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Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Philadelphia 
$$$$

117 South 17th Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
19103
Tel: 888 725 1778 (toll free)
Tel: 215 563 5006
Fax: 215 563 5007
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Terrifically located off Rittenhouse Square, The Palomar injects a dose of liveliness into Philadelphia's stodgy hotel scene. In place of prim settees and stern wood paneling, you'll find chrome-and-velvet couches, a roaring fire, and quirky design touches such as pop art busts of Benjamin Franklin, ceramic roller skates, and bowls formed from gold bananas. The mix of whimsical and modern design elements make the lobby and neighboring Square 1682 restaurant places you want to hang out in. The staff further encourage the impulse, chatting up guests over complimentary wine or hot toddies in the evening—depending on the season—and shade-grown coffee in the morning (eco- and energy-saving measures grant it the honor of being Philadelphia's first LEED-certified hotel). Pieces by local artists pay homage the building's past life as the Art Deco Architects Building, with installations of pinwheels made from blueprints and metal figurines scaling a wall like an army of construction workers. The 230 guest rooms lack some of the snappy personality of the common areas, but feel serene and welcoming with lavender chevron headboards and pillowy beds topped in white Frette linens.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: Book a south-facing Spa King Room on one of the higher floors: For an extra $60 dollars, you'll get 125 more square feet and a massive Fuji soaking tub with views of the skyline that the former occupants of the building helped to create.

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Can't wait to go back!

I just stayed at this hotel last Friday and now I see it on this list. This hotel is really great and in a good location with lots of shops, restaurants, and... more