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
- 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
My husband and I live and work in the area and we make it a point to try and stay a night in town every few months for a mini vacation without the kids. Our 'go to' hotel is the Westin (5+ stars all around) but my husband decided to surprise me this past stay with the Ritz. The first impression is pretty great, the main bar is awesome and the atmosphere created in the lobby is very welcoming. We first went to drop our bag and unfortunately the king suite was much less impressive. The room was small, I'd say about half of what you'd get for much less $$ at the Westin, and the bed was just ok. The bathroom was larger but no tub, just a large stand in shower. We put that aside and went back to the hotel bar to have some drinks and bar apps. We ordered the seafood sampler that came with shrimp, oysters and poke...per the menu, when our food arrived we were served 2 shrimp and 4 oysters (for $28). When I asked about the poke the bartender was quick to respond and he returned with the missing food but was equally quick to blame it on a shift change in the kitchen. We each had 3 drinks and used a card to pay rather than putting the items on our room. When we got back to the room we realized we were charged for 4 drinks each, my husband called the front desk and we were told that it would be taken care of with no explanation needed. We went about our night and had a mostly enjoyable stay. Here we are now 5 days after our stay and we have yet to be refunded for the extra charge which I now have to call and try to rectify again. So while the stay was fine I would say for what you hear about the Ritz and the price you are paying I was expecting much more as far as overall quality of the room, the food and service. What I will say is that everyone work there was very nice and hospitable, but it's just not worth the money. There are better hotels in Philadelphia that cost far less.
the hotel location is great...You can walk to to the love park or two blocks down to JC Penny. And its close to all the attractions, Museum, Train station and 20 mins from Airport. The hotel is good, nice and comfy.. Rooms are good.. no disturbance.. I recommend the hotel
My daughter and I enjoyed our visit. Centrally located near beautiful city hall. Beds comfortable, bathrooms a great size for a downtown hotel with a separate soaking tub and shower. Staff friendly and helpful. Easy walk to Reading Terminal Market and nice stroll to Rittenhouse Square. We also walked to independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, only using taxi to and from the airport.
Very friendly and competent bartenders ... excellent non-alcoholic drinks (and alcoholic ones too ...) and excellent food (not even as expensive as one would expect ....). A real positive surprise in this sense.
I guess the hotel rooms are the same. Location is impressive: Greek Ionic columns around you ... one can start to meditate or peripathetically move around ....
Great hotel in a great location close to everything if you are a tourist. I attended a wedding there. My room was a spacious corner room on the 25th floor. The view was spectacular with the willam Penn right outside my window. The bathroom was large with a shower and bathtub and the marble was so luxurious. The front desk was so welcoming and offered me the upgraded suite and 4 pm check out since I am a platinum member.