by John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After more than 30 years, Philadelphia’s luxurious Four Seasons hotel, near the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on Logan Circle, is closing its doors for good tomorrow.

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The Four Seasons is scheduled to reopen in 2018 in the upper floors of the Comcast Innovation Center, now under construction at 18th and Arch Streets.

But today, longtime customers were at the hotel, saying goodbye.   Many say the Four Seasons Philadelphia was a palace for doing business, for fine dining, and for celebrations.

Real estate agent Laurie Phillips (at left in top photo) has been a regular there for more than three decades. She brought clients there, she even got married there.  And she was one of the last guests to book a room there.

Today, we caught up with her in the hotel’s restaurant, enjoying the Four Seasons’ iconic chocolate soufflé

“I noticed all of the people around me were people who were coming to say goodbye,” she told KYW Newsradio.  “They were people who also had private time here, had business meetings here, (or) had special occasion here.”

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Did she feel like she was saying goodbye to an old friend?

“It’s saying goodbye to a family member,” she replied.

Former mayoral candidates Anthony Williams and Lynne Abraham were also among Four Seasons visitors saying goodbye today — separately.

Another luxury hotel brand will take over at the 18th and Race Street locale by year’s end.


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