You’ll detect bits of the French Rococco, Belle Époque and Art Nouveau periods behind the distinctive red door at this 20-room boutique hotel on the square. The décor is sleek and sophisticated, each room and suite individually decorated to reflect a different place or person in history—Napoleon, Gustave Eiffel, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Prohibition-inspired art deco Lounge serves creative cocktails and features an absinthe fountain from the 1930s, plus wine and Scotch rooms to explore.
Get Cultured: Philadelphia hosts a wide array of special events in April. Through April 2, Philly Theatre Week features live performances, readings and interactive events, and the African American History and Culture Showcase runs April 8–9 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. April 28–30, check out the Philadelphia Show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which features over 40 exhibitors specializing in art and antiques.
April Rates: $299–$499. 1715 Rittenhouse Sq., Philadelphia, Pa., 215-546-9544, thefranklinonrittenhouse.com.
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