Philadelphia’s urban retreat with a view
10 Treatment Rooms
After the recent multi-million-dollar renovation of the nearly 15,000-square-foot Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, you may never want to leave the well-appointed, meticulously maintained wellness center. Located within Philadelphia’s The Rittenhouse Hotel, the spa is the epitome of a true urban retreat. But as tranquil as it is, you never lose sight of the city. The sun-soaked property boasts ceiling skylights and walls of windows throughout. It provides a definitive nod to the iconic park below and 360-degree views of Philly. The 30-plus organically based treatments cater to couples, brides and mamas-to-be, as well as groups and individual men and women in search of a solo sojourn. In any one of the 10 treatment rooms, beauty and bliss can be achieved with the spa’s luxe product offerings and therapeutic treatments.
There are several different areas within the Philadelphia spa, yet they all blend together quite well. The lobby is bright and airy and packed with products (expect a warm welcome accompanied by fruit-infused water and herbal tea). Once led to the spa’s treatment rooms through a candlelit hallway, the tone changes with more subdued hues and dimly lit spaces. There’s a large couples suite and another spa suite designed to host small groups up to eight people. A dark and cozy relaxation room is filled with plush wraparound sofas and luxe fabrics. Locker rooms are expansive and both the men’s and women’s have a sauna and steam room. The large atrium/indoor heated pool area is a nice spot to unwind after a treatment, but nothing beats the adjacent outdoor terrace when the weather is nice.
The luxury spa offers a bevy of treatments, including Thai and hot stone massage, reflexology, facials, detox wraps, scrubs and nail, lash and brow services. That said, there are a few standout services. The Hydrafacial MD involves a resurfacing treatment using LED light therapy to reduce signs of aging. The Quartet massage is pitch perfect for those looking for the ultimate indulgence — two therapists give a rhythmic choreographed massaged. Yet, the overall crowd-pleaser is The Rittenhouse, a classic massage that incorporates a sensuous mix of aromatherapy and bliss-inducing rubdown techniques. A Gentleman’s Treatments menu features a few ultra-pampering services for guys — we like the Black Diamond Exfoliation, which uses black diamond dust to deeply clean and reinvigorate male skin.
A big draw here is Paul Labrecque’s full-service, 3,000-square-foot salon, the only one located outside of New York City. Labrecque is a renowned stylist who has sheared a host of A-listers. Aside from runway-worthy cuts and colors, there is a two-chair private gentleman’s barbershop and grooming area. Its clubby design is a modern man cave, complete with a variety of indulgences, including selected scotch, cigars and craft brews. The signature hour-long Indulgent Shave includes a hot towel steam, straight-edge razor shave, a soothing eye mask, scalp rub and face massage and mask.
Those looking to get a sweat on, the fitness center filled with Technogym equipment, a Pilates reformer and indoor cycling bikes should do the trick. The gym, too, has fantastic views of the city through large windows. There’s also a yoga studio and fitness classes that range from cardio dance to Pilates to strength training.