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The Rittenhouse has a mix of 116 guest rooms and suites, but the sheer size of the regular accommodations (which are considered huge by city-hotel standards) makes each one feel special. Besides sitting areas and flat-screen TVs, there are dressing rooms with vanities and large bathrooms. A recent renovation of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, which unveiled new upholstery, linens and drapery, softened the color palette with pale yellows, blues and more. A Rittenhouse Square-facing space across from the spa that sat vacant was recently turned into five fantastic Park Suites, ranging from 450 to 1,330 square feet. Designer Alexandra Champalimaud (who’s done the interiors of Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and Claridge’s and The Berkeley in London) gave the third-floor suites a private hallway entrance lined with shelves carrying Philadelphia-themed books. In the suites themselves, oak wood floors and stained gray anigre millwork, wool carpets, gilded wallpaper, silk curtains, four-poster burnt oak beds, vein-cut eramosa marble kitchens complete with food prep areas and microwaves, circular dining tables and silver travertine bathrooms add glamour to the Philadelphia hotel’s usual refined look.