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“Very good choice for central Philadelphia” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel

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Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
Ranked #21 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
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Toronto, Canada
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160 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Very good choice for central Philadelphia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Rittenhouse 1715 for two nights earlier this week. We found it a convenient and comfortable small hotel in one of the most interesting areas of Philadelphia. The bedroom was spacious and quiet, quite attractively furnished, and with a very comfortable mattress. The only slight difficulty was that the closet, located in the narrow passage running from the door into the main part of the room, was dark, making it difficult to see the clothes hanging within it, or the key-pad for the in-room safe that it also contained (it would be advisable to have a light fitted in this area, perhaps one internal to the closet and operated by the opening and closing of its doors). Staff were helpful and efficient, and the public areas of the hotel light and spacious. The complimentary glass of wine at the end of the afternoon was a nice touch. The complimentary continental breakfast was more than adequate, though for those who want more substantial cooked breakfasts, these are available on request for a charge. I was initially a little concerned by the parking arrangements, which involved delivering the car oneself to a busy local garage whose operations seemed casual to the point of being somewhat chaotic when I arrived there (the last I saw of my car was its being driven towards a ramp with the driver's door still ajar). But in the event, all worked well, and the $18 a day parking charge was certainly very reasonable for the centre of a major American city. Thus overall, Rittenhouse 1715 deserves its reputation as an efficiently run, upmarket boutique hotel in an attractive period building.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Renee G, Guest Services Associate at Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Dear Traveller1000Ottawa,

Thank you very much for your compliments about the hotel and the neighborhood. Our location is certainly an asset, and we try to use it to our advantage as often as possible. We are especially pleased that you enjoyed our continental breakfast, as we have made a sincere effort to source items locally, and in-house when possible.

From your description of the room, I can tell that you stayed in room 206, which does have a light in its closet, as do all of our rooms. The light switch, which is located inside the closet, must have been obstructed. I apologize for the inconvenience that may have caused for you. The suggestion to have the light turn on when the closet opens is a good one. I will suggest it to the owner for when he chooses to renovate the rooms.

While the Latimer Garage can be casual, they have always taken very good care of the cars they have kept for our guests, and remain one of the best deals for parking in Center City, especially in the Rittenhouse Square area.

Thank you again for your stay at Rittenhouse 1715, and for your kind words. We hope to see you again if you come back to Philadelphia.

Warm Regards,
Renee
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Niskayuna, New York
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

My stay was perfect in every way! This hotel exuded royal, but friendly, hospitality in every way. There is a sign in the room that says if you forgot anything that you need while in the hotel, the staff is available 24/7 to go and get it for you. Wow, I don't know any other place that aims to please like that! The atmosphere of the rooms and restaurant give the impression of staying in your best friend's house. I don't get to Philadelphia often but I wish that this hotel was cloned in cities all over the world. It would take traveling away from home to a whole new level!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barbara D
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Renee G, Guest Services Associate at Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Dear Mrs. D,

Thank you so much for staying with us again and for writing another equally kind review of our hotel. We try to do as much as we can to ensure the comfort of our guests, and we are very glad to hear that you appreciate those efforts.

We have often heard that the decor of the hotel gives guests the impression of staying in a relative’s home, but it sounds so much nicer to think of it as staying in a best friend’s home. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Philadelphia.

Warm Regards,
Renee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

My two week stay at the Rittenhouse 1715 was outstanding in every way. I have travelled widely and consider my stay in this hotel to be the best hotel accommodation that I have ever had.
Under the excellent management of Daniel, Rittenhouse 1715 is exemplary in all aspects.
The hotel's location,decor, cleanliness, friendly service and attention to each guest's needs cannot be faulted. Thank you to all of the staff at Rittenhouse 1715 for a delightful home away from home.

Room Tip: My room on the third floor faced the street and at no time was I disturbed by street noise.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Margaret139159
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Renee G, Guest Services Associate at Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Dear Margaret,

It was an absolute pleasure to get to know you over the two weeks that you stayed with us. Thank you very much for all of your compliments and for considering us the best hotel accommodation that you have ever had. That praise means a lot to us. Daniel is certainly a fantastic manager; we all enjoy working with him and with each other.

We hope that if you come back to Philadelphia that you will be able to stay with us again!

