Philadelphia’s Bellevue-Stratford Hotel opened back in 1904.
Built as faux French Renaissance, it was easily the best hotel in Philly and an authentic rival to our own Waldorf Astoria.
Plus it was huge for the time.
19 stories, over 1000 rooms, and the most lavish ballroom in the entire United States.
Something else set it apart, too, the rotundas on the roof.
They’ve been used for fancy special events for over a century, entertaining royalty, world leaders and the spectacularly wealthy.
But regular folks like us can enjoy a very nice breakfast in the rotunda.
The period detailing has been lovingly restored.
My favorite detail is the 1940’s lighting fixtures as sculptural objects in each niche.
But that might be because I’ve hung the same lighting fixtures in my loft.
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