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The Franklin on Rittenhouse, A Boutique Hotel

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#11 of 91 hotels in Philadelphia
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5.0
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4.7
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Located in the beautiful and exclusive Rittenhouse Square area, 1715 Rittenhouse is within minutes of the best restaurants and nightlife in Philadelphia. Most historic and popular neighborhoods are withing walking distance of the hotel. Philadelphia International Airport and 30th Street Amtrak Station are a short car ride away.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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24-hour front desk
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Blackout curtains
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1715 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6109
The Franklin on Rittenhouse, A Boutique Hotel
4.5
133 reviews
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The Franklin on Rittenhouse is highly regarded for its impeccable cleanliness, with travelers highlighting the spotless accommodations and modern bathrooms. The hotel's ambiance resonates with elegance and charm, often described as inviting and sometimes romantic. While the rooms earn accolades for their quiet comfort and style, some guests mention they could be more spacious and brighter. The hotel's central yet tranquil location is a hit among guests, as it sits conveniently near cultural hotspots. Service at The Franklin is consistently celebrated for the staff's warmth and helpfulness, and many regard the hotel as a good value, especially considering its amenities and overall experience.
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Cameron L wrote a review Feb 15
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This stay was absolutely amazing and unique stay. The themed rooms and ambience was to die for. I loved my stay here and it definitely enhanced my night. John was also such an amazing help with an incredible soul. Such a blessing to have met him. 100% recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Cameron L, Thank you for the 5-star review. We truly appreciate your comments as your experience at our property is our ultimate goal for every guest's stay. John is truly a blessing to our team, and he consistently goes above and beyond for all guests. We hope you are able to return soon for another visit and your comments were shared with our team. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Yvette L wrote a review Aug 2022
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I have been meaning to write a review for a while now and am finally taking the time to give Rittenhouse 1715 a well-deserved and thorough review. THE WEBSITE For anyone who had checked out their website before late April, they would have seen an old-school layout with photos of dated rooms. But as the weeks progressed, the website got sleeker and more sophisticated with its design and images. More and more updated photos of the rooms were added, and new descriptions of each room’s inspiration appeared. I only wish the room description on the booking page matches what is inside each room. For example, not all rooms have a desk, but some rooms without a desk had “a working desk” in its description. FIRST IMPRESSION As if on cue, Doug (the manager) swung the front door open and greeted us with a big smile the moment my feet touched the ground. “What timing,” I thought. This probably doesn’t happen for everyone, so I was lucky that Doug happened to be inside the lobby right when we arrived. His exuberant welcome remains unmatched and set the tone for the rest of our stay at Rittenhouse 1715. When he happened to be in the lobby upon our return, he would greet us and welcome us back. I was impressed that he remembered our last name. SERVICE Even before stepping inside the hotel, a number of texts and emails had gone back and forth between me and the front desk staff—Shakirah, Madison, and Elijah. Ever patient and accommodating, they helped me decide on the rooms by sending me photos of those that have yet to be posted on their website-in-transition during the spring of 2022. They had also answered my numerous questions about the hotel. Once we were there, they brought us whatever we requested—a cot, a fan (a very nice Dyson), more toiletries, an extra glass, etc. Everyone was pleasant to deal with. THE HOTEL Located on a quiet and short street in between the hustle and bustle of Rittenhouse Square, it provides an urban oasis where you do not have to dodge cars and pedestrians. It makes it less hectic to be picked up and dropped off by Uber or Lyft as well. Then when I had a car delivered by Turo to the hotel, I had ample time to talk to the car owner without feeling rushed to get out of the way. What I love about the hotel is its romantic and timeless aesthetics. The beautiful and lush wallpaper and green benches in the lobby transport one to a bygone era. It creates an intimate space that reminds one of a drawing room or salon, but it’s neither of those, nor is it a typical lobby. One has to be inside the hotel to understand it. All I know is the lobby has a relaxing effect; it shuts out the rush of the day when you step inside it. THE ROOMS This is the reason why I picked this hotel. Each room is like a character in a book. Every room has its own personality. One might expect a cohesive theme, but that’s not the case. One room may feel more Asian modern while another room may be genteel and elegant. Some rooms are whimsical, and other rooms are bold and daring. It is a mix of periods, colors, style, and aesthetics. Depending on your taste, you can most likely find a room that speaks to you. The beds were very comfortable . . . as good as a 5-star boutique hotel that I stayed at in Chicago. Rittenhouse 1715 spare no expenses when it comes to their Frette towels and bedding. When all mid-tier hotels give you the standard towels—not too thin like Holiday Inn but not thick either—this hotel gives you affordable luxury. The toiletries are also different than the usual offerings of big hotel brands, Aveda, Crabtree Evelyn, or Gilchrist & Soames. The toiletries may not be formulated by a bespoke perfumery in New York City, but it is nice enough: Molton Brown’s relaxing ylang-ylang. I liked the Maude the best. You get the most for your money because that room is bigger than the usual one in its class, and it has an entry way between the bathroom and the bedroom. Its marble desk is also large and one of a kind with shelves on the side. The same applies to the Dandy in terms of space. The Dandy is reminiscent of 19th century French and beautifully furnished, but it felt a little more cramped with a cot in that room than it did in the Maude. Also, the Dandy is right above the bar, so unless you can put up with rock music until late at night, the Dandy is not the room for you. I found this out the hard way. Also, the desk chair has a wine stain on it. I hope the hotel has changed that seat since then. If the Maude had the bigger bathroom of the Dandy with its spacious vanity, it would have been the perfect match. If you do not mind a smaller room, I would recommend the Liberty or the Aristocrat. Those two are tasteful and oozes with character. Another beautiful room is the Jane, but you have to really like emerald green and don’t mind going up some flights of stairs. This reminds me of something rather important. If you want to avoid stairs, read the room descriptions carefully to see if the room is accessible by elevator or not. I wished I could have seen the Cassis because that room looks beautiful in dark purple and deep blue. It also has two armchairs and a desk, which is unusual for its class. All the rooms that are not a suite tend to be sparsely furnished. However, I heard that more furniture is on its way to the hotel. Still, some rooms like the Dumont is simply too small to hold much of anything beyond a king-sized bed, two night stands, and a tea tray. If the size of the room matters to you, definitely email or call the hotel for more details. All the suites are spacious and gorgeous, so if money is not an object, go for the suites. There are three of them, and their different prices go hand in hand with the size of the room. The Armand is the largest suite, but if walking up and down a spiral staircase between the bedroom and the living room makes you dizzy, then you will want one of the two other suites instead. The Rococo is the prettiest of them all, but if pink is not your favorite color, then choose something else. BREAKFAST It was very basic when we were there for the first four nights: store-bought mini croissants and muffins with bottled juice and coffee. However, upon our return from Gettysburg, they upgraded their breakfast to a fuller spread of summer berries, yogurt, granola, and more. I am not sure what breakfast is like now, but I hope they continue to offer more options for their breakfast. OVERALL This is not the hotel for everyone. If a mid-range hotel is what you are looking for, and you want something different than what big hotel chains offer, then consider Rittenhouse 1715. Most of all, if character is more important to you than anything else, then this is the hotel for you. The hotel is expanding and will be offering more rooms in the future. I look forward to seeing what they will do with the new rooms. Thank you, Doug, Charles (didn’t get to meet him but talked to him over the phone), Shakirah, Madison, and Elijah for taking care of my family and my parents when we were there.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Aug 6, 2022
Dear Yvette L, Thank you for such great comments regarding your stay at our property. The staff and I enjoyed your family everyday as you all were extremely polite and a pleasure to meet. We cannot thank you enough for all the time you spent with us and our staff looks forward to your family's return visit. Sincerely,
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Caroline E wrote a review Feb 14
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My fiance and I had an incredible time staying at The Franklin! The hotel’s design and character was unique and fascinating, our room was gorgeous and clean, and the staff goes over and beyond for any request. We cannot wait to stay here with our bridesmaids and groomsmen over our wedding weekend in October!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Dear Caroline, I am thrilled to hear my staff was able to make you feel so welcomed by going above and beyond for your and your fiance's stay celebrating your fiance's birthday. We also appreciate your comments about our clean and tastefully designed hotel. We are looking forward to your return visit in October for your wedding and thank you for sharing such wonderful comments. Sincerely, Paige Wilson - Front Office Manager
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Joe M wrote a review Feb 9
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This is as nice a boutique hotel as you'll ever stay in. Gorgeous rooms, wonderful service, and great breakfast. The location is superb and quiet with great views. They are even dog friendly and have a high end speakeasy bar. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Joe M, We truly strive to be the "Best boutique hotel in Philly" and glad to hear that we were able to create this feeling during your stay. Your comments were shared with our team and we look forward to your next visit in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Elizabeth M wrote a review Feb 3
