The Rittenhouse Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This elegant, 98-room luxury property right on Rittenhouse Square Park is a popular pick for well-heeled families. It has the largest rooms in the city (they start at 450 square feet), many with pull-out couches, and little ones get impressive free tosy upon check-in from a treasure chest. Kid-size bathrobes, slippers, and a bedtime story are also available.
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 230-room Palomar near Rittenhouse Square Park is one of the city's chicest boutiques, with bold, sleek style, excellent service, and contemporary rooms with plush, comfortable beds. The Palomar delivers the Kimpton chain's typical thoughtful extras -- a hopping nightly wine hour, free morning coffee and tea -- and the location on South 17th street is near some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. The success of Kimpton's open-arms attitude toward kids was in ample evidence: We saw lots of families when we visited. Just about every kid amenity under the sun is on offer here, including cribs, Playards, child safety kits for the room, and welcome gifts.