The Latham Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Rooms have classic, upscale decor
  • Flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Marble tile bathrooms with Gilchrest & Soames toiletries
  • Modern fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Casual Italian restaurant serving all three meals
  • Free car service in an Audi A8 (based on availability)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lobby and lounge with bold retro-chic style
  • Historic building dating to 1907

Cons

  • Some rooms are on the small side
  • Some hallway noise can be heard in rooms
  • Rooms on lower floors can get street noise
  • No drinking glasses in room (but free bottled water and paper coffee cups provided)

Bottom Line

The 138-room Latham is a chic boutique hotel with a prime location near Rittenhouse Square Park, near some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. The lobby has bold retro-chic style, and rooms have chic blue and gold decor and modern technology features, though some are on the small side. Features are comparable to those offered by other upscale boutiques: There is a modern fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, and a casual Italian restaurant serving all three meals. All in all, it's on par with the Hotel Palomar or Le Meridien, but rates here are sometimes lower.

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 Scene

A historic and stylish boutique hotel near Rittenhouse Square Park

The Latham Hotel's lobby makes a bold first impression: It has double-height ceilings and chic, but funky, style -- an eye-catching light fixture, paisley carpeting, velvet studded armchairs. This decor continues into the lounge, which has black-and-white photos on the wall of famous faces and is usually empty. The rooms are equally upscale but more classic in style, with gold and blue decor.

The hotel is housed in a historic building -- dating back to 1907 -- and first opened as a hotel in 1970. A thoughtful renovation completed in 2011 helped the hotel maintain its reputation as one of Philadelphia's top boutiques. During our visit, we were lucky enough to meet a doorman who has been at the hotel for 40 years; he's seen a number of VIPs come and go, including a U.S. President.

 Rooms

Rooms have sophisticated Victorian-inspired style

Rooms at the Latham are decorated in classic blue and gold decor and have upscale amenities. Some are on the small side, however.

  • Marble tile bathrooms with Gilchrest & Soames toiletries; most have shower/tub combos.
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • iPod docks
  • Keurig coffeemakers
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Work desks with electrical outlets
  • Some rooms have views of Rittenhouse Square Park in the distance.
  • Handicap-accessible rooms available

 Bottom Line

The 138-room Latham is a chic boutique hotel with a prime location near Rittenhouse Square Park, near some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. The lobby has bold retro-chic style, and rooms have chic blue and gold decor and modern technology features, though some are on the small side. Features are comparable to those offered by other upscale boutiques: There is a modern fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street, and a casual Italian restaurant serving all three meals. All in all, it's on par with the Hotel Palomar or Le Meridien, but rates here are sometimes lower.

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Address

  • 135 South 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States of America

Room Types

  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe King Room Accessible
  • Deluxe Two Doubles Room
  • Executive King Room
  • One Bedroom Accessible King Suite
  • One Bedroom King Suite
  • One Bedroom Two Doubles Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 139
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Center City, Philadelphia
Address: 135 South 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States of America
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