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PHOTO BY M. FISCHETTI FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA northamerica PHILADELPHIA Museums and Hotels Are on a Tear ed wetschler onsitereview J U N E 2 0 14 You go to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell, Federal Hall, the Quaker meeting house, the Constitutional Museum, the Rocky statue, and other monuments to America's saga. However, you go back to Philadelphia-multiple times-to see its art museums, as I periodically do. Having recently gorged on this city's visual (and culinary) treats, I'll update you on why Philly is such a hot destination for connoisseurs of art-and fine hotels. the yin and yang of hotels This being an art-focused weekend, I stayed at Starwood's Le Meridien Philadelphia. Located near central Philadelphia's City Hall, itself a work of art, Le Meridien occupies a former YMCA with a 1912 stone-and-brick facade. Each guestroom, though, is decidedly modern, with a black-and-white color scheme relieved by splashes of red and, instead of a conventional desk, a draftsman's table and high chair. There's a lively lounge scene, too and more partying in a sky-lit, 75-ft., brick-walled atrium. The guests here aren't actually artists- this isn't Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel crowd-but they are successful people who appreciate contemporary style. Doubles from $224 for March weekends. The Rittenhouse hotel, a longtime favorite, serves a different market than Le Meridien's. Facing one of America's finest urban squares, this recently renovated, century-old landmark is for people who want traditional luxuries (albeit with WiFi and iPod docking stations), 94 january 2015 94-96 NA Philly.indd 94 12/18/14 11:06 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Outrigger Resorts
Tour Talk Journeys by CH
The Unexplored Danube River, Explored
2015 Delta Air Lines Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Guide
Hip & Traditional Japan
South Africa Shines
Las Vegas
Irpinia, Italy

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