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My wife and I stayed in the Belle Epoche suite for our wedding and had a great experience! The room was beautiful and perfect for getting ready with our bridal party and family. The speakeasy is a cool spot with great drinks and the continental breakfast was pretty good.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Elizabeth M, Congratulations on the wedding nuptials and we are glad you chose our property for such a wonderful and memorable event. Your comments were shared with our team and we hope you decide to return to spend your 1-year anniversary with us. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Roger wrote a review Jan 2024
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Great boutique hotel perfectly located close to everything. Wonderful staff. Good value for the money to be sure ! Even has a speakeasy off lobby 😎 Our room was on the first floor facing the street but was very quiet as hotel is on a side street.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Roger, Thank you for staying with us at The Franklin on Rittenhouse. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and we appreciate the wonderful comments about the hotel, staff, and bar. We do pride ourselves in our service and being a hidden jem but still close to the city offerings. Our goal is to exceed our guest expectations and we clearly did so during your visit. We look forward to your return visit in the near future. Sincerely, Paige Wilson - Front Office Manager
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Rick L wrote a review Jan 2024
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Quirky little place in a great location. Staff are super friendly and helpful. It's an old building, not what you'd call "posh", but clean and comfortable. I love an older hotel with a lot of character. Room was very large. Bed was very comfortable. I was highly impressed.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded Jan 13, 2024
Dear Rick L, We are glad you "Loved" your stay at our property and appreciate the 5-star rating. Our team truly enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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LauraNYC wrote a review Jan 2024
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Pros: Lovely boutique hotel in the best area. We walked everywhere and loved the convenience. Front desk staff are friendly and helpful. Our room (Liberty) was very quiet and the bed was extremely comfy. The main rooms in the hotel are beautifully decorated and we had drinks in the bar both nights and really enjoyed the cool speakeasy vibe. Cons: Our room was extremely dark - they need more lamps and higher wattage on the bulbs, we literally could hardly see our things. The room was smallish and the nightstand blocked the closet door from opening more than halfway, which was awkward and made it impossible to use the full length mirror on the back of the door. Finally, the breakfast was tasty and had plenty of variety for us, but the upkeep was poor. Food and drinks ran out, there were no glasses for juice, the toaster oven was not intuitive. All of this would have been manageable but there was no attendant to replenish or provide instruction. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 13, 2024
Dear LauraNYC, Thank you for the high rating review and we are glad you enjoyed our location, as we strive to be the best boutique hotel in the area, our staff's friendly and welcoming demeanor and the cocktails offered at The Franklin Mortgage bar. I also want to apologize for the darkness of the room and the nightstand, we placed 2 more lamps in the room and moved the bed and desk slightly to allow the closet door to open. I also discussed the important of replenishing all breakfast items with the team. Thanks again and we look forward to your return visit in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Charlotte T wrote a review Dec 2023
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Incredible, the style of this place was impressive and whimsical, to say the least. The shower was lovely and everything was perfect, front desk was incredibly kind, the place was beautiful! Really just a wonderful experience
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Charlotte T, Thanks for the great comments about your stay. It was a pleasure having you join us for the holidays and we hope you are able to return for another wonderful stay. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Seneca H wrote a review Dec 2023
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Cool rooms, great staff, great location, delicious breakfast. Each room was unique and artfully decorated with super comfortable beds and great bathrooms. The Continental breakfast was not just standard fair - lox and bagels, yogurt parfait, delicious pastries. Their incredible bar was closed for the holidays for the 2 days we were there (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) but we’re looking forward to a return trip sometime in the future to take advantage of the full experience.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Dec 29, 2023
Dear Seneca H, Happy Holidays and thank you for choosing our property during this special time of the year. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we truly appreciate the wonderful comments about our great location, cool rooms, great staff and delicious complimentary Continental breakfast. We look forward to your return visit in the near future. Sincerely, Doug Osborne - GM
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Nearby attractions include Escape the Room Philly (0.2 miles), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (0.3 miles), and Rittenhouse Square (0.1 miles).
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Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
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Many travelers enjoy visiting Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (0.6 miles), Battleship New Jersey (2.2 miles), and Independence National Historical Park (1.3 miles).