PHILADELPHIA—Radisson Blu announces the completion of a $20 million renovation and conversion of the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia. The hotel marks the third Radisson Blu hotel in the United States, joining Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago and the Radisson Blu Mall of America.
The 301-room historic hotel, situated in the Rittenhouse Square district of Philadelphia, has completed a renovation that includes a redesign of all guestrooms and corridors, a new business class floor with a private lounge, as well as the hotel’s grand lobby to reflect the signature, contemporary style of Radisson Blu, while maintaining the charm and heritage of the landmark hotel.
“The expansion of the Radisson Blu brand in Philadelphia, a key East Coast gateway city and an international business and cultural center, is a key step in the expansion of the brand in the U.S.,” said Javier Rosenberg, chief operating officer, Radisson, Americas. “For more than 86 years, The Warwick has been a symbol of distinctive hospitality, and as an owned and managed hotel, we are thrilled to continue its legacy of excellence as a Radisson Blu.”
Radisson Blu again called upon the creative genius of Graven Images’ Jim Hamilton, the award-winning international designer who conceived the interior plans for the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago and the Radisson Blu Mall of America. With the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, Hamilton looked to create a design that speaks to the landscape, history, and culture of the city, ensuring it is relevant while keeping in mind the brand’s edgy and upper upscale characteristics.
Standout features of the new lobby include predominant pendant lighting in a mix of pieces from Dutch and Canadian craftsmen.A feature rug of black and white text in the entrance lobby creates a level of curiosity for guests and complements two massive surface applied art installations on both bookend walls that encompass the two restored fireplaces. The hotel’s historic connection to the city is now underscored with interesting, Philadelphia centric art displayed throughout the corridors and on the headboards in each room, giving the property a true sense of place
Originally opened in 1926, the city center hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the property has been recognized by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program with a 4 Green Key rating.