Inspiring letters between two brothers are painted across the lobby walls of the 301-room Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia—an element well-suited for a hotel in the City of Brotherly Love. Formerly known as The Warwick, the 1926 building is fresh off a renovation completed in March 2015 that revitalized more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing modern flair to its Old World charm.
Although the structure of the hotel remains the same as the day it was constructed—with original arch windows and crown moldings embellishing tray ceilings—new audiovisual capabilities were added in the renovation, as were free Wi-Fi and multi-tone lighting, which planners can use to set the ambience in the 3,700-sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom. The hotel’s F&B staff works with planners to serve healthy “brain foods” low in fat and sugar to help attendees stay productive during long meetings. At one corporate event, for example, one of the chefs manned a cook-to-order omelet station and held a cooking demonstration for attendees.
In keeping with the healthy theme, private yoga classes can be arranged as a teambuilding event for groups (ask about Radisson Blu yoga mats that can serve as a take-home gift for attendees). Also on-site, guests can grab a cup of java at the Coffee Bar or order a rack of lamb at The Prime Rib, a 1940s-themed restaurant. Downtime can be spent shopping a block away on Walnut Street or dancing and dining in the city’s entertainment district a few blocks away.
Looking for an easy way to give back? Radisson partnered with Just a Drop, an international water aid charity, donating $5 for every guest who opts out of full-service housekeeping. “Just in the month of March, [during] our soft launch with the program, we’ve given between $600 and $700 to Just a Drop,” says Shannon Munley, director of sales and marketing. The hotel can provide planners a certificate at the end of an event detailing how much money their group raised for the program.
Chat with staff member Steve Hornstein. He’s been the doorman at the building for 35 years and tells colorful stories of guests Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and several presidents who have stayed there, says Munley.