Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel 220 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, (215) 735-6000, www.radissonblu.com
cost: Rooms starting at $249.
drive time: 30-45 minutes.
the scoop: Summer is a great time to check out the remarkable multimillion-dollar transformation of Center City’s 88-year-old Warwick Hotel. The grand lobby has undergone a stunning makeover that retains the historic elegance of the original English Renaissance-style architecture.
amenities: All 301 guest rooms have been redesigned and outfitted with Sleep Number beds, 32-inch flat-screen televisions, granite bathrooms and fridges. Enjoy free bottled water, Lavazza coffee and wireless Internet.
don’t miss: This year’s Wawa Welcome America Festival, which begins June 28 and ends July 4 with fireworks and “the largest free concert in America,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, the Roots and other acts.