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
- 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
We spent a weekend at the Rittenhouse following a late night concert down at the Citizens Bank ballpark. Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived, large room and bathroom with separate shower and tub and lovely European bath/shower amenities. Service as expected from valet to check-in. Coming back late, after midnight, from the concert, we had a dish filled with an assortment of bite-sized chocolates and a bottle of wine!! Unfortunately, as we were there for a concert and only staying one night, we didn’t get the chance to enjoy the restaurant or the Spa. We did, however, manage to use the pool for an early morning lap swim and had the pool to ourselves! The skylight and small terrace made the pool bright and gives it an open feel. The location by the Rittenhouse Square is a plus for a nice stroll, people watching and just to sit in a nice day. Upon checking out, we told ourselves we would definitely be back to this hotel the next time we are in the city. The reason, however, for this review is to comment on the service and attention I received from the staff one week post check-out. Yes, a week afterwards before I realised I was missing a few of my tops!!! Upon a search of my closet, drawers, laundry, etc...my husband asked if I had perhaps left it at the hotel?!? A call to the Rittenhouse and I was directed to Bruce who was courteous, attentive, and assured me he would look into it and call me back. Soon after, I received a call from Bruce to let me know that they do have the 3 tops I had left behind in the room. They offered to mail the items to me, but as I had to be in the city the following day, I stopped by to pick them up. The front desk was made aware I would be in when I arrived, and contacted Bruce, who personally came to meet me and delivered my tops!! The tops had sentimental values to me more than monetary values and thus, I was very appreciative to have them back and more so, that Bruce took his time and addressed my concern. My husband and I have stayed at many Leading Hotels of the World and the service is always something that stands out at these establishments...personable and often, are above expectations. Thank you Bruce!
This is an amazing hotel and my room was incredible. I did not want to leave my room! The bathroom was huge with an amazing soaking tub and separate shower. So quiet and restful...a great place to catch up on work and sneak in a visit to the spa. Love this hotel
We stayed two nights at this lovely hotel and wish we could have stayed longer. We have stayed in numerous five star hotels, and the Rittenhouse is definitely in that category. Everyone we dealt with went out of their way to be helpful, and the front desk staff was especially accommodating when I wanted to switch from a city view room to a park side room which was quieter. The room was large, clean and very comfortable. Housekeeping did an excellent job each day!
The food and drink service in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, the Library Bar and Lacroix were excellent. We enjoyed afternoon tea while waiting for our room to be ready and thought it was well done and relaxing after a drive from DC. The Newby milk oolong tea was new to us, and it has become a favorite. Breakfast, which was included in our package, was excellent; we usually order off the menu, but this buffet was worth an exception (loved the smoked salmon).
I was lucky to get a last minute massage appointment at the spa and thoroughly enjoyed the treatment.
Without hesitation, we would recommend this beautiful, well-managed hotel.
The Rittenhouse Hotel is a 4 1/2 star hotel- really really good but not quite great. The rooms are large and lovely. Nicely laid out with a sitting area and an "office nook". The bathroom has a huge shower. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The tea service was wonderful!! But there are a few little things they need to work on. There weren't enough towels to go round at the pool. Also ordering food there required searching out someone to place the order. The spa seems understaffed so that my daughter and I could not enjoy services at the same time. (We loved the person who took care of us though.) Lastly, they don't seem set up to handle families with kids who get a bit unruly at the pool. Regular gym members were pretty annoyed. All that said, we had a great time and will definitely go back.
This hotel features everything you would expect in a top-tier hotel — a spacious, comfortable room, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a very friendly staff.
The “Rittenhouse” Level rooms include a Bose sound machine, big bathrooms with a bench in the shower, and a full kitchen complete with a full bar and a mini bar. Expect a large flat screen TV and a beautiful view of the city.
The food at our conference was excellent.