In 2013, this half-condo/half-hotel was converted into a sleek, contemporary member of Radisson's Blu brand a block east of Rittenhouse Square, Philly's most chic shopping and dining district. The décor is modern, all super-saturated tertiary colors and horizontal lines that emphasize the spaciousness of most rooms. (However, thanks in part to the quirks of being in a 1926 building, many of the bathrooms are a bit cramped. Also, I question the utility of the admittedly stylish sinks: They're huge, but all basin, with only the thinnest strip of counter space surrounding it.) 

There are four categories of guest room on two tracks: "Deluxe" rooms are larger than "Superior" rooms. "Business" rooms (and their lager "Executive" cousins) differ by offering such amenities as in-room espresso maker (as opposed to the old-school single-serving machines in the other rooms), more reward points per stay, and access to the hotel's Business Lounge with its free continental breakfast and evening reception. 

A trio of dining options includes the sleek, modern Tavern 17 with its artisan-style contemporary cuisine and craft beers on tap; sandwiches, soups, and other café fare at The Coffee House; and the jazzy, retro-supper club vibe of The Prime Rib.

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