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Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
Ranked #18 of 85 Hotels in Philadelphia
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“Like having a wealthy relative's mansion in Philly!"”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

Wonderful stay, wonderful location, wonderful property. 23 immaculately renovated rooms in three conjoined brownstones, this is the definition of "boutique hotel." I spend over 100 nights a year in predominantly nice hotels, this is my all-time favorite because it's intimate and interesting. The continental breakfast is comprehensive (fresh fruit, assortment of muffins, bagels, coffee cake, juice and coffee), and served in a nice 'garden motif' setting on china. Very interested and unique property - wish I knew of more like it!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Berwick, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Very nice experience checking in. They helped us with dinner reservations, suggesting a great BYOB restaurant within walking distance. Room was clean and well stocked, towels and robes were fantastic. Quiet and charming.........a great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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ellicott city, md.
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

my husband and I stayed at the Rittenhouse 1715 in Jan. During our stay I said we need to come back when the weather is nice to take advantage of the outdoor seating at local restaurants. This was our "come back". Once again the hotel room( 415), was spotless. We liked the room so much we requested it this time. We walked to Parc for drinks and appetiizers . We sat at one of the tables inside the open windows, it feels very European. The drinks were good, service great and the tomato tarte delicious. The Rittenhouse serves wine at 5:30 in the drawing room. Once again we met some very nice people while sharing some wine. My complaint in Jan. was no red wine. Only white this time too.I think they need to add cheese and crackers or little snacks to go along with the wine, pretzels kind of cheapen the HH. We have stayed in other small hotels and B&B's who offer wine in the afternoon. All have put out cheese and crackers or fruit and cheese to accompany the wine. One can only wish!! Maybe next time! Thanks for another great stay.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Toronto
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

I had booked a standard room for three nights but I am quite certain that I was treated to an upgrade. I had a lovely wood-panelled room with high ceilings, a fireplace, a cushy bed with elegant linens and very tasteful furniture. Housekeeping kept things spotless. The concierge was highly professional and helpful. Wi-fi was available without charge throughout the hotel. I couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Baltimore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2010

The biggest asset this quaint and upscale hotel has is its location. It is very close to Rittenhouse Square and therefore within walking distance of fabulous restaurants, quaint boutiques, well kept city park. It feels almost like a European city in this part, especially with its paved sidewalks.

This small hotel is over-the-top decorated in a frou-frou fashion. It boasts of celebrity guests such as Oprah Winfrey and Mikhail Baryshnikov! I don't know how they were treated but we had no one greet us, offer to take our luggage, or even park our car. Somehow, we didn't mind so much since the one person who was behind the desk was clearly trying his best, and was very friendly.

Our standard room had one small window overlooking an alley. The king size bed was very comfortable and we slept like babies, the sheets were luxury linens and felt great to sleep in. The bathroom was disappointing: the shower rod fell on my head as I was getting into the shower, the water leaked onto the floor. The faucet came undone from the sink. In order to reach for the toilet paper, you practically had to get into some complicated yoga position - not ergonomically placed. The towels weren't so luxurious. The trim is painted faux marble which made the bathroom seem cheap to me. Yet again, on the whole it didn't prevent us from having a good time.

We liked the general cleanliness of the place and the chocolate mint on our pillow, with a Fiji water at our nightstand held in a silver cooler - classy! Although the hotel seems under staffed, the staff that's there is very friendly and helpful.

I'm being a picky critic now: the breakfast that's included was sub-par. Nothing was fresh, except the fruit. The bread tasted old, the scones, the coffee. Everything is served on mis-matched china on formica table tops. Since there are no linens, it's clangy to eat breakfast. The cafe is in the basement and has no natural light.

Now that I've listed all my gripes, I would still recommend this place if you can get it for a decent price. I felt that we should have paid less than $200 for this room.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chestnut Hill, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2010

A hidden gem!

A great stay. Rooms appear to have been recently redone. Conteporary style, looked like a Westin or better. Very clean. TV - with all cable chanels.

Staff was super friendly and offered great area recommendations.

Breakfast downstairs was quite a treat - and is included in your rate!

Walk down the street to Parc - you can sit outside on Rittenhouse Square and get a glass of champage!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Dutchess County, NY
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

From the conversation prior to arriving had on the phone assisting us in choosing a room, to the numerous conversations we had in person while there that helped us plan our trip around town this hotel definitely holds up. It was very personable. This hotel was superior! Our room was perfectly described, very clean and bright, and we enjoyed ourselves staying in this great spot. We would definitely stay here again! The nighttime, bedside Godiva chocolates and the plentiful, fresh fruit salad for breakfast were a very nice option too!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
Address: 1715 Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6109 (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
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#8 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#8 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
#10 Luxury Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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