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Throw Back a Grace Kelly Cocktail and Check Out the Changes Going on at Philly's Rittenhouse Hotel

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  Site Where: 210 W Rittenhouse Square [map], Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States, 19103
December 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we highlighted three luxury hotels in Philly that have killer views, and one of them, the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, is currently in the midst of a $10-million, 12-month refurbishment in anticipation of the hotel's 25th anniversary next year.

The facelift will feature new 1,000 square-foot park-view suites (for some reason, people refer to Rittenhouse Square as "the park") and a new health club. Earlier this year, the hotel opened a lobby bar called the Library, which currently features a Grace Kelly cocktail.

Most are familiar with Grace Kelly as an actress, princess, and public figure, but Philadelphians remember her and her family for their influence on the City of Brotherly Love. Not only was Kelly grow up in Philly, but her mother was the first woman to head up the Physical Education Department at the University of Pennsylvania and her father was an Olympic rower and once ran for mayor of the city. Her brother, John Kelly Jr, was a Philly councilman and was memorialized when East River Drive was renamed Kelly Drive in the 1980s.

The cocktail, which is made from a base of rose-infused vodka and champagne, was originally rolled out to honor Grace's birthday back in November, but the drink has been so popular that it has been kept around. Pop in on your next visit to Philly to give it a try ($16), and poke around to see the changes the hotel is making. Best time to stop is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when you can sip to the sounds of live harp music. Rates start at $299 if you want to spend the night.

[Photos: The Rittenhouse Hotel/Will McGough for Hotel Chatter]

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