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Philadelphia houses some of the most spacious and classy hotels, ranging from a five–diamond luxury hotel to a hip boutique B&B. Many of the hotels are remakes of older suites that had faded over the years, while some hotels are carved out of existing space. Here are a few luxury hotels that stand out from the crowd.
The Rittenhouse Hotel
With a perfect mix of historic splendor and modern decor, the rooms at The Rittenhouse Hotel feature windows with a direct view of Philadelphia’s most historic park, Rittenhouse Square.
Over the years, the property has seen many incarnations from a residence to church headquarters to a private school, until a hotel took shape in the 1960s. The Rittenhouse Hotel, which boasts traditional luxury with bay windows and rich mahogany furnishings, offers the perfect choice for visitors seeking a quieter side of Philadelphia.
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll love the original collection of artworks displayed in the gallery on the third floor. If you’d rather see art elsewhere, visit the hotel’s artisan Library Bar or enjoy $8 drinks during happy hour at Bar 210.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Step into this historic building, which functioned as the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (PSFS) until the early 1990s and later transformed to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
Located on Market Street, the building was the first international skyscraper constructed in the City of Brotherly Love. A major part of the building underwent a renovation, retaining the original design as well as significant features from PSFS, including vault doors, Cartier clocks, and the bank’s safe.
While you’re in the hotel, visit the 33rd floor to enjoy a magnificent view of Philadelphia’s skyline.
Known for exceptional customer service, the Sofitel Hotel offers elegant rooms with a unique American and French blend.
The hotel is not just about the opulent design. It also supports a sustainable lifestyle that reflects in its very own rooftop garden, which produces fresh herbs and vegetables included in the restaurant’s French-inspired menu.
If you opt to stay at the Sofitel Hotel, you’ll also enjoy its proximity to the city center as well as the benefits of a quieter and comfortable stay. As an added bonus, your pets are more than welcome.
Located in the Lafayette building, the Hotel Monaco offers guest rooms and suites reflecting Greek revival style.
Although the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are within walking distance, you could just as happily spend your time in the hotel admiring the colorful interiors or unwind at the rooftop lounge featuring garage–style doors and wicker lounge chairs.
Even better, you’ll love the complimentary wine hour held every evening. The hotel offers thoughtful perks like an umbrella and a pair of slipper socks, including some of the rare features found in Philadelphia hotels.
With hotels in every nook and cranny of Old City, it’s no secret that Philadelphia creates a style that combines unparalleled history and world-class dining and lodging, while retaining a similar revolutionary vibe as it was years ago.
Author Bio: Shilpa Balakrishnan is a travel writer who enjoys writing about her travels to offbeat places – explored by road from a local’s perspective. She holds a masters degree in Finance, but rather uses the math lessons to plan a trip on a budget. Apart from writing for her website The Satori Saga, she also works for Hipmunk on their City Love Project and you can follow her on Facebook. When she’s not on the road, she illustrates and paints after being inspired from the things she has seen during her travels.