alerie Ferguson, regional vice
president and managing director of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel,
calls her property "the business hotel of the 21st century."
"We are not a staid property. World music and jazz are played in
the lobby. There is live jazz every week. We have a
15,000-square-foot fitness center with an indoor pool,
strength-training and cardiovascular equipment and a nicely
appointed locker room. We didn't reconfigure guest rooms into a
Ferguson came to Philadelphia in 1998 to oversee the conversion
of the city's landmark PSFS building (headquarters of the
Philadelphia Saving Fund Society) into a Loews property.
The Loews Philadelphia celebrated its first anniversary in
"It's exciting to see this building reopen. [It has] so much
history and character," she said.
"[Despite] the economy going every [which] way, our performance
has been great. We are alive and kicking. Business is good."
The Loews Philadelphia's core guests are convention and business
travelers, according to Ferguson.
However, she expects the hotel to attract more leisure travelers
and an increase in weekend business when the Kimmel Center for the
Performing Arts and the Constitution Center make their debuts.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, set to open in
December, will be home to the city's resident orchestra and ballet
companies as well as visiting companies from around the world.
The Constitution Center is scheduled to open Sept. 17, 2002, the
215th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
The hotel has 583 guest rooms, including 55 units on the
concierge level, which also has a private lounge and library. There
are 36 suites.
All guest rooms have cordless two-line phones, high-speed
Internet access, fax/ printers, minibars, coffeemakers and
In terms of meetings space, the Loews Philadelphia has more than
40,000 square feet.
Its Millennium Ballroom offers 10,000 square feet, the Regency
Ballroom has 9,200 square feet and Commonwealth Hall has 6,200.
There are 12 freestanding function rooms that can be divided
into 23 separate rooms.
The hotel's 33rd floor was restored to its original look and
contains the Howe and Lescaze meeting rooms, which are named after
the building's architects.
There are floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace with
panoramic views of the city.
On that same floor is the Roberts Boardroom, named after the
bank's first depositor.
All of the meeting rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet
The fitness center occupies the fifth floor, and the services of
a personal trainer, a two-land lap pool, a cardiovascular area, a
fitness-and-strength area, spa treatment rooms, a sauna and a steam
room are available.
The Loews Philadelphia also offers 24-hour room service, a
business center and valet parking.
Dining options at the hotel are Restaurant at PSFS, which serves
American cuisine, and Teller's Bar and Lounge.
The hotel is located across from the Pennsylvania Convention
Center and within walking distance of City Hall, Independence Park
and other attractions.
For additional information on the Loews Philadelphia, call (215)