Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups, proudly announces the conversion of the Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. The hotel will become the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia by late summer 2013. The 301-room historic hotel, situated in the prestigious Rittenhouse Square district of Philadelphia, will undergo a $17 million renovation that will include a redesign of all guestrooms and corridors, as well as the hotel's grand lobby to reflect Radisson Blu's signature, contemporary style while maintaining the charm and heritage of the landmark property. The hotel will remain open throughout the conversion.

The rebranding of the hotel marks the fourth Radisson Blu property in the Americas and is part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's Ambition 2015 growth strategy. Ambition 2015 is fueled by an investment program of up to $1.5 billion focused on positioning Radisson in North America as a powerful, globally consistent, first-class brand. Recognized around the world for its leading-edge design, Radisson Blu delivers upper upscale hospitality.

“The expansion of the Radisson Blu brand to Philadelphia, an international business and cultural center, is a key step in our Ambition 2015 strategy,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Radisson, Americas. “For more than 86 years, The Warwick has been a symbol of distinctive hospitality, and as an owned and managed hotel, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is thrilled to continue its legacy of excellence as a Radisson Blu.”

Originally opened in 1926, the center city hotel features 301 spacious guest rooms, including four suites; a 2,000-square-foot fitness center; 17,000 square feet of event space; and three dining venues. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and, in keeping with Radisson's commitment to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, the property has been recognized by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program with a 4 Green Key rating. The hotel is also the recent recipient of the prestigious TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for its consistent, outstanding reviews from travelers.

With 272 hotels in operation and 86 under development throughout the world, Radisson Blu is an upper upscale hotel brand with flagship properties in prime locations and in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations. Radisson Blu pushes accepted boundaries to create iconic buildings with individual interiors invoking an inviting, exciting ambience and offering a holistic experience that is totally relevant to now. Its vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality is characterized by a unique Yes I Can!SM service philosophy, and all of its first class hotels offer a range of World of Radisson features that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee.