• Irene Levy Baker

Hyatt Centric Opens In Rittenhouse

Updated: Oct 27


Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

Looking for a staycation? Have friends or family coming to visit? Planning a wedding? Or meeting?


Check out the new Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia. This newly built, 332-room upscale lifestyle hotel with 22 suites is centrally located in Rittenhouse Square, right in the middle of the action. It is within a block of tree filled Rittenhouse Square, lauded dining, outdoor cafes, boutique shopping, and lively nightlife and surrounded by revered architecture, vibrant murals, and public art. Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia is within walking distance of the museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the historic attractions in Independence National Historical Park, the central business district, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and just eight miles from Philadelphia International Airport.


“Hyatt Centric Center City is the ideal hub for experiencing all that Philadelphia has to offer from a local’s perspective,” said General Manager Gilbert Santana. “Our team takes great pride in sharing their insider knowledge of the city so that our guests can take in the best experiences our location offers. We also take great satisfaction in being part of the hospitality industry’s recovery, while steadfastly ensuring the safety of guests and staff with Hyatt’s Global Care and Cleanliness commitment. Forbes magazine has called Hyatt’s pandemic-related cleaning protocols the best in the hotel industry.


Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. More information on Hyatt’s commitment can be found at hyatt.com/care-and-cleanliness and includes:

  • On-site Trained Hygiene and Wellbeing Leader

  • Cleanliness and training accreditation

  • Contactless -- Guests can use their phone for check in/check out and as a room key - all from the Hyatt app

  • Plastic barriers have been erected on the front desks

  • All public areas are rigorously cleaned, with special attention paid to high-touch areas

  • Face masks are required in public areas and hand sanitation stations can be found throughout the hotel

  • Every high-touch item in the room has been carefully re-considered. For example, remote controls are wrapped in cellophane between guests and ceramic coffee mugs have been replaced with individually wrapped disposable cups

  • Cleaning staff have extra time in each room for Hyatt’s elevated cleanliness policies

  • Guestrooms will be “rested” between guests to protect guests and staff

  • Knock-and-go room service

  • Streaming in-room fitness program

Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

Designed by Crème Architecture & Design, the unique features of the hotel and its lighthearted personality are influenced by its connection to the city – offering locally inspired artwork that speak to Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods and traditions. DAS Architects, a Philadelphia firm, provided architecture services and oversaw engineering teams.


Patchwork Restaurant and Bar, whose name was inspired by a patchwork quilt signifying the diverse neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the city’s Quaker roots, showcases contemporary American cuisine paired with innovative cocktails. While the restaurant has not currently open, the hotel has a grab-and-go-market, and knock-and-go room service, which are available.


Meeting Rooms


Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia offers more than 5,000 square feet of customizable function space. Located on the second floor, the flexible function space accommodates events and meetings from 2 to 200 attendees with seven meeting rooms. All of the meeting and event spaces offer natural light and state-of-the-art audio/visual technology built in. Each of the hotel’s meeting spaces are named after groundbreaking Philadelphians to inspire creativity and innovation in the events that take place in the space. The Alexander Ballroom, the largest space at 2,700 square feet, takes its name from Sadie Mossell Alexander, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the first African-American woman to practice law in Pennsylvania. Additional meeting and event rooms are named for famous Philadelphia natives, including the inventors of the steamboat, monopoly and ice cream. The Fulton Room has an attached rooftop garden.


The meeting rooms have the technology to allow for contact-less meetings with built-in audio-visual, microphones, smart TVs and food service that can all be controlled by phone. Built-in induction counters and in-room refrigerators enabling contact-less food service as well.


Guestrooms

Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

The upscale guestrooms feature amenities such as 55 inch flatscreen HD TVs, Drybar Buttercup salon-quality blow-dryers, Beekind amenities, iHome alarm clock/radios, and Keurig coffee makers in each room. To deliver a good night’s sleep, each room has a signature Hyatt Grand Bed, black-out curtains, and curated meditations are available. The 24-hour Fitness Center has big windows that let in natural light, and the latest equipment including Peloton bikes.

The hotel is pet-friendly, has complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and common areas, and valet parking.

Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia is located at 1620 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.hyattcentricphiladelphiacentercity.com or call (215) 985-1234.



by Irene Levy Baker, author, 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia and Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia. Both books are full of tips. For even more tips, visit www.100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com. Planning a staycation? Go to the website for signed copies of books. For free shipping, use promo code TheCityPulse.

Click here for more blog postings by Irene Levy Baker including two posts with tips for how to help restaurants survive, a list of socially-distant tours, a list of some of the area's best pumpkin foods and more.

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