Philly has a lot of reasons to visit, including some of the best restaurants in the country and now, a proper luxury hotel with the The Four Seasons Philadelphia in the towering Comcast Center. We would venture to say it’s even worth visiting just for the hotel experience itself. Here’s our review.
The hotel is almost its own neighborhood, yet 7-minute walk from Rittenhouse Square and 5-minute walk from the start of the Swan Memorial Fountain. We would classify this as central to the major attractions.
The Four Seasons Philadelphia is a towering building of 60 floors, that seems more like it would be in NYC’s financial district than in the quaint city of Philly. Its glass and steel are impressive; the lobby is on the top floor, so that means everyone gets to take in the very best views of the city. The Four Seasons is known for their lavish flowers in the lobby, and here, it’s somehow even more distinctly impressive.
In a nutshell, they are brand spanking new, modern, with views virtually out of any room in the house. They are quiet as a pin and decorated in a natural tone that reflects the modern architecture of the hotel. Closet space is ample. The regular rooms aren’t palatial, so if space is important to you, opt for a suite. With the common areas and all there is to do in Philly, you’ll probably spend more time out in the world than in the rooms themselves.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten runs the food and beverage, which is all sorts of impressive at the hotel. We would characterize the restaurants as his flex; we take him for granted in NYC but are reminded how this chef has skillz.
At the 60th floor lobby level are the bar and lounge, and a grand staircase down is the fine dining restaurant. With its mirrors, glass, steel and modern décor, this is one of the more architecturally stunning Four Seasons interiors, of any of the city hotels. Breakfast is in the where you can nosh on caviar eggs and dosas. Daytime lunch or snacks that turn into drinks are a cool, casual yet elevated vibe as you take in the stunning views. At night, the bar transforms into a sexy vibe complete with DJ – this is the place to be for drinks post dinner.
The ground floor is the chic Vernick Fish by James Beard award-winning Chef Greg Vernick. When you return home late night to the hotel, the scene is still lively and social.
The pool, gym and spa are on the 57th floor of the Four Seasons Philadelphia and don’t at all lack in views. The spa is top notch and is full in advance, so make your appointments well before you arrive. The pool is a destination, though this a family friendly hotel so expect the kids to be taking full advantage. It’s a stunning view where the water seems to flow into the Philadelphia sky. Definitely worth an afternoon and a visit to the gym.
Service is what you would expect from a Four Seasons, but yet the people are genuinely warm and friendly. You feel that people really enjoy their jobs and are proud of the property, and it shows through. We wish that more of New York, Chicago and other metropolis hotels would measure up to the level of the Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Compared to the other Philly hotels, some of which are actually nice boutique concepts, the Four Seasons Philadelphia is a fully priced $700 or so a night for a regular room. Here you pay to play. Right now in COVID, plan to make appointments for the pool, breakfast and also the bar at night. The restaurants within the hotel are just starting to reopen to full tilt, thought the staff seems ready for it.