Oyster Hotel Review
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 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