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How to Beat the Heat in Philadelphia This Summer

As temperatures start to climb, the search for indoor activities in Philadelphia begins. After all, exploring the very best of Center City shouldn’t be limited to outdoor affairs. To help you make the most of your summer escape, we’ve curated a list of activities and relaxing amenities that will help you stay cool, with The Rittenhouse Hotel as your home base.

Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and indulge in the age-old tradition of afternoon tea, Philadelphia-style, at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room. Our tea selection is truly a celebration of the world’s great tea cultures, with a local twist that adds a unique flavor to the experience. Accompanied by perfectly delicate sweets and snacks, prepared with seasonal ingredients, this is a very refined way to beat the heat in Philadelphia. Tea Time is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Try Themed Cocktails at The Library Bar

For the evenings when you want to unwind indoors, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing drink to help you beat the heat. Visit The Library Bar and dive into our new themed cocktail menu inspired by The Brother Grimm Fairy Tales. Let the magic of these classic tales transport you as you sip on enchanting concoctions like the “Bad Apple” or “Let Down Your Faler..num.” Immerse yourself in the luxurious atmosphere of The Library Bar, and lean into the fantasy of it all.

Connect and Relax With Astrology Massages

After a long day of exploring the city’s treasures in the sun, look no further than The Rittenhouse Spa, where we offer Astrology Massages designed to cater to your specific astrological elements. In honor of The Rittenhouse’s recognition as a Forbes Five-Star hotel, this offering is an ode to all the stars we’ve proudly attained. Picture yourself enjoying a soothing massage on our Spa Terrace or cozy treatment rooms, surrounded by tranquility and serenity. Your well-being is our priority, and our Astrology Massages are here to ensure you find that perfect moment of rest.

Cool Off at The Rittenhouse Spa’s Saltwater Pool

When the summer heat becomes too much to bear, then you know it’s time for a pool day in our luxurious indoor pool or saltwater pool at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club. As one of the only saltwater pools in downtown Philadelphia, it offers a refreshing and invigorating experience like no other. Bask in the sun-filled atrium, take a dip in the cool water, or unwind in the sauna and steam room. Our Fitness Center & Pools are available to guests visiting The Rittenhouse Spa that day for a treatment, so you can make a day of cooling off and recharging at the same time.

Explore the Nearby Shopping Scene

For some retail therapy, step into the wonder of Egan Rittenhouse, located on the ground floor. This luxury lifestyle concept store and floral design studio, curated by Kate Egan, offers a handpicked selection of high-end clothing, gifts, home goods, and accessories. Browse through unique finds like BDDW ceramics, Alexander Olch dog collars, and Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume. If you’re looking to take your shopping spree beyond the hotel’s walls, be sure to check out some neighborhood gems like Joan Shepp, The Shops at Liberty Place, and Boyds.

Relax with Luxury Jaguar Driver Service

The 2023 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards named Philadelphia as the Most Walkable City in the U.S., but sometimes it’s nice to lean into a bit of luxury and take a load off your feet. Take advantage of The Rittenhouse’s luxury Jaguar driver service to take you from destination to destination in comfort and style. Whether you’re headed to one of Philadelphia’s iconic attractions or simply exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, our Jaguar driver service is the perfect way to beat the heat while enjoying the best of Philadelphia.

So, when the summer sun starts to be a bit too much, remember that The Rittenhouse has everything you need to stay relaxed and refreshed, with the comfort of a luxurious setting.