Fodor's Expert Review The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

220 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA See on Map

Alyssa Pinsker

The Warwick Rittenhouse features sleek décor and furnishings, vibrant colors and modern technology within a historic building in the chicest neighborhood in Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square. The last of the original three “Grande Dame hotels” in Philadelphia, the Warwick celebrates its legacy with a deliberate modern design that was inspired by Philadelphia heritage. For over 90 years, the Warwick Rittenhouse Square offers 301 well-appointed rooms and stylish suites, which are a deliberate modern interpretation of the Gilded Age when hotels were designed to accommodate the social elite. With nods to Philadelphia's heritage and history with contemporary style and comfort each rooms and suites includes sophisticated décor and deluxe amenities such as free WiFi, a mini-refrigerator/cooler and a large flat screen television.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The front desk serves as an undercover concierge, but don't expect The Rittenhouse Hotel level of offered service, unless you ask specifically for amenities.


Standard rooms are called Signature Kings, which average 248 square feet with 300 thread count sheets, a king size bed, an oversized workstation, large flat-screen 42-in LCD TV and a cozy lounge chair. There's an in-room safe, a speaker phone and a fluffy bathrobe in every guestroom.


Bathrooms have full size bathtub with curved shower rod and curtain and speakman showerhead. Archive products are provided.


The lobby overlooks 17th Street. The Warwick represents an architectural style prevalent in the 1920s. Designed by Frank Hahn, of Baylinson and Hanh, a leading architectural firm in Philadelphia at the time.The Warwick exhibits an outstanding use of materials including limestone and brick and was heavily influenced by classical and Renaissance features.The Warwick was renovatedy four years ago and infused modern design with the historic architecture. The lobby walls are lined with a conversation of two brothers debating love, life, and change – representing the iconic city of ‘brotherly love’.


The Warwick does not have an on-site spa but Relax & Rejuvenate can bring a specialty massage or spa treatment into your room.


There's a standard 24-hour fitness center with full weight room and 20 aerobic machines.


Old-world, upscale, with elegant retro charm, in terms of history and class, while a chain, The Prime Rib delivers as the finest restaurant in town. Inspired by the supper clubs out of 1940s Manhattan it has a Vegas vibe in a good way. The Prime Rib is known for their lump crab cakes, classic steaks, seafood, and cocktails in a large space with black walls, leopard-print carpet & piano music. It features nightly live music and tuxedoed servers.

The on-site partner café is Bluestone Lane from Melbourne, Australia, known for it's premium coffee and flat whites. Ozzies also share their healthy breakfast items like Avocado toast and green juices and smoothies. You can have brekkie there or on the club level if you are a member.

The Prime Rib has Live Jazz on Saturday Nights at 10:15 pm on the baby grand piano in the Leopard Room. Just skip the potato skins, their signature dish and stick to he wine, cocktails, seafood and steak.


The Prime Rib offers an array of high-quality cocktails and wines. Wine Spectator Magazine has honored The Prime Rib with the Award of Excellence for over twenty five years for having one of the most extensive wine lists in the world (13 pages.) The swank supper-club may have the best service of any Philly restaurant.


Getting Around

The 42 and 21 are buses that are a 2 minute walk to the corner of 17th and Walnut. They run East and West through to 69th Street. They travel up and down Walnut and Chestnut Streets. The Market Frankford line is a 10 minute walk to 15th & Market and also houses the Orange line and runs to destinations along the way to Northeast Philadelphia and the hip neighborhood of Fishtown and Northern Liberties. The Broad street line available to take you to up to Temple University or to South Philly where all the stadiums are located like - Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center, and Citizens Bank Park. Uber and Lyft are readily available and prominent throughout the area.


Devon’s Seafood Grill (2-minute walk) offers seafood classics and steak options. Rouge 98 (2-minute walk) was the place to see and be seen on Rittenhouse square and its outdoor seating velvet banquets, a circular marble bar and gorgeous Gustav Klimt reverse painted mirror still make it a mus visit. Parc (2-minute walk) is an authentic French brasserie complete with kir royales and moules frites, Philadelphia’s top rated restaurants and owned by local famous restaurateur Stephen Starr.


Black Sheep Pub (1-minute walk) is an Irish Pub which offers a good selection of beers on tap and pub fare. Monk’s Café (4-minute walk) is a brewpub that has one of the widest selections of beers and a large wine selection.


Rittenhouse is the classiest and most iconic neighborhood in Philadelphia (it's also known as the French district) and the Warwick does a nice job of blending in as a contemporary boutique one of a kind full service hotel with high-art historical nods though it's a Radisson. The two partner restaurants are a bonus, and the lobby--conversation between two brothers wallpaper and chic 365 days a year white fireplace-- is instagram worthy.


301 rooms, 14 junior suites, 2 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 215-735–6000;800-333–3333

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