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The Ritz-Carlton
10 Avenue Of The Arts
Center City
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cross Street: 18th Street
From $359 double. Discounted holiday rates available

Whereas its peers tend toward typical, Philadelphia understatement, the Ritz-Carlton puts on a grand show. Walk up the hotel's pale marble steps, between massive marble columns, and into the soaring, domed, Pantheon-like space that serves as lobby and cocktail lounge, and you'll instantly feel important. Designed in 1908 by McKim, Mead, and White as a bank, the Ritz's main building serves purely social functions (with a clubby "Vault" lounge, the handsome 10 Arts restaurant, and various ballrooms), while its adjacent 30-story former office houses the guest rooms.

Hotel rooms occupy floors 4 to 29, with a spectacular concierge/club area in a paneled former boardroom on the 30th floor. (Upgrading to this level is money well spent; the room is gorgeous, and the hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and lavish breakfast are the best club-floor spread we've ever seen.) The guest rooms are comfortable, not oversize, and the bathrooms are large and come with marble tub/shower alcoves. The furnishings are lovely, as are the old Philadelphia prints. Terry robes, Frette linens, a selection of pillows, a menu of bubble baths, and a chocolate on your pillow invite you to linger. Service doesn't get much better: Complimentary overnight shoeshine, subtle drop-ins from friendly housekeeping, even jolly valets can easily make a guest feel like getting used to this kind of treatment.

10 Arts is the hotel's boldly casual breakfast-through-dinner restaurant. Conceptualized by celebrity chef Eric Ripert, the menu features local fare such as wild boar prosciutto from the Italian Market and Bucks County-grown vegetables, although you'd be just silly to turn down the banana pancakes at breakfast. Service here, too, is just impeccable.

  • Cross Street: Broat St and Chestnut Street
    Rooms: 299 Units
  • Payment:
    AMEX, Discover,DC, MasterCard, Visa
    Fax:: 215.586.0942
    Facilites: Restaurant; outdoor pool; 24-hr. fitness room; Jacuzzi
  • Room Amenities:
  • Wireless internet
  • Flat screen televisions
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bath menu and bath butler services
  • Twice daily housekeeping attention
  • Overnight laundry service
  • Evening turndown
  • Complimentary overnight shoe shine
  • Complimentary morning newspaper
  • Complimentary coffee
  • Spectacular landmark building in the heart of the downtown business district
  • 6,100 square-foot Grand Ballroom
  • 3,075 square-foot Petite Ballroom
  • On-site fitness center
  • Award-winning Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon
  • On-site shoeshine stand
  • Babysitting service referrals
  • Roll-away beds: No charge
  • Cribs: No charge
  • $75 pet fee & waiver required upon check-in
  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check-out: Noon
  • Express Departure: Folder placed under door evening before departure. If all information is correct, you are clear to depart
    Parking: Valet Parking $34
  • Public Transit: SEPTA: 15th St/City Hall. Bus: PHLASH, 21, or 42

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