Saveur Magazine is out with their Culinary Travel Awards 2014. Locally the Inn at Little Washington made the list as Outstanding in the Best Hotel Restaurant Fewer than 100 Rooms category. Washington, DC is listed as Notable in the Best Culinary Destination, Small Domestic category.
1715 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Charming | $$$
We recently celebrated my wife’s birthday with a weekend trip to Philadelphia. While searching for a nice place to stay in the Center City area I found the charming Rittenhouse 1715. A cozy boutique hotel located a half block from Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia’s arts district.
The staff takes great pride in the hotel and decorates seasonally.
The hotel is a four story 1911 mansion accommodating 8 guest rooms and 2 suites. The rooms are beautifully appointed with antiques, luxurious linens, and marble baths with terrycloth shower curtains. While it may look like you are stepping back in time each room has wireless Internet and large plasma TVs.
A 24-hour concierge service is offered as well as a complimentary Continental Breakfast in their delightful little basement café.
If you are looking for something more substantial for breakfast they offer an assortment of fresh made items. I selected a delicious bacon and egg breakfast sandwich. The coffee was full bodied and just what I like to start the day.
My wife had fresh squeezed orange juice and a omelet. The coffee, juices, pastry and made to order items are of the highest quality and expertly prepared.
If you are driving to the hotel know that street parking is limited in the neighborhood. The staff recommends a garage 2 blocks away that has a reasonable daily rate. You will not find a more professional friendly hotel staff anywhere in Philadelphia. Everyone was helpful with directions, umbrellas, and arranging car service. While not an inexpensive hotel, it is an exceptional value. Rates start around $250 per night depending on the type of room and dates of your stay.
When our trip was cut short by bad weather at home the manager waived the customary 72 hour cancellation rule and did not charge us for Sunday. Not really a revenue loss for them since their willingness to accommodate us and attention to every detail means Rittenhouse 1715 will be our hotel of first choice on future visits. If you are planning a visit to Philadelphia on business or pleasure I highly recommend Rittenhouse 1715, you won’t be disappointed.