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hotels | news CHECK IN Philadelphia set for period of hotel expansion


PHILADELPHIA IS REVITALIZING its hotel scene with a slew of new openings and renovations. In January, the opening of the Courtyard


Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard added 172 rooms over five stories; facilities include 1,800sq ft of meeting space, a fitness center and restaurant with views of the park. Due to open in 2016, SLS International


Hotel and Residences Philadelphia will add 47 stories, with 150 hotel rooms and 125 luxury condominiums, to the city’s skyline. On Avenue of the Arts, it will offer guests and residents a spa, fitness center, pool and meeting facilities, as well as an array of food and beverage options. Other projected Philadelphia hotels include a third Kimpton hotel for the city, thought to be


three of a kind


opening in the 73-year-old Family Court Building in the Logan Square neighborhood, and a W and Element joint hotel project set for development at 15th and Chestnut, close to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Meanwhile, many of the city’s most popular


hotels have been renovated to bring them to new levels of luxury. Te city’s former Radisson Warwick hotel reopened in November as the Radisson Blu Warwick after a $17 million upgrade and the iconic Rittenhouse Hotel has recently undergone a two-year, multi-million dollar facelift culminating in a new spa, due to open this summer. One of the city’s most revered hotels, the Four Seasons is moving from its current Logan Square


location to be part of the $1.2 billion Norman Foster-designed


Comcast Innovation and


Technology Center, which will be the country’s tallest building outside New York and Chicago when completed in 2017. “Four Seasons has called Philadelphia home for


more than 30 years,” said Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. “During this time, we have set the standard for luxury hospitality in the city and become an integral part of the community. Today, Philadelphia is experiencing renewed growth and popularity. We are proud to be a part of one of the largest, most exciting new developments in the region and reaffirm our long-standing commitment to this great city.”


n RADISSON BLU WARWICK Formerly the Radisson Warwick, the rebranded hotel opened in November 2013 and is only the third Blu property in the country after Chicago and Bloomington. Located in Rittenhouse Square, it’s within easy reach of Philadelphia’s airport and convention center. radissonblu.com


n RITTENHOUSE HOTEL First opened in 1989, the Rittenhouse Hotel’s 116 rooms are located within walking distance of Philadelphia’s business district and shopping corridor. Its multi-million dollar transformation has resulted in five new Park Suites and a new spa, health club and salon. rittenhousehotel.com


n FOUR SEASONS PHILADELPHIA The Four Seasons Philadelphia will feature more than 200 rooms and include a spa, fitness center and meeting facilities, as well as a new top-floor restaurant with 360-degree city views when it relocates in 2017. The hotel will maintain its Logan Square location until then. fourseasons.com


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WORDS: KATIE REICH-STORER. IMAGES: GETTY; RADISSON BLU; RITTENHOUSE HOTEL


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