Those seeking a five-star hotel experience will have no trouble finding it in the City of Brotherly Love. Many hotels promise “luxurious accommodations,” but few are readily equipped to deliver the quality and consistency of service that a true luxury hotel provides. Elegant surroundings are mere trappings unless they are paired with impeccable service, immediate attention to problems and personalized (yet discreet) attention to detail. From getting exactly the kind of room you want, to all the special touches you love, these five venues pair high-end accommodations with superb service to provide the standard “must-haves” one expects from a fine hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel
1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The 364 well-appointed rooms and suites of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Philadelphia boast French-inspired décor which pairs nicely with the view from many of the rooms overlooking the Parisian-influenced design of Logan Circle. Suites in this AAA five-diamond hotel feature French doors between bedrooms and living areas, and are equipped with a private, refrigerated bar and round-the-clock concierge service, as well as twice-daily housekeeping. On-site dining options include the award-winning Fountain Restaurant and The Lounge, with its lavish afternoon tea menu. Guests can enjoy many in-house amenities including any number of pampering spa treatments or simply some time to reconnect with the family in the heated indoor pool or whirlpool.
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
This Center City hotel is in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, just steps from Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell and more. Tucked away in Philadelphia’s iconic Lafayette Building, the Monaco is a luxurious boutique hotel boasting 268 guest rooms which include 17 suites and over two dozen spa rooms, each outfitted with a decadently deep soaking tub. Amenities include in-room spa treatments, 24-hour in-room dining in addition to an onsite restaurant and rooftop bar and lounge. A hosted evening wine hour, complimentary shoe-shine, valet service and complimentary bike rental are all available to hotel guests.
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Omni Hotels And Resorts
401 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Omni Hotel at Independence Park is situated on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood. The hotel overlooks the Independence National Historic Park and is an easy stroll from the Benjamin Franklin House, the Liberty Bell, the U.S. Mint and a number of other historic sites and attractions. Accommodations include Deluxe Rooms, Parlor Suites and a Penthouse Suite where guests will be pampered with two full bathrooms, a Jacuzzi tub for two, a 12-foot granite wet bar and sweeping, iconic views of the City of Brotherly Love. Amenities include the Balance Spa and Fitness Center, where guests can indulge in a variety of relaxing treatments. The Azalea Restaurant serves up authentic regional dishes with a side of stunning views overlooking the historic Independence Park below.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
With floor plans that allow for separate living and sleeping quarters, The Rittenhouse Hotel is known for its luxurious accommodations and impeccable service. Guests at The Rittenhouse, according to the hotel, “rightly expect luxury travel to be as effortless as it is relaxing.” Marble bathrooms and whirlpool tubs, plush bathrobes and slippers pamper guests in this five-star hotel, where state-of-the-art fitness equipment and relaxing spa treatments await them at the Adolf Biecker Spa and Salon. Guests can indulge in an invigorating, indoor swim or simply relax poolside in sun-filled atrium, or soothe away the stresses of the day in the sauna and steam room. Fine dining experiences abound at each of the Rittenhouse on-site venues, including the progressive, international cuisine at Lacroix Restaurant, the mix of whimsy and tradition of the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, and the refuge of the intimate Bar 210 or the sophisticated haven of the Library Bar.
10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Located in Philadelphia’s Center City, the Ritz-Carlton of Philadelphia is one of the most historic and famed hotels in the country. One needs only to step outside this elegant hotel to experience history. Just shy of 300 guestrooms, including the penthouse, the hotel’s luxurious accommodations feature stunning views of City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts shopping district. With a king-size bed or two double beds, a marble shower and 24-hour room service standard, guests will also enjoy complimentary overnight shoeshine, morning newspaper and coffee. Additional special touches and services include a bath menu and bath butler services, overnight laundry service and an array of treatments provided by the award-winning Rechel D’Ambra Spa and Salon. Dine in the acclaimed Ten Arts Bistro by Eric Ripert, where “organic and local ingredients bring out the true flavor of the Philadelphia classics,” or sit back and relax with your cocktail of choice in the 10 Arts Lounge situated in the domed marble lobby.
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