This classic hotel, first opened in 1926, has returned to claim its place among the best Philadelphia hotels after extensive renovations in 2007. The ornate lobby's off-white colors, sky-motif ceiling, and enormous chandelier lend it an airy vibe; it's a relaxing spot to read the paper with a coffee before heading out for the day. The pleasant, bright guest rooms are decorated in soft earth tones. Though it's a Radisson with more than 300 rooms, it feels like a boutique
thanks to friendly service and rooms with modern touches like large work desks, flat-screen televisions, and Sleep Number beds. There's also a new gym and the Plaza Club Level, which pampers you with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks Sunday night through Friday morning. The hotel is around the corner from Rittenhouse Square and Walnut Street. On weekend nights an adjoining new restaurant, Tavern 17, welcomes you with live music.