Fodor's Expert Review The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel
1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See on Map
The Logan: Philadelphia's Hotel is a fresh breath of class in the city, located right on the Parkway. The hotel's design mixes old world high-society and urban industrialism laced with historical references and inspirations from the colonial era and James Logan, a statesman, and scholar for whom the hotel is named after. High-style, eclectic immersion of natural materials such as barn board, steel, copper, natural stone, brick and marble that frame the many social environments both inside and outside the hotel that boast expansive fireplaces, and one-of-a-kind works of locally made art. Bold, artful and relaxing, the 391 guest rooms and suites at The Logan Philadelphia create luxury in a tasteful, timeless rendition. All of the tastefully-appointed accommodations are outfitted with plush furnishings, locally curated artwork and amenities including Wi-Fi and 42” HDTVs. The stylish guest rooms at the Logan offer modern luxury and art details. Chic furnishings and local artwork infuse each room with a vibrant, modern energy - while luxurious linens and cozy bathrobes help guests to unwind.
All rooms have expansive windows with natural light (and blackout curtains.) All either have impressive views of the city (the splendid Benjamin Franklin Parkway area dotted with International flags of the world and fountains leading to the Art Museum.) Rooms have laptop-sized safes, 42-inch HDTVs with HD cable channels, in-room mini refrigerators, in-room-Keurig coffee makers, and iPhone and Android charging stations with Bluetooth Music Connection. Wooden period piece furniture like the work desk and cabinets mix with contemporary metallics and unique artwork. Beds are cozy plush beds with high thread count sheets.
Two bottles of gratis water are provided, believe it or not, this is becoming a rarity, where hotels charge exorbitant prices for in-room water or ask you to fetch it from the front desk's jug.
Bathrooms are marble and have either a shower/tub or walk-in glass shower. There is a lighted mirror, a makeup/shaving mirror, salon-style hairdryer and spa-inspired William Roam products. The closet has the same robe as the luxury destination spa, a jersey hoodie robe.
The expansive lobby has a design of old world high-society and urban industrialism with Philadelphia historical references and inspirations from the colonial era and James Logan, for whom the hotel is named after. The main piece in the grand lobby is a sort of chandelier with over 300 images celebrating famous Philadelphians across history. Creams, greys, and gold give a tranquil feel, the lobby opens into the Commons bar with a large gas mirrored fireplace. The check-in area and the massive hallways with leather seating lead to the Urban Farmer upscale partner restaurant.
There is an indoor, heated salt-water pool surrounded by the fitness area that is 4'5" deep.
If you are a guest at the spa you also have access to the indoor heated salt-water pool, exercise equipment and the dressing room's showers and products.
The Logan Philadelphia features one of the premier spas in Philadelphia. Skilled practitioners offer very specific massage techniques unusual like Russian arnica massage, aromatherapeutic rituals, and Tibetan bowls sound baths. Massage, skin care, body treatments, nail services and indulgent packages are all offered.
The 24-hour fitness area features the latest Precor equipment, including 6 treadmills, 4 ellipticals, bikes, a rowing machine, weight machines and free weights.
Urban Farmer, Philadelphia’s Steakhouse is known for its high-quality farm to table steak tastings with "1855 Pennsylvania" dry aged beef wagyu and with high concept comfort pairs like twice baked fingerling potato tart. They also serve super unusual paired cocktails like the Bully which is a wagyu washed wild turkey cocktail and a must try. Rustic-chic and fresh ingredients keep the restaurant busy with hotel guests, business lunches, and dates.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Dining doesn't come cheap, the in-house cafe of La Columbe, Philadelphia's favorite coffee which was launched at the Four Seasons (Logan's prior incarnation) is delicious but a croissant, egg and a pot of coffee will run you $40. Breakfast is not included.
The Commons is the in the lobby bar with a lush courtyard open in good weather. They serve artesian beers and sophisticated cocktails with snacks like oysters. Nine floors above the city is the sexy rooftop Assembly Lounge views of the art and museum district which is open in the evenings. Then there is the Urban Farmer for cocktails, beer and wine.
You can walk almost everywhere, even a mile to the historic district (Liberty Bell, etc.) and you are on Benjamin Franklin Parkway where all the museums are. 30th Street Station is also accessible where Amtrak is, but is used mostly just to get out of the city.
You are not quite in Center City or Rittenhouse but upscale dining choices abound. Chima Steakhouse (6-minute walk) is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse with all you can eat meats and a swanky backroom bar. City Tap House Logan is only a 1-minute walk for neo-American pub fare and craft beers in a big, wooden bar space with a huge screen for sports.
R2L (8-minute walk) has the highest views of the city, 500 ft above and 40 miles panoramas with sleek cocktails to match. Skygarten (3-minute walk ) is another place with skyline views (they are good ones) this 51st-floor German beer garden has pub grub and also imported beers and a terrace.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's chic and classy in a city that isn't always as refined. The massive lobby also has a ballroom with a permanent fireplace, swanky bar, and terrace, and the attached restaurant is delicious.
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