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.
City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most distinctive and exquisite buildings, and though there’s plenty of opportunity to get news about what happens inside, it’s not often residents can get a detailed look at the famed Second Empire exterior without closeup photographs–or maybe a rogue helicopter.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, however, has numerous rooms with a view–none so gorgeous as this condo that’s now on the market for $1.35 million. While some Ritz residents are making plans to sell because they fear their views will be blocked when (if) the planned W Hotel/Westin Element gets built at 15th and Chestnut, this unit seems safe from impending construction doom.