celebrating our second century

Welcome Guide


Welcome to AKA Rittenhouse Square. We are pleased to have you staying with us and wish to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

AKA balances the style and hospitality of an intimate hotel with the space and comfort of a full appointed luxury condominium. Specializing in stays of a week or longer, AKA stands for unparalleled metropolitan locations; signature design; and exceptional business, fitness and lifestyle services.

Our staff is empowered to respond to any request that you may have, but if you need further assistance please contact me in my office at 215.825.7005.

Please take a moment to look over the enclosed cards that provide information about our property and Resident Services, along with stores and services available in the neighborhood. If you need further information or need help operating or adjusting anything in your suite, please ask. We’d like to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

Once again, thank you for choosing AKA Rittenhouse Square.


Emma C. Williams

Managing Director



Offering preferred seating for AKA residents, the on-site restaurant at AKA Rittenhouse Square presents high quality seasonal dishes with bold flavors; the city’s most unusual and interesting wine list; superb cocktails; and craft beers served in a laid-back, pretense- free environment.

The casual and sophisticated atmosphere, created by NYC architect Edward Asfour, is enhanced by a warm and modern interior of white oak, patinated steel and Vermont marble. There is also a ten-seat open kitchen and storefront which opens completely for comfortable park side dining. A.kitchen received a glowing Three-Bell review from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s restaurant critic, Craig LaBan, and continues to attract attention from the media and locals around the neighborhood.

a.kitchen is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. All major credit cards are accepted. For reservations, please dial 7030 from your suite.


Introducing a new sibling to a.kitchen at AKA Rittenhouse Square, on the corner of 18th and Walnut Streets. A refined, yet unpretentious bar focussing on superb wines, craft beers and cocktails, a.bar is a lively addition to the AKA resident experience and the entire historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Open daily for lunch and dinner, a.bar offers preferred seating and a private entrance for AKA residents.


Feel like a workout? Sweat it out at a.fitness, AKA Rittenhouse Square’s newly-designed on site fitness center, located on the second floor and open to residents seven days a week, from 5 am – 11 pm. You will find brand new state of the art equipment including low impact treadmill; elliptical fitness cross trainer and personal viewing screens. Personal training sessions are available and can be scheduled by the Resident Services Team. For a more intense workout, classes or specific weight training equipment, AKA Rittenhouse Square has partnered with The Sporting Club at The Belleview, which will accommodate AKA residents at no additional cost. The club features a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, and studios for yoga, spinning, and more.



Our Resident Services team is available and at your service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are equipped to provide many services including restaurant recommendations and reservations, purchasing concert or event tickets, arranging floral deliveries, limousine or car services, or scheduling salon or spa appointments. Contact Resident Services for assistance for anything you may need by dialing 0


Upon check in, you will be provided with your personal telephone extension, which rings directly to your suite. You may receive calls directly to your suite without going through the Resident Services desk. Or, feel free to have your callers dial the front desk at 215.825.7000 and we will gladly transfer any calls to your suite. Should you not be available, your caller will be able to leave you a voicemail message on your suite’s voicemail system. Your phone will have a blinking message light when a message has been left for you. In order to retrieve your messages dial 55 and follow the voice prompted instructions. Please see the additional instructions for information on the use of specific phone and voicemail functions.


• Resident Services Desk—press 0

• AKA Rittenhouse Square’s main number is 215.825.7000

• Suite phone number is provided upon check-in.

• Suite Extension is last 4 digits of suite phone number.

    You can call another suite by dialing the suite number.

    Press 2 + suite number for floors below 10.

    Dial suite number for floors 10 and above.

    For Penthouse dial 140 + Penthouse number

• Local (215 area code only) calls are free 


Domestic telephone calls: dial 9 + 1 + area code + number

International: 9 + 011 + country code + city code + number

Country Codes: Australia +61 · France +33 · Germany +49 · Hong Kong +852 · Italy +39 · Ireland +353 · Russia +7 · South Africa +27 · Spain +34 · Sweden +46 · Switzerland +41 · United Kingdom +44 · United Arab Emirates +971

Telephone charges .

