, the center city hotel features 301 guestrooms, including four suites; a 2,000-square-foot fitness center; 17,000 square feet of event space; and three dining venues. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and, in keeping with Radisson’s commitment to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, the property has been recognized by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program with a 4 Green Key rating.