Hotel Within Walking Distance of Shops, Restaurants, and Historic Sites
It’s easy to explore the historic landmarks and bustling downtown areas of Philadelphia on foot—the city was named the fifth-most walkable in the country by Walk Score, a website that ranks US cities by walkability. Get to know the pedestrian-friendly downtown by heading to Rittenhouse Square, just one block from the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel. This spacious public park is lined with boutiques, restaurants, and outdoor sculptures; it’s also home to Avenue of the Arts, an expansive entertainment district where you can go shopping or take in a ballet performance in a historic theater.
The hotel is in a historic building that blends Victorian architectural details—the lobby features elaborate crown molding with gilt accents and a central chandelier—with modern amenities. There’s free WiFi throughout and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center with LCD TVs and iPod hookups on all aerobic equipment. The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel also earned a four-key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program for being an industry leader in water- and energy-conservation programs.
You can grab a quick breakfast at The Coffee Bar, which brews fair-trade and organic coffees, or head to Tavern 17 for hearty American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients (click here to view the Groupon for Tavern 17). The hotel’s upscale steak house The Prime Rib serves roasted organic chicken and USDA Prime steaks in a dining room set with high-back leather chairs, Louis Icart lithographs, and a grand piano that hosts a live pianist every evening.
Philadelphia’s Center City: Historic Landmarks and Art Museums
The historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown Philadelphia, dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also home to Independence National Historical Park known as America’s most historic square mile due to all the notable landmarks in the vicinity. Tour Independence Hall or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready. The nearby National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding displayed on a 360-degree screen, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Seven blocks from the hotel, you can scale the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa once pumped his fists victoriously. Inside, the massive museum’s holdings range from ancient Chinese art to famous paintings from Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh. Less than a mile away, visit the shops of Historic Antique Row, which stock everything from Oriental rugs to vintage clothing.
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