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The Australian SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 - by Christine McCabe
FOUR SEASONS PHILADELPHIA
Guests can enjoy sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling windows over Philadelphia in the new Four Seasons Hotel.
From this newly opened "highest situated" hotel in North America, guests can enjoy sweeping views through floor-to-ceiling windows over Philadelphia from the glamorous confines of the Norman Foster-designed Comcast Center, the tallest building in the US outside New York and Chicago.
The acclaimed architect, founder of British-based Foster + Partners, also has overseen the interiors of the elegant new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, occupying the top twelve floors of the sixty-storey tower.
The lobby, accessed by glass elevators, is on the top floor, with two hundred and nineteen guestrooms below; corner suites offer views from both bath and bed. Accommodation features seamless technology from touchpad controls and three hundred channels and fifty thousand movies on demand via a voice-controlled remote thanks to telecommunications giant Comcast. Musician and record producer Brian Eno has designed a "soundscape" that plays when guests arrive in their rooms.
Throughout the hotel, massed flowers, a trademark of Four Seasons properties, are by so-called "florist to the stars" Jeff Leatham, while Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has taken up residence at the fifty-ninth-floor restaurant with a bar one floor up; the stunning atrium has twelve metre glass walls and a mirrored ceiling reflecting diners and the streets below. At ground level is a modern American oyster bar by James Beard Award-winning chef Greg Vernick.
Star turn of the fifty-seventh-floor gym and day spa is a large pool that bumps up against the tower's glass walls, providing swimmers with dizzying panoramas. From $US625 (AU$912).