The Latham Hotel
What We Love
- Happy hour at the ground-level Urban Enoteca, with cocktails such as the “17th and Walnut” (rum, passion fruit, blossom honey and prosecco)
- With large work desks, plenty of outlets and Keurig coffee machines, the hotel is great for business travelers
- Free car service in an Audi A8
- Top-notch Gilchrist and Soames bath products
- Modern, spacious rooms that have tall ceilings, bay windows and big bathrooms
What To Know
- Located on a busy city corner, but the prime location means it's within walking distance of Philly’s best restaurants and shops
- Originally a 14-story stone apartment building in 1907, the hotel was renovated tip to tail in 2012, but period artifacts were preserved
- Free WiFi
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The city’s elite have long favored this corner of Walnut and 17th Street. Philanthropist William Bucknell’s mansion was here, giving way to a 14-story stone apartment building in 1907. The Latham’s moneyed residents converted the building into a hotel for discerning business travelers in 1970. The hotel was renovated tip to tail in 2012; period artifacts were preserved, but the space was infused with modern materials and a masculine color palette. The 139-room hotel’s residential roots are visible in the muted entry, which is attended by fastidious doormen, and the comfortable, functional lobby, which mixes classic Victorian lines with rich purples, stainless steel light fixtures and glass walls.
Bed and Bath
The Latham’s luxury apartment bones have bestowed the spacious guestrooms with tall ceilings, bay windows and big bathrooms. The gold and gray color scheme is complemented by pops of blue, all illuminated by natural light streaming through large picture windows. The focus remains on the business traveler, with large work desks, plenty of outlets, Keurig coffee machines and free WiFi. Though plenty big, most bathrooms keep it simple with a tub/shower combination; all are stocked with top-notch Gilchrist and Soames products.
Don’t miss happy hour at the ground-level Urban Enoteca, which opens onto bustling Walnut Street. Craft cocktails such as the “17th and Walnut” (rum, passion fruit, blossom honey and prosecco) are served with tapas by chef Greg Sage. Try the luscious lump crab cakes, indulge in the lobster bisque or share the crispy calamari. The on-site fitness center is small but state-of-the-art — just be sure to bring to your A-game, as you and your workout are on view from the busy intersection below.
In the Area
The Latham is a prime perch for shopaholics, putting them on the hottest retail strip in the city. Start with shoes at Ubiq Philadelphia, outside of which sneakerphiles regularly camp out for the hottest kicks in the country, like the rad Nike Air Raid. If something a bit more elegant is required, stop in at KnitWit, a locally owned boutique offering the latest styles by the likes of Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang. Whether you’re traveling with kids or need a gift bring home to your wee ones, Born Yesterday stocks the city’s best selection of locally designed baby and kids clothes. Dinner in Rittenhouse Square is a treat; enjoy a leisurely repast overlooking the square at Parc Brasserie, which pays tribute to French café culture. The breakfast and brunch menus are favorites among locals, and you may run into a who’s who of Philly society while dining there. Or try to score a reservation at Tinto Wine Bar, a tapas-centric restaurant run by Iron Chef Jose Garces.