Planning a last minute weekend escape? Often a change of scenery is just the thing to recharge your batteries, while letting your senses take in the sights and sounds of a new place. When considering possible luxury travel experiences, many exotic destinations may come to mind. Philadelphia might not be one of them, but perhaps it should be. The City of Brotherly Love isn’t just a destination rich with history and a vibrant economy. It’s also the backdrop for many luxurious attractions that you’re sure to love on your next weekend getaway. What’s more, if you’re looking for a quick weekend away from Knoxville, direct flights are now available to Philadelphia. Pack a bag and experience a little of the luxury Philadelphia has to offer.
Here are just a few of the attractions you might want to explore.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco-
Located in the beautiful and historic Old City, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco sets the standard for sophistication in Philly. With luxury suites, including the unique perfection of the Majestic Suite, a stay at the boutique Hotel Monaco is one way to truly indulge yourself. Let the attentive staff cater to your every whim, either from the posh lobby living room, including the hosted wine hour each evening or round the clock in your suite. The property, which is housed in a 1907 building, was recently voted a ‘Readers’ Choice Top 20 Hotel’ by Conde Nast Traveler. Just a short walk from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is sure to make your stay in Philly even more luxurious and memorable. The hotel is also pet-friendly, for those guests who enjoy traveling with their feline or canine companions.
While there, take advantage of the posh hotel’s professional valet laundry service and old fashioned complimentary shoe shines. Relax and refresh yourself in the state-of- the-art fitness center or enjoy tranquility delivered to your doorstep with the eco-conscious, in-room services such as massage and spa treatments. End each night with a delicious nightcap of port, cognac, or brandy paired with a sweet delicacy.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge-
Want to take in the spectacular views of the city from an exclusive nighttime hot spot? Head to the roof of the Hotel Monaco to enjoy the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Eleven stories above some of the city’s most historic locations, Stratus Lounge is perhaps the best rooftop gathering place in all of Philadelphia. It offers a truly unique experience for an amazing night out complete with live entertainment weekly. Try some of the finely crafted cocktails and enjoy the energized atmosphere. Featuring a large outdoor patio, two pavilions, and an indoor bar area, Stratus boasts a menu that includes delicacies for shareable plates, a carefully curated list of the finest champagnes and wines by the glass, and fantastic regional brews. Designed by famous Los Angeles architect Gulla Jonsdottir, Stratus is one of a kind, with a modern design aesthetic that incorporates unique movable walls to create an environment where you can unwind and enjoy the finer things in life.
Rittenhouse Spa and Club-
If you’re really looking for a way to reach peak relaxation, include a visit to the Rittenhouse Club and Spa located in the Rittenhouse Hotel. Widely considered the best spa in Philly, the Rittenhouse is the ultimate indulgent destinations for both men and women. You’ll love all the treatments their Natura Bisse products have to offer. Are you looking for something really special this weekend? The Rittenhouse Ultra-Luxe Diamond Package (starting at $10,000), includes a stay in the hotel’s Park Suites, complete chauffeur service starting at the airport, a private dinner at the hotel’s LaCroix restaurant , a full day of decadent spa treatments, and a custom made piece of diamond jewelry from Egan Day. Treat yourself to the ultimate in luxurious travel experiences.
Philadelphia’s Contemporary Art Scene-
To truly enjoy your Philadelphia excursion, be sure to incorporate some of the beautiful art the city has to offer. Home to several cutting-edge gallery spaces, the city is a hotspot for contemporary art. Not only does it have a wide range of eclectic galleries, it is also home to interdisciplinary venues that celebrate all manner of media and showcase emerging local artists. When planning your trip, consider a stop at the Pentimenti Gallery, as well as Wexler Gallery and ICA Philadelphia. You’re sure to see and experience beautiful things that will delight and inspire you.
These are just a few of the incredible things to see and do in Philadelphia. Your trip will no doubt be tailored to your specific tastes and preferences, but we hope this gives you some inspiration as you are planning and dreaming about the next adventure. Don’t wait to plan your next excursion to Philadelphia for a weekend getaway. Whether for a romantic trip with your partner or a weekend with friends, Philadelphia is the perfect backdrop for memorable travel experiences.