A National Treasure: Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Located in what is remembered as the world’s first international style skyscraper, Loews Philadelphia Hotel has remained true to its history while seamlessly merging into the 21st century with contemporary art deco décor. Many times it can be a struggle to achieve that perfect balance; Loews has nailed it.
Loews still illuminates the famous PSFS sign atop the building in homage to its heritage as the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society. It makes sense that Loews Philadelphia is noted as one of the “World’s Best” Hotels by Travel + Leisure readers; it’s a true national treasure.
The Loews Hotel
Immediately upon arriving you are greeted by exemplary hospitality. Doorman Kevin did far more than open a door and tell us where the front desk was. He escorted us to the desk while explaining the details of the recent $25M renovation and how delicious the food is at the newly appointed Bank & Bourbon Restaurant. He highly recommended the morning coffee and afternoon snack options available in the lobby and reminded us that the concierge is very helpful for any knowledge about the city.
Looking around the lobby, one can’t help but be impressed with the amount of subdued glamour.
Original marble floors and walls with the 1932 bank vault sitting silently unused at the edge of the room. Take a turn around the corner to enter a marble hallway with elevators on both sides; be sure to hop on the right side – the left elevators deliver you to offices, not to one of the 581 renovated rooms. Every floor of the hotel is home to custom-designed Cartier clocks, ensuring the grandeur flows throughout all 35 floors.
Once in your room, you will immediately feel that you are back in the 21st century with all of the modern amenities including a computer desk and mini bar. Mid-afternoon, you can expect a special delivery to your room, something we have dubbed as a “Taste of Philadelphia”: Hanks Root Beer and chocolate covered pretzels.
Take a few moments to enjoy the spectacular view from your room before rejuvenating from your travels in the 15,000 square foot spa where you can enjoy a variety of full-service treatments, hair salon, fitness center and twenty-meter, two-lane heated lap pool. You won’t want to leave!
The city awaits to be explored, but not before a 360 degree terrace view from Loews’ 33rd floor.
The 33rd floor delivers you back in time to 1932, when the PSFS Building was still Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, featuring framed photography of the original building and redesigned furniture that stays true to the PSFS décor and reminds you just how unchanged the building is.
Before venturing out into the city with map in hand, stop by the concierge desk for insight on the best places to visit. John knows anything and everything there is to know in Philadelphia and can place a few calls to get you on “the list” if necessary.
After an afternoon discovering Philadelphia, it’s time to return to Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s Bank & Bourbon Restaurant for dinner. Prepare to savor some of the most delicious Philadelphian cuisine.
Bank & Bourbon
Located at the ground-level adjacent to the lobby in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Chef Thomas Harkins has designed a modern American menu with an extensive bourbon program.
Foie Gras served with drunken grapes and brioche toast or Crispy Pork Belly for an appetizer.
With several seasonal entrees to select from, steak is highly recommended served with seasoned fingerling potatoes.
For dessert all options should be considered, but you should absolutely order the house-made doughnut served with vanilla ice cream and topped with freshly made bourbon sauce. You will never be the same again after a meal from Bank & Bourbon.