Philadelphia Welcomes the Newly Renovated AKA Rittenhouse Square

By Antonia DePace | August 20, 2019 | Lifestyle


Philadelphians take their celeb-spotting seriously. So when the Hollywood elite need a posh place to rest their weary yet perfectly coiffed heads, locals know that AKA Rittenhouse Square is where you’ll find them. Richard Gere, Lee Daniels, and other big-name stars have been stealing away to the boutique hotel since its opening in 2007. Now open following an extensive renovation that shuttered the property for nearly five months, AKA boasts refreshed interiors and more amenities than ever. “My father used to always say, a property can either get a day older or a day better,” says Larry Korman, president of AKA. “The goal with these enhancements is to constantly anticipate the wants and needs of our residents.” Not only are there upgraded residences—think a three-level penthouse on the mezzanine with views of Rittenhouse Square—but both long- and short-term guests can enjoy a private library stocked with over 1,000 architecture and design books (Korman’s favorite), an exclusive seven-seat cinema with weekly screenings, an 18-seat conference room, and concierge beauty and wellness services that can be enjoyed in the comfort of their rooms. Those looking to burn off an early brunch at, AKA’s stylish American bistro, can test their strength at the fitness center, newly furnished with Technogym equipment; or take a short walk to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue Hotel, where they will have full access to the facilities and lap pool. 135 S. 18th St., 215.825.7000,

Photography by: AKA photos by Jeffrey Totaro/Courtesy of Cashman and Associates