The Rittenhouse Hotel has just recently unveiled their brand spanking-new ballroom makeover, which we happily visited recently to see with our own eyes. And guys, it’s good. Really, really good. If you’re on the hunt for a swanky city venue—especially one where your guests can go to bed directly above your party—you should put it on your list to check out.
The hotel wanted, with the $1 million renovation, to create a more modern and neutral palette for events (especially weddings) being hosted in the space, and in our opinion, they hit the nail on the head. The new aestethic starts as you ascend the staircase to the ballroom level from the lobby; paneling a rich shade of gray that you’ve probably been pondering for your own home is accented with gold trim, and leads the way up the stairs into the hallway, Grand Salon and finally, the ballroom (you can see it along the bottom wall in the upper righthand corner of the rendering above). It’s a palette—continued throughout the space—that feels very of the moment without being trendy, and while standing there, I couldn’t help but think that there really wasn’t a wedding-day color scheme that wouldn’t work with it.
The hotel can host your ceremony in the ballroom and then easily flip it while your guests enjoy cocktail hour in the Grand Salon, and new pocket doors mean no more paying for draping while that happens. They renovated the floor’s several private boardrooms to have a less corporate look so that they can now be rented for private functions: smaller rehearsal dinners or brunches, bridal suites, Ketubah signings, a retreat for the bride and groom during the reception.
The 4,500 square-foot ballroom can host up to 285 of your favorite people for dinner and dancing, and Lacroix’s Executive Chef Jon Cichon has created two new seasonal menus—one for spring/summer, one for fall/winter—meant to be completely customized to the couple depending on tastes, styles and price points.
To check the space out for yourself, get in touch with the Rittenhouse’s director of catering Lanay Zarallo: 215-790-2535 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We think you’re going to like it.