• Domestic long distance and toll calls 10 cents per minute

• International calls Please contact Resident Services for rates

• Directory assistance $1.50 per call

• Operator assisted calls Paetec operator assisted rate + 100%


Wireless and wired high–speed internet access

High–speed internet access is available in all suites and is provided free of charge.

To access internet

• Each suite has a private network for Internet access via a wireless cable modem.

• You can connect to your suite’s private network with a Cat 5 cable or wirelessly.

• You can connect directly to your private network by plugging a Cat 5 cable into any blue wall jack in your suite. If you need a Cat 5 cable, ask at the Resident Services Desk.

• A computer with WiFi is needed to connect to the Internet wirelessly. Each suite’s private network has a unique SSID and password. To connect wirelessly, view available wireless networks on your computer. The SSID is your suite number (suite+#). The network is secured by WPA-PSK encryption. Resident Services can provide you with the password to get connected wirelessly. No password is needed if you are connecting with a Cat 5 cable directly to your computer.


Cable TV is provided via Comcast Cable.

• There are more than 200 digital channels of domestic and international programming including 100+ HD channels and the HBO premium package. Current channel lineup can be found under controller in TV cabinet.

• DVR and specialty stations can be added to the digital package at an additional cost. Please inquire with Resident Services for more information.


Housekeeping will be provided once a week for guests staying five or more nights. Daily housekeeping is provided for guests staying less than five nights. Housekeeping will be completed between 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. If you prefer your suite to be serviced at a specific time or on a specific day of the week, or would like an additional housekeeping service visit please call the Resident Services desk by dialing 0 to arrange your request. Additional housekeeping days will incur an additional charge.


Please note that we remove trash from all suites every day between 10am and noon. If you do not want us to collect your trash every day, please call Resident Services. In order to ensure a clean environment for all AKA residents we kindly ask that you do not leave your refuse in the hallway.


If you experience a mechanical problem in your suite, please contact Resident Services by dialing 0 so that we may have our engineering staff quickly address the issue.


Same–day valet dry cleaning and laundry service are available, Monday through Friday. Please bring items to the Resident Services desk by 9:00 am and they will be returned back to the Resident Services and available for pick–up after 6:00 pm. Please call the Resident Services desk by dialing 0 before 8:30 am if you prefer to have your items picked–up from your suite.


Resident Services will accept and store guest packages and will contact you by phone when a package has been accepted on your behalf. Please note we can only accept packages for guests registered in our system.


If you’d like to receive mail during your stay please use the following address: Registered Guest Name c/o AKA Rittenhouse Square 135 South 18th Street, Suite ______ Philadelphia, PA 19103



Emergency Number 911

Police/Fire/Ambulance 911

Philadelphia Police Department (9th District)

401 North 21st Street 215.686.3090


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 324 South 34th Street 215.590.1000

Pennsylvania Hospital 800 Spruce Street 215.829.3000

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 111 South 11th 215.955.6000

Temple University Hospital 3401 North Broad Street 215.707.2000

Wills Eye Hospital 840 Walnut Street 215.928.3000

Philadelphia County Dental Society 215.925.6050

CVS (Open 24/7) 1826 Chestnut Street at 19th Street

Rite Aid 1628 Chestnut Street, near 17th Street 215.564.2790


PNC Bank 1849 Walnut Street 215.496.1230

Bank of America 1818 Market Street 800.841.4000

TD Bank 1726 Walnut Street 215.565.1655

Firsttrust Bank 1901 Walnut Street 215.963.0744

Sovereign Bank 2000 Market Street 215.854.1755

Wells Fargo Bank 1712 Walnut Street 215.790.0415


American Express Travel

1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 215.587.2300


Fedex Kinko’s 216 South 16th 215.732.2033

Staples 1500 Chestnut Street 215.864.9520


2037 Chestnut Street 215.567.3773

1500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard 215.496.9681


Free Library of Philadelphia 1905 Locust Street 215.685.6621

(need id and public address first time)



