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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107