Four Seasons is a mainstay luxury hotel brand, but its properties aren’t identical. Some locations are uninspired and devoid of personality, while others make for memorable stays.
After a recent visit, I have no doubt that Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center is a prime example of the latter. Following the closure of the original Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, the brand debuted its new location in 2019 in the Comcast Technology Center, the city’s tallest building. It occupies the top 12 ﬂoors of the 60-story tower, and the unobstructed views of the skyline on the elevator ride to check-in are a hint of the impressive experience ahead.
As soon as I stepped into the lobby, I was struck by the architecture and interiors. The acclaimed British architect Norman Foster is behind the airy, contemporary aesthetic that includes bronze colors and materials, triple-height ceilings, a staircase ﬂanked by two black stone walls with ﬂowing water, and a glowing onyx wall behind the reception desk. Jeff Leatham, the storied ﬂoral designer, is the hotel’s artistic director and creator of the stunning ﬂoral arrangements throughout the public spaces. The 219 rooms have a similarly chic vibe.
The property may not be brand-new, but it has upped the game recently with additional amenities for business travelers, many of whom tend to stay in the 39 suites. All rooms can now be equipped with longer and wider desks, Bluetooth and color ink printers, more power strips with USB chargers, and laptop trays with a wireless mouse and keyboard—not to mention sleek Herman Miller ergonomic chairs.
And there are other extras for guests with business on their mind, including access to a Tesla Model X house car for complimentary rides around town and an Express Lunch option in the property’s mobile app for in-room dining delivered in 30 minutes or less. I stayed in a Skyline Corner suite that featured one and a half bathrooms, ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar and a curved sofa where I could stretch my legs and easily pass an evening working or watching a movie while sipping a good wine.
The room also had several Leatham ﬂoral displays but one stood out, overﬂowing with red roses near a bathtub that overlooked the city. I’m not the type of person who usually takes baths, but with a setting like this it was hard not to partake, even for only a short soak. Then I did manage to leave the retreat of my suite to see what the rest of the hotel had to offer.
The 57th-ﬂoor spa, with more than 700 pounds of healing crystals studded in the walls, was tops for me. It featured a large ﬁtness center, lap pool, saunas and steam rooms and treatment rooms for facials, massages and other services. A deep tissue massage relaxed my achy muscles after a week of heavy workouts, and I immediately dozed off in the serene relaxation room.
Dining at the hotel presented a dilemma. Should I have dinner at the upscale Jean-Georges, the 59th-ﬂoor showcase for the famous chef’s cuisine? Or should I opt for the ground-ﬂoor Vernick Fish, a seafood spot that’s among Philadelphia’s buzziest restaurants? In the end, I managed to get a ﬂavor of both: drinks and breakfast at JG SkyHigh, a lively and more casual Jean-Georges outpost on the 60th ﬂoor with live music in the evenings, and dinner at Vernick Fish. My sea-bream crudo and simply seared scallops were delicious and allowed the quality of the seafood to shine.
The polished but warm service at Four Seasons Comcast Center rounded out my outstanding stay. Whether it’s for work or play, I look forward to coming again. fourseasons.com