Last updated April 30, 2021
It felt as though I was floating with the clouds as I reclined in a chaise lounge in the sunny relaxation room of the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. With the floor-to-ceiling window in front of me, I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a Saturday.
Recently awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star, in which less than 100 spas in the world have this rating, the Spa at Four Seasons Philadelphia works to ensure that your stay is memorable. With 700 pounds of crystals embedded into its walls, my experience at the Spa at Four Seasons Philadelphia was one to remember.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to an indulgent weekend of wellness, the Spa at Four Seasons Philadelphia is perfect for you.
Read about my experience at the sky-high property and why it’s now on the top of my wellness destination list.
Day 1 – Arrival and Initial Thoughts
Submit to luxury from the moment you arrive in Philly and have the hotel book a car to pick you up from the airport. The driver who picked me up from the airport made me feel fancy, valued and safe.
On this trip, I knew my safety and well-being would be prioritized.
When I arrived at the downtown hotel, I was greeted by the valets who directed me to an area in the building lobby to have my temperature screened.
Then, I traveled up an express elevator to the 60th floor, where the hotel lobby was located. There, I was greeted with a stunning view of the city.
My Room at Four Seasons Philadelphia
Once I checked in and received a colored tag to verify that my temperature was okay, I headed to my room where I considered a hotel heaven.
The rooms were both modern but cozy with curved birchwood wall panels, a deep soaking tub, full minibar, electric tea kettle and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landmarks like the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
After a long day of travel, I decided to make the most of my room, curling up in my PJs and using the in-room tablet to order juicy burgers, fries and glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
I chatted with the front desk at room service and ordered extra pillows from housekeeping to snuggle up with.
Day 2 – Room Service Meals
The next morning, I literally woke up in the clouds and couldn’t see beyond the white fluff in the window.
As I enjoyed a beautiful room service spread of frittata, green juice and bacon, I worked in the morning on the phone and on articles only to realize the clouds parted and repealed a beautiful fall afternoon.
After devouring more room service with a lunch of velvety tomato soup, chick pea hummus and a glass of rosé, it was time for my weekend to begin.
Safety is Prioritized at Four Seasons Philadelphia
Before starting my weekend adventure, I needed to have my temperature checked.
This was a daily expectation for all guests and is one component of the Four Seasons companywide Lead With Care initiative.
Included in the initiative are mask requirements, rigorous cleaning policies, and ensuring that guests are provided with items like a welcome bag that includes hand sanitizer, a mask and wipes.
Upon getting my temperature checked, I received a colored tag for the day—which represents that my temperature is okay and I am allowed to enter.
A Walk in The City
With it being fall, I headed for a walk in the city through the crunch leaves. The property is in a centralized location, making it an easy walk to many sites.
I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where I made a point to run up the famous steps from Rocky and snapped a photo with the commemorative statue.
With the sun setting soon, I headed back to the hotel to take a relaxing bath and soak in my tub.
Dinner at JG Skyhigh
I headed back to the 60th floor lounge and visited JG Skyhigh, the hotel’s restaurant, for dinner.
The property did a stellar job of making me feel safe without compromising the luxury you’d expect at a Four Seasons.
Tables were socially distanced and servers wore face shields and masks.
When I was seated, I was presented with a bag to place my mask in and wipes for my hand.
The smooth sounds of a live jazz duo and the starry Philadelphia skyline were the perfect backdrop for a dinner.
At JG Skyhigh, indulged with prosecco and tuna tartare and a slice of chocolate layer cake.
Day 3 – Morning Breakfast and Run
With the sun shining outside, I opted for sunny side up eggs, bacon and green juice in the comfort of my room.
Since my friend, Jodi, was slated to join me for a spa afternoon, I decided to get a 45-minute run in and saw a few sights including Independence Hall and Philadelphia City Hall.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Entering The Spa
I showed up to my 12:15 p.m. appointment about 30 minutes early to settle in and enjoy the relaxation room a bit.
Like every other area of this property, the spa did a stellar job of balancing safety and indulgence.
When I arrived, I was escorted into the locker room area on the 57th floor and was welcomed with natural lighting.
In my locker was the traditional robe, as well as a little package that included a brush, lotion and eucalyptus shower spray for my personal use. Sandals had all been sanitized and were individual sealed plastics bags.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the steam room wasn’t available for use, but the luxurious showers were.
Snuggled into my robe, I found a seat in one of the comfy chaise lounges in the relaxation room.
In addition to masks being required your entire visit to the spa, each person is separated by a plastic partition.
I appreciated that the spa did not sacrifice the drink and snack amenities during the pandemic. Guests can choose from individually packaged smoked almonds, chocolate-covered blueberries, water, tea or a post-treatment glass of bubbly.
Signature Spa Treatment Experience
I opted for one of the spa’s signature treatments, the Crystal Oil Massage.
As part of this treatment, I was asked a series of questions by my therapist, Amy, to determine the crystals that would be used in my 50-minute full-body massage.
By the end of my treatment, my muscles felt like butter. Amy gave me a crystal that I’d been drawn to early in the treatment to continue providing good energy once I left the spa.
My friend Jodi received the same treatment and agreed that it was phenomenal.
Post-treatment, we enjoyed a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool which overlooked the city skyline.
Dinner at Vernick Fish
Jodi and I dolled up for dinner at Vernick Fish, located inside the hotel. This restaurant is James Beard Award-Winning chef Greg Vernick’s take on an American Oyster Bar.
Jodie and I devoured oysters, torched hamachi crudo with blood orange and jalapeño, saffron and chili shrimp, and a grilled dorade with pumpkin seed and arbor chile that was spiced to perfection.
We treated ourselves to pumpkin tart and chocolate cake for dessert and every bite was an experience for our senses.
Final Evening at Four Seasons Philadelphia
Given we couldn’t grab a nightcap anywhere due to COVID-19 limitations, we did the next best thing: put on our PJs and headed up to the infinity pool to sit in lounge chairs and observe the skyline.
While we lounged and reflected on the afternoon and evening, I knew that the next day I’d be whisked back to the airport by a driver.
But, in that moment, I was immersed in my surroundings, soaking up every bit of sky-high luxury that this hotel offers, dreaming to return here soon.
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