A waiter pouring tea at Mary Cassatt Tea Room at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia

Spend the Perfect Afternoon in Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia is known to be one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., making each prized location an urban oasis that guests can freely explore. At The Rittenhouse Hotel, named Philadelphia Style’s Best Hotel for Best of Philly 2023, every hotel stay is complemented by the rich surroundings of Rittenhouse Square. As you explore this treasured area, indulge in decadent dining, step into a premier spa experience, and discover the endearing nature of nearby shops. Whether you choose to spend your downtime inside The Rittenhouse or choose to venture into the city, here is the best way to spend an afternoon in Rittenhouse Square.

Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room

If you’ve never treated yourself to afternoon tea, the Mary Cassatt Tea Room is the perfect place to do it. Here, you can enjoy prepared leaf teas that celebrate the rich tea cultures from around the world. From aromatic tisanes made with local herbs and flowers to the grandeur of black and green teas from Asia, each sip is a journey of flavors and a tribute to the art of tea. You’ll even be able to snack on sweet and savory treats designed to complement the flavors you’re experiencing. Join us for Tea Time between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, and embrace the elegance of The Rittenhouse’s acclaimed tea room, with prices ranging from $70 to $275.

Indulge in Courtyard Cocktails

Mark your calendars for September 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as The Rittenhouse is bringing back another extraordinary Courtyard Cocktails event in partnership with Milagro Tequila. Picture yourself in our enchanting courtyard, surrounded by lush greenery and the gentle evening breeze. Savor some expert mixology as our bartenders craft refreshing tequila cocktails, introducing you to new flavors, and maybe even your new favorite drink. Mingle with fellow guests, enjoy the vibrant energy of this event, and relax the Rittenhouse way after exploring the charming corners of Rittenhouse Square. The best part is that there are no reservations required and walk-ins are welcome. If you’re looking for another spot to grab a nightcap, be sure to pay a visit to the Library Bar, which was named Best Hotel Bar by Philadelphia Style.

Pamper Yourself at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club

Take a moment to revitalize your body and mind at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, named Philly’s Best Spa and Club by Philadelphia Style. Treat yourself to a pampering session with a wide range of rejuvenating treatments administered by our skilled therapists. Allow the stress to melt away as you indulge in a massage, facial, or body treatment tailored to your specific needs. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, our indoor saltwater pool is the ideal escape. Take a leisurely swim, read a book poolside, or simply enjoy taking a moment for yourself. At The Rittenhouse, relaxation is an art, and our spa and pool facilities ensure you feel rejuvenated during your stay.

Enjoy Pasta and Wine at Scarpetta

Nothing makes a trip more memorable than the meals or bottles of wine you share with your loved ones. That’s why you won’t want to miss the chance to elevate your afternoon dining plans with the renowned pasta dishes at Scarpetta, Philadelphia Style’s Best Restaurant to See and Be Seen. “Fare la scarpetta” is an Italian expression describing the gesture of using a boot-shaped piece of bread to scrape and soak up any remaining sauce left in the pot. That’s how we believe every meal should be enjoyed. So whether you’re after some Short Rib Risotto or Basil Gnocchi, paired with an exquisite glass of wine, there’s something for everyone on the menu. If fine dining is what draws you in, then Lacroix is a must-visit destination. As it has been named Philadelphia’s Best Fine Dining, it sets the gastronomic standard of excellence for the city.

Discover the Charms of Rittenhouse Square

Beyond the comfort of our hotel, Rittenhouse Square is the perfect location to spend an afternoon exploring. Take a leisurely stroll through the park, marveling at the lush greenery, sparkling fountains, and beautiful sculptures. To pair with your walk, indulge in a shopping spree at the upscale boutiques that line Walnut Street, just steps away from our doorstep. Indulge in the neighborhood culinary scene, with an abundance of gourmet restaurants and charming cafes to choose from. Rittenhouse Square has something for everyone, and The Rittenhouse is your gateway to the very best the neighborhood has to offer.

As a plus, Philadelphia residents are invited to take advantage of our Residents Rate promotion, offering a specialized rate for select room bookings, and offering the perfect touch of elegance and luxury to any staycation in the City of Brotherly Love.