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Guests have been known to circle Rittenhouse Square looking for a Beaux Arts building: with an uptown name and location, you’d expect the Rittenhouse Hotel to be somewhat neoclassical. This contemporary tower is the last place you’d expect it to be housed. But when you do finally pull into the circular stone entry to this Five Diamond pearl of hospitality, all prior concerns will fade away.
First Impressions of the Rittenhouse Hotel
The Rittenhouse is both hotel and residence, so when you witness the Doorman greeting guest familiarly, it’s because they live there. And who wouldn’t want to? Room service, luxury, great views of one of the most beautiful parks in Philadelphia, living here is wish fulfillment for the lucky (and moneyed) few. But even if you’re just here for one night and for the first time, this congeniality continues throughout the hotel– from reception to housekeeping staff. Rather than offer bubbly or coffee at the reception desk, you’ll be directed through the lobby into the darkly dramatic new Library Bar (from 4pm-midnight) for a complimentary sparkling wine or Cappuccino.
Aesthetics of the Rittenhouse Hotel
The lobby’s updated color scheme is muted Dorothy Draper: charcoal and chartreuse, bumblebee yellow, and sunlit in daytime.
In contrast, the new Library Bar – backlit bookshelves, black walls with black glass chandelier, and studded chocolate brown leather chairs – is a stunning and impressive place to sip a late afternoon “perk-up” Cappuccino or before-dinner cocktail with friends.
Rittenhouse Hotel Rooms
Large open rooms reflect the hush and elegance of Old Money. Blue medallion carpeting, ecru leather headboard over white, pinstripe-edged duvet, cream-colored marble bathrooms –represents classic less-is-more décor at its best. Suites are designed with individual pop and personality. In any case, ask for a view of Rittenhouse Square, a lovely small urban park beautiful in every season.
Dining at Rittenhouse Hotel
Lacroix, helmed by master chef, Jon Cichon, artist of stove and plate, is deservedly one of the top restaurants in Philadelphia. While gazing through picture windows at the action and beauty of Rittenhouse Park, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional and innovative cuisine – and the best part is, the restaurant is just an elevator ride away.
Smith & Wollensky, just off the lobby facing Rittenhouse Square, is a brand synonymous with clubby, high-end steak house. Guests of the slightly hidden Rittenhouse Hotel often find it by seeing the S & W’s green awnings first.
Room rates $359-$1600 (for suites) include complimentary wi-fi, coffee (in lobby from 5am-8am), overnight shoe-shine, morning delivery of newspaper of your choice.
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