Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Rate includes daily continental breakfast and a free evening wine reception
- A stay here is like having your own apartment in the heart of Philadelphia
- Located just off Rittenhouse Square and housed in a 1900s carriage house
- Teched-out rooms to match any business hotel, but an atmosphere that’s good for romance too
What To Know
- Ask the knowledgeable staff to recommend a local restaurant for lunch or dinner
- Because the hotel has only 23 rooms, specific bedding is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; please call the hotel directly to confirm bedding after purchase
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- Free WiFi
Georgian grandeur with all the modern comforts, 1715 Rittenhouse is housed in a 1900s carriage house on its namesake square. Designed by Walter Cope, best known for the Gothic edifices that grace U. Penn, Princeton and Bryn Mawr, the building — along with the houses flanking it, which have been incorporated into the hotel — remains delightfully original. It’s behind the brick façade that the property reveals the fruits of an immaculate transformation into a full-service 23-room inn.
Bed and Bath
The surprisingly spacious rooms and suites have sparkling marble bathrooms (most of which have glass-encased rain showers) and central heating and cooling. The decor mimics turn-of-the-century style but stays fresh and uncluttered to make room for such high-tech requirements as plasma TVs, iPhone docks, work stations and WiFi. The Standard Room has more than enough space for two, as well as a tub/shower combination in the bathroom.
A stay here is like having your own apartment in the heart of Philadelphia, but with one important upgrade: a small and mighty staff. It’s on call 24/7, whether you’re stumbling home after enjoying a Phillies victory or heading out on an early morning train. And you never leave 1715 Rittenhouse without a hearty breakfast, which is served in the basement dining room. Pastries, fruit, yogurt, coffee and a paper are free.
In the Area
Philly lives in Rittenhouse Square, a hub with shops, restaurants and red brick row houses arranged in spokes pointing in all directions. Journey through Isaiah Zagar’s Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, a mosaicked sculpture garden spanning half a block made from recycled glass, bicycle wheels and handmade tiles. For a day of free sightseeing, take a stroll along the city section of the Schuylkill River, past Boathouse Row, for one of the most beautiful views of the skyline and (in spring) huge bursts of cherry blossoms. Hit the Philadelphia Art Museum on a Sunday, when it’s “pay what you wish” at one of the country’s largest museums (with a phenomenal permanent collection), minus the huge crowds. And, yes, this is where Rocky ran up the stairs. On the dining front, Parc Brasserie, in Rittenhouse Square, pays tribute to French café culture. The breakfast and brunch menus are favorites among locals, and you may run into a who’s who of Philly society while dining there. Or try to score a reservation at Tinto Wine Bar, a tapas-centric restaurant run by Iron Chef Jose Garces.
How to Get There
Great stay with my husband at this Boutique hotel. Has a feel of a bed and breakfast but the amenities of a lux hotel. Perfect location as it is in close walking distance to most attractions including great restaurants, historical sites and shopping. Very quiet and safe street and surroundings. My husband and I strolled throughout the area well past midnight and felt secure. Only compliant but not a deterrent is the lack of a refrigerator in the room to store beverages and leftovers. Otherwise clean and comfortable stay in a beautiful city and highly recommend!
I would stay here on every visit to Philadelphia! The room was immaculate. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was one of the most clean I have ever experienced. We would definitely stay here again. It is located on a very high end area with shops and events on the square. When we arrived there was a weekly Farmers Market happening which we took full advantage of. Live music, artisans and fresh produce! What an amazing place!
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lovely hotel, welcoming staff, delicious coffee, historic building on quiet street near Rittenhouse Square, near many restaurants, shops. They offer wine around 5pm, and fruit and coffee for breakfast.
We never realized this bougique hotel could bring us so much fun, we love it and definitely will come back again and again.
1). Safety: we literally walked on the street in midnight and saw people either getting out of the bar or hailing in, singing, laughing but no fighting.
2). Private: There's secret patio inside the hotel. It's tiny but very quiet that really helps relax for both physically and mentally. Once you stay a while you might think you were still in your sweet home. Yes, the feeling like your lovely home.
3). Friendly stuff, tons of post mentioned this, I would say this is 100% true!
4). Hotel stays in a very convenient location, like center of the city, easily walk to city park, restaurant/China town, bars, Penn school, almost everything around this area, plus gauranteed a pleasant walking experience since you could learn a lot of history just stepping out of the door.
5). Price is quite reasonable considering to maintain such a nice hotel.
It was a pleasure to stay in a hotel that felt like home, not a chain. The staff were all friendly and helpful, there were common rooms to relax, evening wine, and a nice continental breakfast. The location is excellent but off the main streets, so it was relatively quiet. Cannot recommend this place more highly.