Free car service in an Audi A8 (based on availability)
Lobby and lounge with bold retro-chic style
Historic building dating to 1907
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)
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.
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.