The Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia is known for having some of the most exclusive shopping, dining and homes in the world. Recently joining this highly coveted area is the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel after a $20 million update to the iconic address that originally opened in 1926 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. While the luxurious Raddison Blu brand already has 270 properties in 62 countries, this is only the third in the United States. The others are the Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago and the Raddison Blu Mall of America. Being new to the U.S. market creates a value opportunity for travelers since perceived value is not yet established against more established 'boutique' brands.
Beyond having world-class options for dinning and shopping just out the door; Philadelphia is one of the
most walk-able cities in the world with its historic area, museums, and theater options all nearby.
The hotel features 301 spacious modern rooms with Philadelphia-centric art. We stayed in one of the 31 spacious Executive Rooms that have upgraded amenities and services including access to the Business Class Lounge serving evening drinks and breakfast, free high speed internet, in-room Nespresso coffee machine, turn-down service, complementary bottled water, a bath robe and slippers.
The hotel features three food options; Tavern 17, featuring artisan-inspired dishes from local and organic ingredients.Recommended at Tavern 17 is their Amish Chicken Breast with Yukon gold potato puree, broccolini and salsa; The prime Rib, evocative of a 1940's Manhattan supper club; and a coffee bar. For early risers also offered is a complementary Grab and Run breakfast with fresh coffee, fruit, and breakfast bars from 5-6:30 a.m.
We found the service at the hotel to be outstanding, the 'bottom-line' reason for choosing where to stay. Radisson has a full satisfaction warranty that if they do not make it right after reporting a problem, you won't pay.
The Radisson Blu Warwick is located on 1701 Locust Street 215-735-6000 or www.RHI_RHPH@Radisson.Com
The newest important attraction in Philadelphia is the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion at the Franklin
Institute, one of the best science museums in the world that first opened it's doors in 1934. The centerpiece of the new pavilion is the Your Brain exhibition. With over 70 interactive experiences Your Brain is the largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the most complex and misunderstood organ in our body in the Country. Other iconic attractions at the Institute include the Baldwin 60,000 locomotive, the walk- through Giant Heart, the Planetarium, and the best IMAX theater that we've experienced in our world travels.
The Franklin Institute is located on 222 N. 20th Street, a 15 minute walk from the Raddison Blu. For more information please visit: www.fi.edu
Also a short walk from the hotel is the British Lush Spa, the second opened in the U.S., with the first opened in New York. While mainly known for its exceptional cosmetics, their spas have unique experiential British theme. Recommended is their signature Synaesthesia treatment designed to be a complete merging of the senses with choreographed massage to music that takes you through a 24 hour day starting with bird songs, along with radiating color and clouds of scent. Before going into your treatment you consult with your therapist sitting along a large table made of reclaimed wood to decide what you seek to achieve with your treatment including "Ambition", "Esteem", "Relaxed", "Mind Cleanser" and "Relaxed"; using a customized blend of essential oils for your treatment to achieve your objective. At the end of your treatment you will be given a Bubble Bar Stone with the same essential oils to take home.
The Lush Spa is located at 1525 Walnut Street, on Rittenhouse Row. For more information please call 215-546-5874 or visit: www.LushUSA.Com/LUSHSPA
For more information about planning your visit to Philadelphia and to enter to win a "Dream Trip To Philly" please go to: www.VisitPhilly.com