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
I stayed at the Ritz Carlton for a weekend and had a great time. The staff were friendly and the hotel was lovely. The layout to get to the rooms from the front desk was a little strange and the gym was too small. The rooms were spacious and thoughtful and they attended to every detail.
Will be back for sure
This hotel is blessed with a beautiful historic building, great rooms and great service. Some things disappoint: closed and dirty restrooms in the public spaces and some tired looking places. But the place is a sanctuary in the city and gorgeous to look at. Ryan the bartender is an asset and lives up to the premium service and character expected at places such as this.
Right from the start I was impressed by this hotel. The staff was amazing, so helpful and just all around plesent. The hotel itself was beautiful, the rooms decadent and the location can't be beat. Would love to go back!
I think the Philadelphia Ritz is undergoing quite a bit of an identity crisis. The issues started the morning of our stay; when we got a call claiming that the one-bedroom suite that we booked was unavailable—the manager promised to personally see to the issue when we arrived...she was gone by the time we arrived (before our scheduled check-in). The world-class service that Ritz claims to offer was nowhere to be seen. We hoped that our suite would at least hold-up to the standards we hold the Ritz too after numerous stays with them all over the world. It did not! The classic elegance Ritz’s suites are known for us absent, and the rooms seem displaced from an average Marriott hotel. The clunking of the elevator shaft right behind the paper thin walls did not help. On our way out to dinner we requested to the front desk that our room be turned down with the sofa bed made ready to accommodate our teenage daughter. Almost two hours later, when we returned after dinner, it was still not turned down! Three phone calls later, a confused housekeeper came with a thin blanket and a pillow, not the three duvets and three pillows we requested. She then had to go “find” even one duvet, leaving our exhausted teen without a place to sleep after a day of school, work, and travel, and a college tour early in the morning. We are still waiting at the moment. The service here shames the Ritz brand and would be better fit at a Hotel 6, but even there it would be an embarrassment.
We stayed at the hotel while my husband attende a convention.
The hotel is centrally located, right next to city hall. It is an old elegant neoclassical building where it’s bar and lobby reflect its glamour.
The rooms are ok, we initially got a smaller room in a lower floor and when we complained that this was not what we had reserved, we were immediately moved to a higher and bigger room.
The room was nice and spacious but it did not feel special and definitely not glamorous, it’s a typical 5 star chain hotel.
Service is very courteous.