"What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet." --Shakespeare
There is a reason The Big Boy does not review chain restaurants. If you eat at one low end, crappy Olive Garden/Denny's/Burger King, you have eaten at them all. When I booked our room at the Historic Philly Ritz-Carlton, I had some idea of what to expect. Luxury surroundings with top-notch service. Located in what was originally the Girard Trust Company building (finished in 1908 to the tune of $1.5M) in the heart of Philly's Historic District sits this gem of a Hotel. The Rotunda was built using 9,000 tons of marble, much of it from the same quarry in Italy that supplied marble to Michelangelo for his masterpiece of David. It is truly mesmerizing to anyone, let alone a patron of the arts.
We stayed in room 2805 in the newly renovated Tower that was added to the original building in 1923. At the top of the Tower, in what was once the bank's executive board room, sits the Ritz-Carlton Lounge. The brass clock and lighting fixtures are originals as is the carved wood paneling. What makes this paneling so unique is that it is made out of a now extinct wood, the French Walnut tree. The rest of the Tower is reserved for all 301 suites. Staying in a two bedroom Ritz-Carlton Suite, we were literally fawned over by staff and seemingly, by the suite itself. It was gorgeous with 1900 square feet of sheer sumptuousness including two huge bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, impressive city views and an exclusive elevator to the Lounge on the 30th floor. We certainly felt above the world now! I can't speak for the regular rooms, but in the suite, we experienced dedicated in room service nestled in the arms of totally maxed out luxury. If you want to be pampered, if you want to feel special, if you want to be treated as one expects Royalty is, surrounded by breathtaking architecture, in the heart of a great metro city full of charm, then this is the place for you.
The Big Boy says, For that Star treatment we all deserve once in a while, book a room in this historic Hotel and let your inner Diva shine forth!"