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Historic Warwick Hotel Drops Radisson Management

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It will be rebranded as the Warwick Rittenhouse

A landmark hotel in Rittenhouse Square will become independently-managed beginning tomorrow, April 1.

The Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel at 220 S. 17th Street will no longer be managed by Radisson, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. Effective tomorrow, it will become the Warwick Rittenhouse and be run by Kokua Hospitality, which is owned by the Chartres Lodging Group, LLC.

The hotel most recently underwent a $17 million renovation in 2013 when it was converted into a Radisson Blu hotel from a Radisson Plaza hotel. A 2014 New York Times review described it as "a modern European techno club — which is either good or bad depending on your taste."

The goal is to rebrand the hotel and return it to its Warwick glory days. The hotel was built in 1927 and designed by Hahn & Baylinson architects. The English Renaissance style building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and the Philadelphia Historic Register in 1995.