The Bellevue Hotel

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Discover the The Bellevue Hotel with its timeless grandeur and convenient location in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

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The Bellevue Hotel, a charter member of Historic Hotels of America since 1989, dates back to 1904.


Listed on the U.S. Naitonal Register of Historic Places, The Bellevue Hotel has been a member of Historic Hotels of America since its founding in 1989. This remarkable historic hotel has long stood as a revered local landmark in downtown Philadelphia, having first debuted as "The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel" in 1904. Its grand French Renaissance style, designed by Hewitt and Paist, set off the grand dame hotel of Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia. At its peak, The Bellevue-Stratford had 1,090 guestrooms furnished with a choice of a Turkish or Swedish bath. No other American hotel matched it in size or grandeur. Suites offered telephones, which were a high-tech innovation of the time. The width in the guest hallways were specifically designed to allow the dress of the day, Victorian gowns with hoop skirts 6 feet wide, to easily maneuver with grace. All furnishings were placed in the hands of John Wannamaker, Philadelphia-born merchant and “pioneer in marketing.” Wannamaker’s is considered the first department store in Philadelphia.

Every President since Theodore Roosevelt, who was President at the time of the Bellevue-Stratford’s opening, has visited the hotel. Many stayed in the four-bedroom Presidential Suite, which was built in 1954 with guidance from the U.S. Secret Service. Heads of State from Romania, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, and Ireland, among others, were also known to frequent the hotel. The current guestroom design, led by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, is a modern interpretation of classic Philadelphia that explores the rich political, artistic, theatrical, and musical history of the city. The designers collaborated with artistic and cultural organizations in the area, in particular Opera Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre, and Pennsylvania Ballet, bringing specific elements from each institute into the interior design. Each floor is themed differently with beautifully drawn costume design sketches from the archives of the opera, theatre, and ballet adorning the hallways, taking guests on a historical journey through the building.

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