Hotel at a Glance: Rittenhouse Hotel
The Rittenhouse Hotel overlooks Rittenhouse Square, one of the five original public squares laid out by William Penn in the center of Philadelphia. Before it was home to the Rittenhouse Hotel, the property hosted a 20th-century mansion, an Episcopal church, and an academy for boys and girls. The Rittenhouse Hotel opened in 1989, designed to showcase views of the city's skyline.
- Several onsite restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond award-winning Lacroix and Smith and Wollensky steakhouse
- Complimentary drinks: Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or a cappuccino on the house at Library Bar; coffee and tea are available in the lobby from 5 a.m.–8 a.m. daily
- Sip hand-crafted cocktails in Library Bar or Bar 210.
- Take afternoon tea served with scones and finger sandwiches at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen TV, private stocked bar, iPod docking station, and complimentary WiFi
- Pet-friendly rooms are available for an additional fee
Philadelphia’s Center City: Historic Landmarks and Museums
The historic Center City neighborhood, also known as downtown Philadelphia, dates back to the city’s founding in 1682. Today, Center City is Philadelphia’s central business district, with several skyscrapers and high-profile museums. The neighborhood is also home to Independence National Historical Park, whose high concentration of notable landmarks make it America’s most historic square mile. While you’re here, visit Independence Hall—birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution—or head to the Liberty Bell Center to see the approximately 2,000-pound bell that Martha Washington famously rang to let George know when supper was ready. At the north end of the park, the National Constitution Center features a multimedia presentation on the country’s founding displayed on a 360-degree domed ceiling, as well as galleries of artifacts, including a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The shops of Historic Antique Row are less than a mile from here. The small, locally owned shops stock everything from oriental rugs to vintage clothing. Head about 15 minutes northwest to scale the famous steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa once pumped his fists victoriously. Inside, the massive museum’s holdings range from ancient Chinese art to famous paintings from Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, and Vincent van Gogh.