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Rittenhouse Hotel’s Luxury Park Suites, Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud

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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.

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Rittenhouse Hotel Renovation Begins: Biecker to Leave, Lacroix to Stay

bieckerThough the Hersha Hotel chain bought the Rittenhouse Hotel more than a year ago, the visible rehab and renovation efforts are quite recent. Today, smartly dressed young men scurry around with swatches and new light fixtures appear on the wall, looking more Hotel Monaco than classic, staid Rittenhouse. This should be interesting.

There has been apprehension among the Rittenhousers that Hersha, which doesn’t have much five-star experience, wouldn’t retain the five-star designation. Then Lacroix panic briefly set in–without the five stars, would Lacroix stay? Not to worry: Hersha will keep the five stars and Lacroix will remain.

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