These 1929 Art Deco offices in the upscale Rittenhouse neighborhood have been transformed into a cozily contemporary and LEED-certified eco-minded boutique hotel from Kimpton. The rooms are modern chic, most with great city views, though a bit small. Best bet: Spring for one of the King Spa rooms (preferably on an upper floor), with Japanese-style tubs in the oversized bathrooms for a bath with a view of the city. 

Kimpton goes out of its way to make families welcome, offering toddler-proofing kits for rooms, zany animal-print robes for kids, even an on-demand goldfish in a bowl for your room. For the grown-ups, there is a hosted evening wine hour at 5pm in the lounge by the fireplace (the popcorn and hot cocoa are also complimentary). 

Most serious imbibers, though, head straight for the bar in the hotel's 2013-renovated Square 1682 restaurant, which serves regional American cuisine and strong old-school and custom cocktails designed by mixologist Chauncey Scates.

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Take note: You can often get rates that include a continental breakfast for just $1 more.