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
We stayed in the Rittenhouse 1715 for two nights. Our room, on the top floor, was nicely decorated, very clean and quiet despite being located beside the elevator. The Molton Brown toiletries, Frette bathrobes and complimentary water were nice touches. In addition, the complimentary wine and crackers available every evening in the lounge area was most welcome. The staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful. The only criticism I had was the very small selection of fresh fruit (apples and bananas only) and pastries available for breakfast; this is due to the size of the hotel kitchen. That being said, the hotel is located a very short distance from a number of quality restaurants and coffee shops. I would definitely consider staying in this hotel again.
Yearning for Europe but can't get away? Book an elegant room in this lovely hotel steps away from Rittenhouse Square, an oasis among historic townhouses, unique shops and fine restaurants. Our room featured burnished wood bookcases filled with great books, a fireplace, a comfortable bed with immaculate linens and a well-stocked full bath. Wine in the afternoon and a delicious breakfast added to the civility and serenity of this special hotel.
We booked the hotel online based on location, value and proximity to sights and restaurants. Very pleased with quality of room, other amenities and friendly, helpful staff. Walking distance to Rittenhouse Sq. and sights and area restaurants ,Would stay here again!
It was our first time to Philadelphia. We stayed 4 nights. The hotel was small, cute, on a quiet street, and had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable. We had a large room with a very modern bathroom. The front desk was manned 24 hours a day and were helpful with any questions we had. I even made the comment that I hadn't packed a jacket and the weather was cooler than I expected it to be. The man at the front desk (I didn't get his name) even offered me his sweater for the day! How thoughtful! The nightly wine reception was refreshing and allowed us to visit with other of the hotel guests. The only negative comment would be that the continental breakfast was much smaller than we expected. It consisted of just fruit and pastries, coffee and tea. There was a sign saying that because of a recent inspection they could only offer the fruit and pastries.
I stayed here 3 nights and it was perfect! It is a small hotel with none of glitz of the larger ones. The front staff were all wonderful and I felt like they were welcoming me home every time I returned. The room was comfortable and spacious. The downstairs self service cafe was perfect for my needs. The hotel is located on a quiet street and is itself very quiet. The neighborhood has lots of interesting restaurants and is close to major attractions. I can't say enough good things about Rittenhouse 1715.