The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
What We Love
- Regional American fare at 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge
- Serene treatments themed on creativity at the Richel D’Ambra Spa and Salon
- The impeccable downtown location right across from the stately City Hall
What To Know
- In-room dining is available 24 hours a day
- Dogs up to 30 lbs. are allowed with a non-refundable fee of $150
- Rollaway beds are available for a fee of $35
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Marble pillars and a domed rotunda harken back to the building’s days as a turn of the century bank. But the feel inside is buzzy and modern with a swank cocktail bar backed by bold fuschia panels, graphic printed rugs and banquettes in hot pink, orange and chocolate and modern chandeliers showering crystals from the ceiling. Locals and guests alike sip seasonal cocktails while DJS spin from 10-1:30 am Thursdays and Fridays with live music from 6:30-10 pm on Wednesdays. Organic, local ingredients inspire the regional American fare on offer at the bistro. And guests unwind at the award-winning spa, which offers treatments inspired by the city’s art scene (the “curtain call” includes a hot stone massage and aromatherapy). Upstairs, rooms feel traditional Ritz with a warm palette of pumpkin, buttercup and sage, marble bathrooms with mother-of-pearl vanities, flatscreen TVs and iPod/iPhone docking stations.
In the Area
By Philly’s City Hall, the brotherly vibes have long been in effect at bars like Mcgillin’s Olde Ale House, which has been serving up house ales since the year Lincoln took office. Across the street is the modern answer the brewpub, BRU Craft & Wurst, which serves up nouveau Bavarian fare and an extensive menu of brews, including some in massive boots and others self-served from taps on the wall. The hottest table in town these days is Talula’s Garden, a pretty little aerie with a farmhouse-inspired, 10-course tasting menu that changes daily based on what’s in season. Be sure to spend some magical time exploring Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a dream world of colorful mosaics, tunnels and grottos that house a community art center.
How to Get There
We were in town for the weekend,doing the tourist thing... Great location for walking, about a mile from Independence Hall area. Directly across the street from Capital Grille, with several other nice restaurant options close. Easy Uber ride to Philadelphia Museum of Art.
We booked with Fine Hotels and Resorts, through AmEx, and were extending all the benefits. Breakfast included was fantastic- very tasty and good portions. We were also upgraded to a one bedroom suite with a great view (it was wheelchair accessible, but we appreciated the extra space).
All of the staff helping us were fantastic! No issues, genuinely friendly and interested in making our stay enjoyable... check in and check out were easy, no problems.
The only minor issue we had was a missed wake up call. It caused us to run a little late, but could have been a major issue for someone catching a flight.
Beautiful hotel with helpful and friendly staff at the door and at check-in. Our room was nice with a gorgeous view. Clean, quiet, and comfortable. The minibar was a bit pricey. Location is great for everything you might need. Close to numerous restaurants within walking distance. Nice bar in the lobby although service was a bit slow. Coffee in the lobby every morning was a nice touch. Would definitely stay here again.
For a Ritz Carlton, the service and room we’re just average. I was very disappointed as an Ambassador level guest, that I was not offered anything more than anybody else would get at a Ritz Carlton. I asked several times including at the front desk and before my stay with the Ambassador if they would upgrade me to the concierge level. I was told very sternly over the phone personally, and then by my ambassador that this is not done at this hotel, when it is done at many others across the country. Turn down service was spotty, as it happened one of the three nights during my stay. I would say that if you want a great location this is a good hotel for that. If you are going to pay a lot of money to stay here, I would suggest that you downgrade into another hotel that would give you equal if not better service and better value especially as an elite member of Marriott.