General Information (24hr) 215.937.6937

Lost & Found 215.937.6888

Automated Flight Information 800.745.4283

8000 Essington Ave,Philadelphia PA 19153


Avis Rent-A-Car 2000 Arch Street 215.563.4477

Alamo (Airport) 36 South 19th and Ludlow 215.492.3690

Enterprise Car Rental 36 South 19th Street 215.751.1460


Celebrity Limo Malvern, PA 610.651.2800

Dave’s Best Limousine Service (Low $) Philadelphia 215.288.1000

First Class Luxury Limos (Paul Callaghan) Delran, NJ 856.461.3300


Amtrak amtrak.com 800.872.7245

Greyhound Bus Line greyhound.com 215.849.8966

Patco Speedline 215.922.4600 (Philadelphia Local and New Jersey Stops)

Septa Bus and Subway Headquarters septa.com 215.580.7800


Cabs are readily accessible at the entrance of AKA. Please see Resident Services for assistance.

City Cab Co. 6821 Norwitch Drive 215.492.6500

Yellow Cab 8125 Frankford Avenue 215.333.3333


Midas 4138 Market Street 215.382.3298

Pep Boys 1000 S.Colombus Blvd 215.463.9830



Barnes and Noble 1805 Walnut Street 215.665.0716

Joseph Fox Bookshop 1724 Sansom Street 215.563.4184

Whodunit Philadelphia Books 1931 Chestnut Street 215.567.1478


Free Library of Philadelphia 1905 Locust Street


(need id and public address first time)


Boyd’s 1818 Chestnut Street 215.564.9000

Franklin Mills Mall (Outlets) 1455 Franklin Mills Circle 215.632.1500

Macy’s 1300 Market Street 215.241.9000

King of Prussia Mall 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia 610.265.5727


Rittenhouse Row District Walnut Street between Broad and 18th Streets



DiBruno Bros Gourmet Market 1730 Chestnut Street 215.665.9220

Sue’s Produce 114 South 18th 215.241.0102

Super Fresh 10th and South Street 215.238.8859

The Rittenhouse Market 17th and Spruce Street 215.985.5930

Trader Joe’s 2121 Market Street 215.569.9282

Whole Foods Market 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue 215.557.0015

If you’d like us to stock some things in your refrigerator or suite while you’re out and about for the day, just ask, and we’ll get what you need. And, of course, if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know how we may help make your stay most enjoyable.


Savoy Cleaners 266 South 18th



Doms Shoe Service 203 S. 20th



George Baker Flowers 215.545.8448

Flower Expressions 215.665.9103

Flower & CO 215.989.9171


Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores (Wine & Spirits Shop) 2040 Market Street 215.241.1497

The Corner Foodery (craft and imported beer) 1710 Sansom Street 215.567.1500


Rittenhouse Hardware 2001 Pine Street



Rave Motion PIctures University City 6 230 South 40th 215.386.3300

Ritz Movies (3 Locations) www.ritzfilmbill.com

Roxy Theatre 2023 Sansom Street 215.923.6699


Adolf Biecker Spa & Salon 1605 Sansom Street 215.735.6404

Pure Bliss Wellness Center & Spa (In-House Massages) 1704 Walnut Street 215.732.7873

Thunder Hair Salon 110 South 19th 215.563.2665

Toppers Spa & Salon 117 South 19th 215.496.9966

I’m Sergio (Men’s Salon) 1825 JFK Blvd 216.454.6381



Arch Street United Methodist Church (Methodist) 55 North Broad Street 215.568.6250

First Baptist Church (Baptist) 1636 Samson Street 215.563.3853

Holy Communion Church (Lutheran) 2110 Chestnut Street 215.496.9116

Presbyterian Foundation of Philadelphia 1845 Walnut Street, Suite 12 215.965.1910

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 1625 Locust Street 215.735.1416

Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church (Roman Catholic) 242 South 20th Street 215.735.9900


Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel 300 South 18th St 215.735.5148

