The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has completed a five-year, multi-phase, $22 million renovation. The final phase of renovation included an additional $2 million investment...

The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has completed a five-year, multi-phase, $22 million renovation.

The final phase of renovation included an additional $2 million investment for the modern transformation of the National Historic Landmark hotel’s mezzanine level pre-function area and meeting rooms, public restrooms, and the Locust Street entrance.


The hotel commissioned Gettys Hospitality Design and Development of New York to oversee the redesign. Carlson Hotels owns and manages the hotel.

“In conjunction with planned conversion of eight floors of the hotel to exclusive, luxury condominiums five years ago, we embarked on a comprehensive, multi-phased upgrade to this landmark hotel to stay attuned to the needs of today’s travelers,” says Thorsten Kirschke, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Carlson Hotels – The Americas.

“In 2007, we completed a USD 20 million renovation that encompassed the hotel lobby, Grand Ballroom and guest rooms, invested in improving the infrastructure and developed the Tavern 17 restaurant,” adds Kirschke. “The hotel has been a major part of our strategic growth efforts in the United States to expand the brand’s presence in major metropolitan markets, including the Northeast region.”

Gettys had the goal of updating the classic interior to a chic modern ambience. Historic neo-classic design elements are now blended into a contemporary 21st century concept, which Carlson Hotels says has provided the hotel with a deeply rooted sense of authenticity.

“Bearing measurable success, Gettys met the design challenge of modernizing and updating the public spaces of the property while paying homage to the classic look of our traditional architecture. The hotel has raised the bar for high-caliber revitalizations to come forth from the brand in the future, says Jim Riker, general manager of the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. ”

Some additional final refurbishment that is also planned includes the guest room corridors and new lighting in the lobby to highlight the arched fenestrations and limestone fireplaces, while anchoring the space to a human scale.

Among many of the design elements used in the meeting room pre-function area, the carpet designs have been interpreted using color emblematic of a lace pattern from 1920’s women’s fashion, with a layout that orients the guest with its unexpected scale. Mindful lighting is has also been installed throughout the public areas in a way that is sensitive to the overall ambience and task-specific functions identified in each of the spaces, according to Carlson Hotels.

The meeting rooms are fitted with ergonomic seating, and modular tables with state-of-the-art technology capabilities. A custom beverage credenza incorporates a refrigerator and storage for meeting-room supplies, to deliver efficiency for attendees’ demands.

Guests are greeted by a lobby of historic grandeur furnished with contemporary furniture, finishes and check-in pods. The hotel is rich in tradition, as it has been servicing elite Philadelphians and guests for many years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Plaza-Warwick Hotel was originally constructed in 1926.

With 301 well-appointed rooms, this historic yet modern downtown Philadelphia hotel is located just off Rittenhouse Square, the city’s most prestigious residential, commercial and business district. The hotel houses three restaurants: The Prime Rib, The Coffee Bar and Tavern 17.

For more information, visit www.radisson.com/hotels/paphilly.