Rittenhouse 1715, comprised of a grand 1903 Georgian carriage house and the classic Philly row home adjacent to it, is a charming city inn. Tucked in a lane off leafy Rittenhouse Square, the stone facade, wrought iron railings, and bright shutters remain true to the neighborhood’s aristocratic origins—this was, after all, a carriage house with its own address etched above the arching doors. Inside, the two structures have been remodeled into one elegant and efficient property offering period style, personalized service, and a healthy breakfast to boot.
The small lobby is a proper sunlit parlor with yellow stripes, oil paintings, and ornate chandelier whetting the palate for guestrooms and suites in the same style, each uniquely decorated with turn-of-the-century decor. Guestrooms range in size from an intimate wood-paneled library with gas fireplace to a two-story, two-bathroom loft. Bathrooms are new—larger than expected given the historic structure—and sparkle with marble vanities; most have glass-encased rain showers.
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The restaurants and bars orbiting Rittenhouse Square are among the city’s best. Restaurateur Stephen Starr started his dining empire in Philadelphia. Sidle up to the bar at the Dandelion for comfort food with a British accent, or get a taste of Paris café culture at Parc Brasserie, where the Gruyère-drenched onion soup pairs perfectly with a cru-level beaujolais. For a little Latin love, slide into Star’s Alma de Cuba, where rum-cured duck breast and shrimp and grits add spice to the City of Brotherly Love.
Need to Know
Rooms: 23 rooms, 5 suites. From $200. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A continental breakfast, coffee, and the Wall Street Journal are included with your rate; add a farm-fresh omelet, a fresh-pressed juice, or a steamy latte. Breakfast is served daily in a subterranean dining room. Complimentary wine and beverages are offered in the drawing room 5:30–7 p.m. each evening. Spa and gym details: There is neither a gym nor a spa on the premises. Ask the concierge for a recommendation for local day spas.
Who’s it for: Couples with classic tastes, and laid-back business travelers who place privacy and personalized service at a premium. While most accommodations are accessible by an elevator, some rooms require stairs or have stairs inside them. Our favorite rooms: The Presidential Suite is a lovely two-story, open-concept loft with a gas fireplace in the living room and a spiral staircase. Good to know: Philly’s cabbies frequently confuse this hotel with the similarly named Rittenhouse Hotel, so be very specific when arriving from the airport or the 30th Street train station.