Ideally situated in prestigious Rittenhouse Square and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Warwick combines rich history, tradition, and original architecture with modern, edgy design. Warwick Rittenhouse is a Philadelphia hotel with a story.
Our hallowed halls are filled with stories of famous actors, athletes, politicians, U.S. Presidents, and even an occasional organized crime boss. Since 1928, the historic Warwick hotel has hosted prominent guests like Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner (who even spent her honeymoon with us), Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, and Sidney Poitier.
In 1947, the Ben Franklin House attracted attention for refusing to accommodate the Brooklyn Dodgers, who had stayed at the hotel for years, because of the including of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American played in Major League Baseball. The Warwick opened its doors to the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming their permanent accommodations.
During the 1938 and the 1948 elections both the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention used the Warwick’s facilities. Plus, in 1976 the Warwick was the site of the Philadelphia headquarters for Morris Udall’s primary campaign and the Carter-Mondale campaign.
The Warwick represents an architectural style prevalent in the 1920’s. 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.