The Latham Hotel and Other Philadelphia Gems

Time to do a good ole’ fashioned round up of Philadelphia.
First up: The Latham

Philadelphia’s own diamond in the rough. This boutique hotel, right on Rittenhouse Square and walking distance from many major tourist attractions, including Reading Terminal Market, is an absolute gem. The hotel is undergoing a major renovation, with a new restaurant and bar set to open later this year. In the meantime, all the rooms have been redone in a sleek, modern style with premium linens and flat screen televisions. The rooms are not large, but they are decorated stylishly and manage to feel luxe and plush. The rooms are quite soundproof, and housekeeping comes as frequently or infrequently as you desire. The free wifi is a huge boon to this hotel’s draws – so many luxury hotels don’t offer this amenity, though these days, everyone needs it. Also, there is an ipod docking station.
The marble bathrooms, complete with Neutrogena toiletries, are utilitarian and come with plenty of towels. The shower head could be more powerful, but the bathroom is well lit, with a magnifying make up mirror and an outlet for shaving or hairdressing use.
The small lobby is light and well designed, with a nook offering coffee and juice in the morning and water the rest of the day.
Perhaps most notably, the staff at The Latham is as gracious and knowledgeable as the staff at any major hotel. Helpful, congenial, and ready to answer a question about directions or offer a suggestion for breakfast at any turn. This hotel is not a 5 star resort, but it is an excellent example of a boutique hotel. It is small, with luxurious rooms, a few special amenities, and a location that simply can’t be beat. I would not hesitate to return to The Latham or to recommend that my friends and colleagues stay here.One of the best places they pointed us was Little Pete’s.

This is where you head when you want something greasy and cheap, served to you by a middle aged harried waitress who at turns snaps at you and coddles you.

Right near Rittenhouse Square and just a stone’s throw from The Latham, Little Pete’s is a cash only 24 hour diner, serving up the greasy, filling meals that weekend mornings practically require.

Get a large omelette and a pile of homefries for a pittance. Order some turkey sausage alongside – homemade and juicy, it will fuel you for hour to come.

For an afternoon snack, also near Rittenhouse square, head to the sleepy little cafe, La Creperie.

The sweet crepes are standard, but the savory crepes really shine. This one, with creamy eggs, light creme fraiche, meaty mushrooms, and woodsy herbs de Provence is a treat that is both light and rich. It is the perfect snack before a tasting menu, when you have to curb your hunger briefly but not become too filled.
Philadelphia is a hell of a town, and a fabulous overnight trip from NYC.
For more information on Philadelphia, please contact Visit Philly.*Note: I received a press rate for my hotel stay.  I was not paid or required to write a review, and my opinions are my own and, I feel, impartial.*