Philadelphia's classic full-service hotel

Philadelphia is a city of many stories, and a stay at The Rittenhouse reflects the area’s multifaceted vibe: historic and elegant, yet modern and full of life, with a central location that gives quick access to all of the city’s sites, restaurants and neighborhoods.

Sitting on green-filled Rittenhouse Square, the hotel has a tony and urban locale, but inside, it feels fresh and intimate. Opened in 1989, the hotel got a makeover in summer 2013 that unveiled a softer palette of tans and woods and five new contemporary suites that look out on the square. As part of the renovation, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel debuted The Library Bar, a sleek, dark spot where you can sit in a gold leather barstool and enjoy The RH (a whiskey sour lightly sweetened that’s garnished with housemade dried figs) and over-the-top appetizers such as fingerling potato chips with Osetra caviar and crème fraîche for dipping. Plus, the new Rittenhouse Spa & Hair by Paul LaBrecque will debut in 2014.

While the Philadelphia hotel has a new sheen, the stalwarts are still there: Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse serves one of the best brunches in the city, with options such as smoked white chocolate grits with whiskey cherries and braised short rib pad Thai. Smith & Wollensky turns out juicy USDA Prime steaks and filets, while Mary Cassatt Tea Room pours tea in elegant white china as part of its afternoon service. And most important, the service at the luxury hotel continues to be polished, but never unfriendly.

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