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“BEST LOCATION EVER, LOVED the Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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AKA Rittenhouse Square
135 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 83 Hotels in Philadelphia
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“BEST LOCATION EVER, LOVED the Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We stayed here for 8 nights right after Christmas. We had taken the red-eye from San Diego and arrived at the hotel at 7:00am. The warm lobby smelled WONDERFUL and we were welcomed as weary travellers. The two bedroom suite was great although I had thought it came with a fireplace. Apparently none of the two bedroom suites have fireplaces. Oh well, no big deal. Our room was fantastic; extra large, comfy, & high end.

I can't say enough about the location. This hotel is in the IDEAL spot; much better than where the Four Seasons, Marriott, Wyndam, or other high price hotels are. There is a great Italian gourmet market within a short walk, coffee houses, high end resturants and all my favorite shops (Anthropoligie, Athleta, Coach, Lagos, Ann Taylor, H&M, etc etc).

Everything was fantastic EXCEPT the housekeeping. The place is spotless but they only have housekeeping every 5 days. They come to pick up trash from the room daily (except Sunday) but the kitchen got messy quick and towels became a problem. For $25 a day they will clean your room more, but I think it should be done at no charge every other day.....I'm just sayin.

We will stay here again. It was my husband and I, our two kids and my sister-in-law and there was plenty of room. The sheets were high quality and the water pressure great. High ratings for this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We stayed one night at this beautiful apartment complex right near Rittenhouse Square, in the historic heart of Philadelphia. Normally they require a longer stay, but we were put up for a short rental, after staying a week at AKA Apartments in Washington DC, so as to be closer to JFK Airport for our departure back to Australia.

Apartments are big, comfortable, and the beds a dream. Decor is muted, but sophisticated. Bathrooms were compact, but well-equipped, with a deep bath in the en-suite. Kitchen is well-equipped and staff can direct you to a small supermarket nearby.

There was some street noise from the restaurant underneath the building, which made us want to join in (alas, with kids, we couldn't do this late at night.] This was the only negative. While the price is not cheap, this accommodation was really impressive: roomy, comfy and classy, with all you need to self-cater in Philly. Would stay here again in a flash, but for a longer time!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

The staff was very nice (even stayed with our car while we brought our stuff up to the room) and the rooms and location were great. Because it's extended stay, they don't provide some basics like coffee filters, coffee, salt and pepper etc which would have been helpful for us. Overall we had a nice time but don't feel the *need* to return if we stay in Philly again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

My family and I stayed at the AKA for over 10 months as our house was being repaired. Everything about the AKA is excellent. The staff is extremely helpful and accomodating. The rooms are spacious and modern. The hotel is perfectly located in a great part of Center City. We highly recommend for a short or long term stay.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011 via mobile

Rooms are nice and large. Very thin walls on a busy street. Lobby could be kept cleaner and there are signs of wear in the carpets. However the rooms are very nIce. Great area of Philly as well.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

A great place to stay -does not look much when entering -and the disco lighting in the lift is different - but what a surprise inside. Really spacious rooms, excellently equipped, a free guest laundry, and John and team at the front desk are just superb in assisting. Close to all the sights and shopping in Philly -and an easy walk to great coffee and the arts precinct. Nothing was too much of a bother -housekeeping one of the best I have experienced.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the AKA RS for three days in July 2011. We were visiting Philly for the first time for the U2 360 concert and wanted something comfortable, well located, and close to the stadium. I found it through Trip Advisor and will say that we made the right choice.

Now because this is a long-stay hotel, it doesn't have *all* of the amenities one might expect. For example, we had to get our own toothpaste. But that's no issue because the hotel is at the perfect location with dozens of excellent restaurants, great shopping, and major sights all close by.

And these minor differences are more than made up by the excellent and friendly service and wonderful amenities in the "room" which is basically an apartment. In fact, it's so nice that we wanted to move in!

Another big plus is the location. It's fantastic. Rittenhouse Square is akin to Dupont Circle in DC, lots of restaurants, shopping, foot traffic, bars, people, and of course the park, which is very nice to spend a lazy afternoon in. Also close to Broad Street, where much of Philly's art and fashion seems to converge and to the City Hall, which is a great place to start sight-seeing in the city if that's what you're in town for. Public transport is also very close and convenient.

One nice addition they made the week we were there was a new restaurant which is open through the day. We had a simple breakfast and will say that service and food were certainly fine. We didn't try anything fancy so we can't comment much on that (and hence the 4/5 review). Yet again, the location and choice of al fresco dining makes it worth a try at the very least.

We got a great price: $190/day for 2 people in a large 'room' (essentially one bedroom apartment). This was an online reservation special. And yes, we will stay there again if we need to be in Philly.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about AKA Rittenhouse Square

Address: 135 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#38 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 80
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