Loews Hotel – Philadelphia

Loews Hotel – Philadelphia

Recently, we enjoyed an incredible culinary journey through one of the greatest Delicious Destinations in the world:  Philadelphia!  While we were in Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, we stayed at the amazing Loews Hotel, right in heart of Center City, just a few steps away from the Liberty Bell!

There are lots of things to rave about this beautiful hotel – from the spacious, hip and comfortable rooms, to the spa (I had one of the best massages of my life here), to the incredibly gracious, helpful and fun staff, to the super-cool lobby bar, to the amazing restaurant Bank and Bourbon (see the amazing food below)…but the most spectacular aspect of this glorious place is the building itself.

The 2nd skyscraper built in the U.S.
The Iconic PSFS Building

The hotel is in a truly iconic building: The PSFS Building.  The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society was a bank that was built in 1938.   Designed in the art-deco style, it is considered one of the most carefully executed buildings of modern times, and in fact, it is the first modernist building in the United States.  It was only the second building in the U.S. to have air conditioning.

At the time, people were so frightened of the effects of the air conditioning, that the architect, George Howe, slept in the bank to prove to everyone it was safe.

It is a landmark structure in the history of architecture in America.  The National Register of Historic Places states:  “For all its seemingly clear, smooth, simple surfaces and lines, the building is enormously complex beneath its surface.”

An American Landmark
An American Landmark

In the 80s, the building became an office building, and then it sat empty for many years.  When the Loews Corporation took over the building, they made a promise to retain the historical nature of the building and the infamous lights of the giant PSFS sign at the top of the building would be illuminated in the evening, which can be seen for 20 miles.

The iconic sign can be seen for miles
The iconic sign can be seen for miles

As you walk through the gorgeous hotel, you can’t help but be taken with the nuances of the original bank so perfectly preserved.  Many of the original elements are still visible, such as the massive safe on the lobby floor, as well as the original safety deposit boxes.

The lobby is amazing
The lobby is amazing

There are 36 stories.  When the building was designed and built, only the best materials available were used.  The amount of marble in the building would be completely unfeasible and not at all affordable today.

Oh, and every clock in the building is an original, and they are all manufactured by Cartier.  The place is truly remarkable.

And did I mention the service?  Impeccable.  Truly top notch.

And again, we can’t emphasize enough how much we enjoyed our dining experience at celebrated Chef Tom Harkins’ Bank & Bourbon.  So often, restaurants in hotels feel like an after-thought.  Bank & Bourbon, however, is a best-in-class restaurant that could easily be a “must-go-to” destination place without having the iconic Loews Hotel as its home-base.  Chef Harkins blends traditional, inherently American dishes with an amazing modern flair.

Bank & Bourbon is not your normal hotel restaurant
Bank & Bourbon is not your normal hotel restaurant

Look at the incredible food and drink we were served at Bank & Bourbon.   My mouth waters just looking at these dishes and we can hardly wait to return!

B&B's Famous Bourbon and Whiskey Flight - a great start!
B&B’s Famous Bourbon and Whiskey Flight – a great start!
Flash fried pork belly with   orange, fennel and pickled serrano chili
Flash fried pork belly with orange, fennel and pickled serrano chili
Foie Gras Chicken Liver Pate with Boozy Grapes and Toasted Brioche
Foie Gras Chicken Liver Pate with Boozy Grapes and Toasted Brioche
Warm corn & snap pea salad with lime dressing, sunflower brittle, shaved radish and grated goat cheese
Warm corn & snap pea salad with lime dressing, sunflower brittle, shaved radish and grated goat cheese
Roasted whole bronzino with Jersey corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, roasted fennel and asparagus in a saffron herb broth
Whole (boneless) bronzino with Jersey corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, roasted fennel and asparagus in a saffron herb broth
Dry-Aged Ribeye Cowboy Steak
Dry-Aged Ribeye Cowboy Steak
Parmesan Rosemary French Fries
Parmesan Rosemary French Fries
Warm vanilla doughnut with a brown sugar streusel with bourbon vanilla ice cream with a bourbon caramel sauce
Warm vanilla doughnut with a brown sugar streusel with bourbon vanilla ice cream with a bourbon caramel sauce
Seasonal Fruit Pan Pie with Blueberries and Lemon-Thyme Ice Cream
Seasonal Fruit Pan Pie with Blueberries and Lemon-Thyme Ice Cream
Whiskey Sour with Granddad 114 Shaken with an Egg White
Whiskey Sour with Granddad 114 Shaken with an Egg White

Our trip to Philadelphia was one of our best culinary excursions we’ve ever taken.   And trust us, staying at Loews Hotel is a big reason why we had such a stellar time.

Planning a trip to Philadelphia?  You can not go wrong at the gorgeous Loews Hotel in the iconic PSFS Building.

The lobby is awesome
The lobby is awesome

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA  19107

Phone: 215-627-1200

Reservations: 888-575-6397

Website:  http://www.loewshotels.com/philadelphia-hotel/default

 

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