Whether you are visiting from afar or just taking a mini break from the demands of home, staying in a hotel is a lush experience. Towels as thick as the city Yellow Pages. Duvets fluffy with a million soft goose feathers. Jaw-dropping views of the city’s twinkling lights. Enjoy the decadent details of these top destinations, the haute five hotels in Philly.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
There are plenty of musts when it comes to your ideal hotel, but at the top of everyone’s list is location. The Rittenhouse wins that war with prime real estate on the city’s popular Rittenhouse Square. Guests enjoy being a hop from haute dining and shopping, but the prime perk is the view upper floor guestrooms enjoy of the tree-dotted park below. Other amenities include rooms outfitted with tasteful, traditional linens and furniture and access to the hotel’s Adolf Biecker Salon & Spa delish dining spot Lacroix. The full package as garnered the hotel numerous awards, including the AAA Five Diamond award and coveted spots on Travel & Leisure‘s Top 100 Hotels in the World and Top 10 Hotels in the Continental U.S.
The Rittenhouse Hotel is located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, 215.546.2000, www.rittenhousehotel.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
You don’t even have to check in to your room to start falling in love with this luxurious property. Formerly the home of the Girard Trust Company Bank, the lobby’s soaring marble rotunda is the perfect spot to lounge with the morning paper or enjoy an evening cocktail. Rooms are elegant with pops of modern color and style, many with stunning views of nearby City Hall. Enjoy the special treats, like the bath menu and butler, then head downstairs for supper at the hotel’s 10 Arts Bistro, owned by famed Chef Eric Ripert.
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is located at 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, 215.523.8000, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Philadelphia.
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
It’s been awhile since Philadelphia welcomed a new hotel, so weren’t we pleased when Kimpton brought this lovely lady to Center City. The only LEED-certified hotel in the city, the Hotel Palmar blends green ideals with a hip, boutique feel. Sleek lines and crisp patterns make the rooms plush and posh, and original artwork gives the spaces pop and personality. Book a spa room to indulge in a massive Fiji soaking tub, or order up a masseuse for an in-room session. Your pamper pooch is even welcome here, making the Hotel Palomar a true home away from home.
The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is located at 117 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, 215.563-5006, www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a city steeped in history, and it’s apparent that tradition is valued here. A prime example is the lovely Four Seasons off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a hotel that showcases classic taste and timeless elegance. For years it has been a destination in itself, whether for Mother’s Day Tea in the delectable Fountain Restaurant or a wedding weekend in the courtyard and crystal-laced ballroom. Rooms are perfectly outfitted with modern conveniences and tasteful furnishings. Request a balcony suite with a sweeping view of the Swann Memorial Fountain and Parkway beyond.
The Four Seasons Philadelphia is located at One Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215.963.1500, www.fourseasons.com/philadelphia.
Morris House Hotel
If you are looking for an escape, something a little more secluded and a little more personal, then head to the Morris House Hotel. Tucked away in the quiet Society Hill neighborhood, the 1787 home has been converted into 15 special guestrooms, each with distinct personality and charm. Period fireplaces and hardwood floors mix with more current editions like Godiva chocolates and wireless Internet. Load up with complementary breakfast in the morning before you walk the cobblestoned streets leading to the historical district nearby.
Morris House Hotel is located at 225 South Eighth Street, Philadelphia, 215.922.2446, www.morrishousehotel.com.