Everyone needs a bit of TLC from time to time and there's no better way to relax in Philly than with a stay at one these extra spa-ecial hotels. This is where to stay in Philadelphia when you’re in need of an array of in-house spa services that you can’t get at the everyday boutique hotels in Philadelphia, luxe and stylish as they may be. We’re talking deep tissue massages, body wraps, skin-glowing facials, and soaking pools and saunas where you can sit, relax and let all the stress melt away. We’ve put together a list of the best spa hotels in Philadelphia, the majority of which are smack-bang in the middle of the city and around beautiful Philadelphia parks, such as Rittenhouse Square, so as soon as you're relaxed and ready to take on the world, it's right there waiting for you.
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Best spa hotels in Philadelphia
This luxury hotel in the heart of Rittenhouse is home of the elegant Library Bar and splurge-worthy rooms overlooking Rittenhouse Square. But you’re here for the spa, right? The onsite Rittenhouse Spa & Club has the full works when it comes to relaxation. Check out treatments like the Quartet Massage that gets not two but four hands up in the mix, or more specialized treatments like lip smoothing. Your journey towards your happy place doesn't end there; the hotel also boasts a fully equipped gym, pool and hair salon so you can keep the pamper party going. Toting a four-legged friend along? The Rittenhouse Hotel is pet-friendly, and hotel staff will be more than happy to take your pet out for a walk while you’re being pampered.
Hidden inside the grandeur of the posh Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon offers traditional massages, such as Swedish, deep tissue and even a Tibetan-influenced one for couples, plus a variety of luxe speciality treatments and enhancements like raindrop therapy infused with essential oils. Other services include facials and a full salon with hair and makeup services so get all scrubbed up before heading down to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to catch a show.
Also located in the heart of Rittenhouse, this grand hotel with modern accents complementing its early-1920s architecture puts you right in the middle of some of the essential Philadelphia attractions. It also offers the chance to unwind and relax with a massage—without even leaving your room. The hotel offers in-room spa services that are available daily, such as blissful rubdowns incorporating natural and organic products. There’s also a salon in the house and, if you’re traveling with pals, you can have the option to book group spa services like hot-stone revitalizations, neck massages and foot fatigue reflexology.
This historic building on the Avenue of the Arts is inner-outer beauty personified—from its stately, towering facade to the host of awesome amenities within, including luxury shops, a fantastic fitness centre and dining at the lofty XIX (Nineteen). And if you really want to relax to the max? you'll be spoilt for choice at the lavish Artur Kirsh Salon & Spa, which offers a wide selection of facials and body treatments (wraps and scrubs) in addition to salon services like cuts and color treatments. You can the spa session to the next level with a mani/pedi or keratin treatment.
When you're done perusing the shops on nearby Rittenhouse Row, head back to basecamp at this modern, art deco-style boutique hotel and order up some of its signature in-room spa services. You can choose from 50- or 80-minute massages, and head-to-toe skin treatments like a hydrating body wrap. If you want to delve deeper into the land of luxury, the Palomar’s King Spa Suites and One Bedroom Suites come with an oversized Fuji soaking tub, allowing guests to create their own spa-like experience. The hotel offers bath salts free of charge, or you can snag a bath bomb for a small fee. Each room also comes with a free yoga mat so you can get your downward dogs in before bedtime.
Hotel Palomar’s sister property—located in Old City and within walking distance of Philadelphia‘s top historic attractions—also offers in-room spa services. Get the kinks worked out with customized massages that incorporate wild-crafted, natural and organic oils, lotions and scents that’ll have your room and body smelling delicious. Choose from Swedish, deep tissue, sports or reflexology treatments, a Calm Mind massage that focuses on the head and temples, and more. Body treatments include a trio of wraps that’ll have you cozied up in a skin-hydrating cocoon with essential oils like lavender or nourishing spirulina. To do it right, ask for a room that comes with a deep-soaking tub when you book—and make sure to get a bottle (or three) of bubbly delivered to your room.
If you want to be closer to the masterpieces housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, you’ll feel right at home at this contemporary hotel that is also conveniently close to the shops in Rittenhouse and Logan Square. When you have a free day, head to the hotel’s Spa at the Logan, which offers a jampacked menu of services that includes the knot-busting 80-minute Alpine Arnica Deep Tissue Massage and, for something more relaxing, the Nirvana Stress Relief Massage. Looking to turn back the clock? Skin treatments like the Vitamin C15 Brightening Facial or the Collagen Anti-Aging Facial should do the trick.
These last few options are a bit outside Philadelphia, for folks whose idea of a relaxing spa weekend doesn‘t involve being in a hotel in the city. First up, this spot in King of Prussia, only about a 20-minute drive from Center City, which besides its lineup of casino games, live entertainment and restaurants, lavishes Zen-seeking guests with an outdoor pool and full-service spa, where you can reap the benefits of body treatments like bamboo and hot-stone massages, and facials. Many rooms offer serene views of the bucolic Valley Forge National Park, where you can get in some power walks in the morning. You’re also within a stone’s throw of King of Prussia Mall for all the retail therapy your heart desires.
This Main Line hotel is nestled within a lush garden that’s perfect for a peaceful getaway near the city. Many of the quaint, compact rooms also face the flower-filled space, so you can stretch out on your plush-top mattress and enjoy the view. In addition to perks like a Sunday champagne brunch and onsite American eatery Glenmorgan Bar & Grill, the hotel offers a full menu of spa services courtesy of the Jay Michael Salon and Spa by Dr. Alison. Pamper yourself with facial treatments, body massages, manicures, pedicures, makeup applications and more—with options for teens and kids, too, if you feel like bringing them along. Mother-daughter weekends, anyone?
This sprawling B&B is nestled on five acres of bucolic landscape in New Hope, seamlessly blending luxury and classic charm that’ll have you unwinding before you've even set foot in the door. The eight rooms and suites onsite are charmingly decorated with shabby-chic accoutrements like frilly throw pillows, antique lamps, floral curtains and vases overflowing with fresh flowers. Sprawl out on the king-size feather bed, get the fireplace going, then order up an in-suite massage, which could include a romantic couples variety or Swedish or hot stone treatments. The heated outdoor pool—which is particularly gorgeous under the night sky — and freshly cooked breakfasts are the icing on your treat-yo’self cake.