The Rittenhouse Philadelphia
What We Love
- Location on Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s premier city park
- Concierge services provided by Philly insider and Clefs d’Or member Frank Marandino
- The all new Library Bar and Mary Cassatt Tea Room
- Artworks by Mary Cassatt
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Philadelphia
What To Know
- The fitness center, pool and spa are currently closed for renovation and will reopen in spring 2014 (but there's a temporary gym on the mezzanine level and guests also have access to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue)
- Pet-friendly, with an additional $150 fee
- Make reservations in advance for Lacroix, one of the city’s best restaurants
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Behind an angular glass and concrete façade, the Rittenhouse Hotel is a stalwart of parkside luxury, festooned in marble and dripping with crystal chandeliers and original art, including paintings by Mary Cassatt. The service matches the scene, from the doormen to the front desk to the concierge, Clefs d’Or member Frank Marandino, a Philly insider who can score you reservations at the hotel’s own Lacroix restaurant or recommend the best food stall at the city’s Reading Terminal Market.
Bed and Bath
Starting at 450 square feet, all of the 116 guestrooms are suites by this city’s standards, and the hotel’s standard Park and City View Rooms clock in at 600 square feet of living space. All guestrooms have spacious marble bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and tubs. The property is directly on Rittenhouse Square, and every room has bay windows that provide spectacular views.
In a city known for its food, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse is a standout both for its progressive international cuisine and its setting in an open, window-walled room above the park. Chef Jon Cichon’s kitchen plates dishes that incorporate myriad ingredients and preparations, including waygu shortrib with celery root, Brussels sprouts and persimmon, and octopus with sweet potatoes and mussels. The restaurant’s Sunday brunch is legendary, and for good reason: The spread ranges from a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar to an extensive raw fish bar to crispy duck confit and classic egg dishes.
In the Area
Enjoy the hotel’s collection of works by Mary Cassett, and then head out to take in the rest of Philadelphia world class art scene. Start your odyssey at Ben Franklin Parkway’s western terminus, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and check out works such as Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal. Next go on to the Rodin Museum, where you can consider some 140 bronzes, marbles and plasters representing every phase of the sculptor’s career. Hidden in a suburban mansion until May 2012, Albert C. Barnes’ $25 billion, 800-piece collection of Impressionist and Modernist works is now on show at the Barnes Foundation, a spectacular building where visitors can enjoy paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and van Gogh, among others. You’ll have to venture farther south for one of Philadelphia’s greatest works of art, Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens. This mosaicked sculpture garden made from recycled glass, handmade tiles, bicycle wheels, metal scraps and other miscellany stretches for more than half a block of bustling South Street, Philadelphia’s strip of bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques.
How to Get There
I lived in Philadelphia for 15 years and I love to come back & visit when I can. I have stayed everywhere imaginable (Four Seasons, Kimptons, Ritz, etc) and the Rittenhouse Hotel is by far the best. The rooms have incredibly comfy beds with beautiful views of the park. The bathroom is huge with high quality fluffy towels (you feel like you are the 1st person to use it instead of the 100th) and amazing amenities. I also think as a traveler, it is the best location - you are on located right on Rittenhouse Park and everything you might need like is only steps away.
BUT the reason I was even tempted to write a review (I never do this!) is because the staff was so incredibly accommodating and friendly. My husband and I were blown away at how great everyone was. It is simply the best hotel in Philadelphia.
If I could give it a zero star I would . The was suppose to be a couple weekend trip so every minute counts !The hotel was overbooked where we had to wait at the hotel lobby for 4 hours with no parking ! We were finally checked in 8:00 pm ! I would never stayed at this hotel again !
It’s sad folks the Rittenhouse Hotel has become average. The location is still great, Lacroix is great and that’s what maintains its status. Service is off the charts bad. Inexperienced front desk managers (2 hour wait for rooms at check in after the stated 3pm check in lobby packed with people waiting). Concierges use opentable to secure reservations; I think all of us can do that. We’ve been frequent guests (every month for past 4 months), but alas there are now hotels in this great city that put a premium on service. By the way several requests for speaking with hotel manager continue to go unanswered.
The new FourSeasons is one such place and we look forward to staying there on our next visit.