Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $$$$
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 523 8000
Fax: 215 568 6445
Concierge.com's insider take:
Modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, the lobby of this former bank building is magnificent, with its illuminated skylight set into a 101-foot-high dome. Soaring white marble columns edge the central rotunda, which houses a bar, restaurant, and the best afternoon tea in town. The central location (you're practically sitting on city hall's lap) makes this a business traveler's dream, so don't be surprised to witness some expense-account posturing in the Vault cigar lounge. Rooms are draped in rich palettes, but with Biedermeier-esque furnishings they aren't too fussy; those that overlook the city give spectacular nighttime views.