Photo by Laura Kicey
The Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards is pretty much what it sounds like: a contest honoring the best 100 hotels around the world. And Philly’s own Hotel Monaco, in operation for just one year, has made the cut in the Sleek City Addresses category, which acknowledges “glossy city hotels that offer high style and first rate amenities.”
In case you haven’t seen the glorious Monaco, here’s a gallery of photos by Laura Kicey:
Photo by Laura Kicey
True, it’s not necessarily an intuitive pairing: a swank, highly designed Kimpton hotel and sweaty, summer bikers who do battle with Philadelphia’s inconsistent bike lane system and angry automobile drivers. But today–and today only–the hotel is offering free six-point checkups to bicycle owners, both local and of the tourist variety. The project is in conjunction with Keswick Cycle, whose employees probably know a wee bit more about derailleurs than your average concierge.
The motivation for the program is twofold: One is to promote wellness and the other is to promote the hotel’s bike loan program. (Hotel Palomar, near Rittenhouse Square, is also offering bike loans to its guests.)
A new Rodin-inspired guest room at Sofitel. Photo courtesy Sofitel.
To further solidify its connection to the arts and to French culture, the Sofitel hotel on 17th and Sansom has had all its guest rooms completely redone to reflect the influence of the Rodin Museum on the Parkway. Though there aren’t any explicit references to the sculptor or to the art venue itself, there are works of art in each room that were painted with Rodin in mind. Additionally, the museum’s Beaux Arts style and French garden apparently had a strong impact on the finishes and colors chosen, as well as the furniture.
Two things Rodin would never have anticipated: The eco-friendly materials used in the rooms he inspired, and the $295 Barnes Collection package deal that’s now being offered as well.
Rittenhouse Hotel Park Suite living room. Courtesy Rittenhouse Hotel.
The Rittenhouse Hotel, which was acquired last year by the Hersha Hotel group, hired vaunted hospitality interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud to fashion five third-floor suites as part of its ongoing “enhancement program.” There was initial concern that Hersha, which has had little experience with luxury hotel ownership, would not safeguard the Rittenhouse’s five-star designation and concomitant reputation.
But the words “enhancement program” represent Hersha’s guiding point of view: simply improve upon a superior product rather than transform it. Working with Champalimaud is just one of many signs that they are indeed committed to high style and luxury; her design firm has handled London’s Dorchester, L.A.’s Hotel Bel-Air, and the Carlyle, Pierre and Algonquin hotels in New York, among dozens of others nationally and internationally.
Perhaps Vogue didn’t intend for Philadelphians to take its illustration so seriously. It was probably just an impressionistic illustration like the others Vogue has published by artist Jackie Bestemen meant to encapsulate Philly in a cute way. But woe be to those who underestimate the Philly ’Tude–and our resulting ability to get defensive about anything and everything that mentions the city.
That said, the headline of the piece reads: “Like a Local:
Caroline Palmer and Kori Dyer Map Their Shared Hometown, Philadelphia,” and offers a view of the map that is zoomable. If readers are encouraged to zoom and the word “map” is used, shouldn’t the illustration vaguely approximate reality?
Photo by Anjan Chatterjee via Flickr.
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So Tiger will not drown in some kind of Biblical flood after all, despite the most sophisticated meteorological forecasts that suggested he might. The game will go on, and for those who want to see the players as they proceed along this notoriously difficult course–especially holes 14 to 18–there may be some last-minute weekend rentals within a manageable price range.
Below are some rentals we’ve spotted on airbnb that would make some sense. They’re listed as available for this weekend, but of course, there’s no guarantee.
Four million dollars–that’s all it took for a Florida investor, Eli Hadad, to purchase the grand Madison House Hotel at auction. When the 121,000-square-foot property was on the market, it was listed at $5.25 million. At auction last week, the bidding started at $4 million. Hadad was the winning bidder because he was the only bidder.
The 14-story Madison was built in 1929 with a stairway modeled after the grand stairway inside Independence Hall. And while the resemblance is certainly striking, the acoustic ceiling above doesn’t quite fit in. Not only that, but the property itself looks like it’s seen better days. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have potential. Look at the hulking mess that’s the Divine Lorraine–everyone believes that has potential, and there’s barely a scrap left.