The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 November 2014
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Situated in downtown Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse hotel overlooks one of the city’s most pleasant public parks. Rittenhouse Square is something of a Central Park in miniature for the City of Brotherly Love, a quiet area filled with lush greenery and fountains, an oasis removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel and park, as well as numerous other buildings in Philly, were named after David Rittenhouse, an 18th-century astronomer and mathematician, and the first director of the U.S. Mint.

Entering the Rittenhouse, I took a moment to check out the hotel’s version of a shuttle service that comes in the form of a Jaguar sedan and takes guests anywhere within a 20-block radius of the property, more than enough range to get them to most places in Center City.

The chandeliered lobby offered several areas with various motifs and seating configurations. Check-in was as easy as the lobby was elegant and I headed to the hotel’s newly refurbished Library Bar to enjoy a well-needed cappuccino, surrounded by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain.



My standard room was spacious and included a sleeping area, a nook with a desk, and a sitting area.

A large marble counter was just inside the doorway, serving as a minibar with snacks, drinks, ice bucket and glasses in addition to serving as a vanity.

The sleeping area was very generously proportioned, with ample amounts of open floor space. End tables with lamps and conveniently accessible outlets flanked the bed, which featured a cushioned headboard and was more comfortable than its appearance promised. Although the corner windows admitted large amounts of natural light, the drapes were effective in blocking out outside light.

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