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
Parking on site
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Rittenhouse Square stalwart given a $10 million touch-up, with a clubby new Library Bar and top restaurant
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.