The historic square from which this luxe city escape takes its name is a masterpiece of urban planning by Beaux Arts architect Paul Cret. When completed, Cret’s French-flavored park was a hub of city living lined by Georgian mansions and stone steeples. Rittenhouse Square remains Philadelphia’s prime address, with mansions of yore giving way to modern towers, including the glass-and-concrete Rittenhouse Hotel. Behind the dark, angular facade, the Rittenhouse Hotel is a grand dame radiating classic luxury, clad head to toe in marble and dripping with crystal chandeliers and original art, including paintings by Mary Cassatt.
Starting at 450 square feet, each of the 118 guestrooms is a suite by Philadelphia standards. The suites are refined and uncluttered, with an elegant sitting and dining room and kitchen. All guestrooms have spacious marble bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and tubs.