Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel Philadelphia
Loved our New Years Package!
My wife and I really enjoyed our New Years Weekend at this charming petite hotel in the heart of Philadelphia. Great staff, great location and our room was lovely. We already booked for next year!
Great little place, with a few quibbles
We recently spent several days at this small BnB. It's small, very quiet, and located a few steps off the Square. Our room was a suite, very spacious, terrific bed, very nicely furnished. Staff very helpful although not in a warm friendly sense; they did comply with our requests efficiently and promptly.
As noted, we were in a suite. We saw a regular room, furnished almost as well, but seemed cramped for the money. The lobby was very nice, spacious, comfortable, and I probably would have spent a lot of time there if I had been in a regular room rather than a suite.
A few quibbles: First, the hotel promises free net access. Yes, but. They give you a sign on code on request, but it lasts for 10 hours. You then have to go back to the lobby to get a new code. I was told once that if I sign off the network when I'm finished I would get 10 hours of use, but it did not work that way. The codes were given without difficulty, and were free, but it was a pain to come in at 6 pm, sign on the net, and then have to go to the lobby the next morning before signing on again.
Second quibble: The breakfast. The cafe, as they call it, was nicely furnished, with antique china and nice forks, but cramped. Newspapers are provided (WSJ and local), but the tables were too small to be able to enjoy eating and reading. Very nice for chatting if that's your breakfast style. Most BnBs that I have been to serve a real cooked breakfast. This was an upscale version of what you get at the Hampton Inn, with excellent coffee and tea, bagels and croissants, and pastries.
Final quibble: parking. There were two small lots on the street. Very expensive, neither of them would keep your car overnight. We were driving a large SUV (Expedition). One of these lots would not take the large vehicle, the other one charged a $4 surcharge ($13 for 2 hrs total!) There were a couple of other lots that the hotel recommended a few blocks away. Both of them had signs stating No Large SUVs. Both of them allowed us to park there one night but neither let us return for another night. I wised up after that graciousness and found street parking which was free between 6:30 pm and 8 am and $1/hr during the day. It's not easy to find but 10 minutes if exploration was successful in every case.
In short, excellent core values for a hotel: clean, quiet, nicely furnished, efficient service (and superb linens). A few quibbles as noted above that may or may not break the deal for you, depending on your needs.
Just returned from a wonderful stay at the Rittenhouse B&B for some pre-Christmas festivities with my family. Upon arrival, I pulled up to the most beautiful arched window on a cute townhouse half block. The lobby feels more like a living room and for the two days we were there, we felt 100% comfortable lounging in the pretty parlor. The room had lovely appointments and fabulous amenities - without a trace of 'big hotel' ambience. The location was pitch perfect. While we were there for the ballet and wanted to be walking distance, we also enjoyed the surprise luxury of being in an adorable and sophisticated neighborhood - a mix of upscale pubs, galleries and boutiques. Loved the baguette and cheese served at breakfast each morning! I've already made reservations for our next stay.
Lovely quaint hotel!
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We found this property above and beyond! The staff was so wonderful as was the location of this hotel. We will return.
Our favorite place to stay in Philly
We've stayed at this Inn several times over the last few months and have always been delighted. Perfect location and warm, friendly service. Amenities are generous-- the wine reception, the english bath amenities, bathrobes, fancy bedding and breakfast. It seems to get better with every visit. We had dinner at Twenty Manning (just around the corner) and it's wonderful. Next time I'll bring my laptop-- the Innkeeper mentioned free wireless internet.
Can't compete with other Rittenhouse hotels
Nice enough place but if we had wanted to pay four star Rittenhouse Square prices with an attitude we would have stayed at the larger hotels. Really, it seemed like we were doing them a favor by staying there. We came in a little late on a Friday (9:00 P.M.) and the staff seemed put out by it. The rest of the weekend was about the same. Plus we were gouged for parking. No go vote from us!
Loved this place!
We thought we were staying at the Five Star Hotel on the Rittenhouse Square and when we arrived to check in -- the hotel informed us we had no reservation. When we pulled out our confirmation letter, we realized our error and we booked at the B&B off the Square, not the hotel we had stayed in two years ago. (The B&B has no affiliation with the hotel but a similar name). The hotel was booked and we took a cab to the B&B across the square. What a great mistake! We were charmed as soon as we walked through the front door. This place is lovely, elegant and the staff is so nice. Breakfast is substantial with many choices, our accomodations were great, location was perfect. We will definetly stay at this property every time we need to visit Philadelphia. It was great!
The best place to stay in Philadelphia!
Our daughter attended Univ. of Penn for 4 years. We visited at least 3 times a year over the 4 years and after staying at many hotels in the city we found the Rittenhouse Square Bed & Breakfast. We loved the staff, the decor, the lavish continental breakfast and everything about this unique, charming property in Philadelphia. We highly recommend this property.
Quiet romantic luxury in a terrific location
We just returned from a short weekday winter getaway to Philadelphia and had the pleasure of experiencing the Rittenhouse Square Bed & Breakfast. What a find! Perfect location right off the Square on a quiet lane--couldn't believe how late we slept because we didn't hear a thing outside, and we had one of the rooms at the front of the inn.
Janet welcomed us warmly and we got settled in our fireplace room, with a cute retro electric "fireplace log" that provided just enough atmosphere without the bother of heat or flame. Lovely queen bed, handsome woodwork, draperies and furnishings, spotless marble bath with many nice amenities and excellent lighting. We stopped in the lobby for a glass of wine which we understand is served from 5 in the evening before going out to shop and have dinner. Fabulous restaurants and shops within blocks. Upon our return we discoverd our bed turned down with a pretty bag with water bottles and mints. The next morning we were joined by Harriet, the innkeeper, in the little cafe on the lowest level. A generous continental breakfast was fine with us, since we'd had such a great meal the night before. But I couldn't resist the chocolate croissant! Harriet couldn't have been more hospitable and helped us with our day of sightseeing before we reluctantly had to return home. We hope to make Rittenhouse Square Bed & Breakfast our destination for more weekday getaways in the future!
Take the package
We loved our Opus dinner package that was included with our lovely King room at the B&B, quite a deal. It is a fabulous location just off the square, and Philly couldn't have been better. Dinner was creative and just a block away. If you want to spend lots of money, The Rittenhouse Hotel is fabulous. Stayed there a couple of weeks ago, and worth it. But the B&B is the charmer, and so affordable. Try to get a room facing the street.