Luxury is hard to define. What constitutes luxury for one may be commonplace for another. For a hotel to qualify as luxurious, it must have all of the bells and whistles. Beside rooms and suites, it should have a top-notch in-house restaurant and tavern. An indoor pool, spa and exercise room are also favorite amenities. Of course, the establishment should have the latest communications technology, such as WiFi, etc. A number of Philadelphia hotels qualify for the term luxury.

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
117 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-5006

A Kimpton Hotel, the Hotel Palomar is synonymous with art, fashion and Art Deco style. Constructed in 1929, the hotel recently underwent a $92.5 million renovation. Plus, this Rittenhouse Sqaure area hotel is pet friendly. Queen and king deluxe rooms feature wi-fi access. Most rooms offer an excellent view of the city. Each morning, complimentary morning coffee or tea is offered in the living room lobby. Spa rooms and spa suites are also available. Its Square 1682 restaurant features the cuisine of Chef Caitlin Mateo.

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The Latham Hotel
135 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-7474

A lavish boutique hotel, the Latham Hotel mixes old and new world sensibilities to present a signature lodging experience. In 1907, a 14-story apartment house was built on the site of the home of William Bucknell, founder of Bucknell University. In the 1960s, a group of investors decided to transform the building into a luxury hotel, and that vision became a reality in 1970. In addition to luxury suites, the facility includes a fitness center as well as car service. For a luxury dining experience, the hotel features the Rittenhouse Square Restaurant that blends urban with modern for an urban “enoteca” experience.

Morris House Hotel
225 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2446

The Morris Hotel is synonymous with history and luxury. A National Historic Landmark, the original house was built in 1787. This hotel, with its distinctive Colonial style, is located in Washington Square Park. Featuring presidential suites and other luxury rooms, the theme here is colonial comfort. As far as amenities go, the hotel offers a European-style continental breakfast, tea and cookies in the afternoon, a 24-hour concierge service and dining at the gorgeous and upscale M Restaurant.

The Rittenhouse
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-9000

Since 1913, The Rittenhouse has been known for its luxury accommodations and personal service. Named after David Rittenhouse of Philadelphia, the hotel features a Beaux-Arts architectural flavor. A mansion was located on the hotel site in the early 1900s. Architect Donald Reiff, in the late 1960s, designed the current building. A pet-friendly facility, the hotel features presidential and other suites. Fine dining is available at Lacroix or the Mary Cassatt Tea Room. The facility also features a spa and wellness program. It is ideal for meetings and special events.

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Sofitel Philadelphia
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300

With an elegant mixture of American and French architectural styles, the Sofitel in Philadelphia provides the best a luxury hotel has to offer. Located near the Rodin Museum and the Kimmel Center, the geometric floor in the lobby is one of its signature features. It’s a pet-friendly hotel and includes 67 luxury suites, as well as 306 elegantly appointed rooms, featuring Sofitel’s feathertop duvet beds. Fine dining is available at its Liberte Urban Chic Lounge.


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