Kindest Regards,
Renee
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Markham, Canada
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49 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you want to be a treated like a number, go to a chain...if you want to be treated by friendly & very helpful staff who can't do enough for you, in a great hotel, in a wonderful area of Philly, stay at the Rittenhouse 1715. Ask for just about anything & the staff responds in a professional manner. We had a four night stay at the beginning of March in Room 203 a lovely paneled room, with an electric fireplace. If you enjoy sleeping with a window open a bit, you will be pleased to know can do so here. Our schedule did not allow us to partake of the wine reception each evening, but those that did enjoyed themselves. A good continental breakfast is included & for a small charge excellent freshly made hot breakfasts are also available. On a quiet side street, minimal outside noise, yet close to some great restaurants & a couple of blocks to the Walnut/Chestnut St. shopping area.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1715, Guest Services Associate at Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Dear David O,

Thank you very much for your appreciation of our staff. One of the tenets of our hotel is Five-Heart Service - being friendly, helpful, professional, and doing everything we can for our guests exemplifies that perfectly.

A little known secret is that most of us on staff really like room 203, but we love our other rooms as well. As all of our rooms are uniquely decorated, there is a nice variety of styles for everyone.

It pleases us greatly to hear that you had the chance to enjoy some of the amenities of the hotel, such as our continental breakfast and freshly-made hot breakfasts. Hopefully when you return, your schedule will allow you to enjoy our wine reception as well!
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Chesterfield, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

My husband and I booked a stay at this hotel through an online site in September. Rittenhouse 1715 was, unfortunately, overbooked and the site and the hotel concierge contacted me to let me know we would be staying in another nearby hotel. When I was upset ( I had picked Rittenhouse for a romantic birthday gift) the concierge went above and beyond to make it up to me. A hand-written apology accompanied a bottle of champagne to our new room, and we were given a complimentary cook-to-order breakfast at the Rittenhouse 1715. (Amazing French toast, by the way!). When we returned this February the weekend before Valentines Day, the staff greeted us by name and carried our suitcases to our room, showing us it's features. Our room was decorated with traditional furniture and impressionist art and boasted a wonderful fireplace and very modern shower/bathroom. A complimentary white wine social in one of the main rooms gave us a lovely chance to chat with other guests about the plays and museums we'd seen that day. The concierge gave us excellent walking directions to our dinner reservations and a card to call if we needed a cab back. Bed was sumptuous and breakfast again marvelous. Addition of a juice bar ( extra charge) was nice, too.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jarred3838, Owner at Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Dear Thekateykatey,

Thank you very much for your kind words about the hotel and your understanding during a difficult situation. We try our best to make sure that these kinds of mistakes don’t happen, but when they do, we absolutely want to rectify them to the best of our ability. We are so glad that you were able to come back and positively experience the property and its amenities as well. We hope to see you again!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

Rittenhouse 1715 is now our new PLACE in Philly. Rittenhouse 1715 is THE PLACE for any person who wants excellent customer service with a beautiful clean, lovely room. From the beginning of our reservation process through our lovely stay everything was picture perfect. When we called for a reservation a live, human being answered the phone. This was not a woman at a call center, either. The nice lady who answered the phone worked at Rittenhouse 1715 behind their desk. She went above and beyond trying to satisfy our needs. Immediately she made us feel welcome. She kindly answered our questions giving us thorough details about the rooms, their service and convenient parking garages. When we drove up to their entrance another person working behind the desk immediately opened the door for us and helped carry in our luggage. From the minute we arrived their staff was and is EXCEPTIONAL. Each room has its unique personality and characteristic. The furniture is lovely antique and the bathrooms are updated with fine vanities and showers. The ambiance is warm, quiet and friendly. Whether you are staying in a standard room, superior room or suite you feel like a King or Queen because each staff member treats you as a special individual. If you want coffee they bring it to you in your room in lovely mugs and saucers. If you wake up before daylight their overnight staff member kindly will brew your "must have" first cup of coffee. Continental breakfast was very good too. Rittenhouse 1715 bridges the best of your old fashioned bed and breakfast memories with that special touch of modernity needed to enhance your stay in 2014. In our modern age of technology where people have become numbers, it is wonderful to know that Philadelphia has a place that makes you feel welcome and treats you like you matter, that you are a special individual with special needs.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CMB20142014
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Garden City, NY
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

Stayed 1 night in Philly to see a concert with my husband. The hotel was in a great area, 3 blocks from the subway that went straight to all the stadiums. They recommend a parking garage just 2 blocks away that's only $18/night. Breakfast was very good (croissants, muffins, toast, yogurt parfaits), husband ordered an omelet and it was delicious. Service was very good.
Our room was on the street and it was a bit noisy but the decor was gorgeous, clean, bed was comfy. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ashnrayg
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Property: Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
Address: 1715 Rittenhouse Square Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Formerly Rittenhouse Square Bed and Breakfast)
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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#7 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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