Vilna Congregation 509 Pine Street 215.563.3853


Philadelphia Ethical Society 1906 Rittenhouse Square




Friend’s Child Care Center 1501 Cherry Street 215.241.7011

King’s Child Care Center 2204 Walnut Street 215.564.3457

Your Other Hands 714 S. Colorado Street 215.790.0990


Art Institute of Philadelphia 1622 Chestnut Street 800.275.2474

Drexel University 3141 Chestnut Street 215.895.2400

Lasalle University 1900 West Olney Avenue 215.951.1300

Moore College of Art and Design (for women) 20th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.965.4000

Pierce College 1420 Pine Street 215.545.6400

St. Joseph’s University 5600 City Avenue 610.660.1000

Temple University 1801 North Broad Street 215.204.7000

University of Pennsylvania 3451 Walnut Street 215.898.5000



Friends Select School (Pre-K thru 12) 17th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.561.5900

The Philadelphia School (K-8) 2501 Lombard Street 215.545.5323


School District of Pennsylvania 440 North Broad Street 215.400.4000



Betsy Ross House 239 Arch Street 215.686.1252

City Hall Broad and Market Streets 215.686.1776

City Tavern 2nd and Walnut Street 215.413.1443

Congress Hall 150 Chestnut Street 215.965.2305

Declaration House 7th and Market Street 215.965.2305

Eastern State Penitentiary 2124 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300

First Bank of the United States 120 South 3rd 215.597.8974

Franklin Court 316–322 Market Street 215.965.2305

Franklin’s Grave 5th and Arch Street

Free Quaker Meeting House 500 Arch Street 215.965.2305

Independence Hall 5th–6th and Chestnut Street 215.965.2305

Independence National Historic Park 215.965.2305

Independence Visitor Center 6th and Market St. 800.537.7676

Liberty Bell Center 5th–6th on Market Street 215.965.2305

National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street 215.409.6600


Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.299.1000

African American History Museum 701 Arch Street 215.574.0380

American Philosophical Society 104 South 5th 215.440.3440

The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.278.7200

Franklin Institute 222 North 20th 215.448.1200

Mütter Museum 19 South 22nd 215.563.3737

National Museum of American Jewish History 55 North 5th 215.923.3811

NJ State Aquarium Camden, New Jersey 856.365.3300

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118-128 North Broad Street 215.972.7600

Philadelphia Museum of Art / Rocky Statue 26th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.763.8100

Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic 215.581.3181

Rodin Museum 22nd and Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215.568.6026

United States Mint 151 North Independence Mall East 215.408.0209

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology 3260 Spruce Street (on campus) 215.898.4000


Boathouse Row 26th and Kelly Drive

Chinatown 8th–11th Arch–Vine Street

National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street 215.409.6600

Fairmount Park along Kelly Drive 215.683.0200

Italian Market 9th between Christian–Federal

JFK Plaza - Love Park 16th and JFK Boulevard

Kimmel Center 300 South Broad Street 215.790.5800 tickets 215.893.1999

Penns Landing 100 South Columbus Avenue 215.928.8801

Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street 215.418.4700

Philadelphia Zoo 3400 West Girard Avenue 215.243.1100

Reading Terminal Market 12th and Arch Street 215.922.2317

South Street between Front Street and 8th

Welcome Park 240 South 2nd 215.965.2305



110 South 13th Street 215.546.9300

Mediterranean small–plates restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village section of Center City. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, the food is bold and flavorful. Skip desert—instead go across the street to Capogiro—for some smooth and luscious gelato.


237 South 18th Street 215.732.7560

Cutting–edge steak from uber–restauranteur Stephen Starr. Perhaps the best steaks in the city, in a pleasingly un–steakhouse atmosphere. And they have Kobe beef, of course.


118 South 20th Street 215.665.1088 A classic American bar with over 80 whiskeys and serving what is arguably, though hotly debated, the best burger in town. Great for late night eating and drinking.


1312 Spruce Street 215.732.3478 The city’s finest Italian restaurant, often touted as one of the country’s best, though with only 34 seats, a very tough reservation to get, indeed. Marc Vetri is without equal in the kitchen. Also, a stellar wine list, ably overseen by co–owner Jeff Benjamin.


128 South 19th Street 215.568.1027

Traditional Japanese with a modern twist from ex–Morimoto protege Zama Tanaka. In addition to perfectly sourced and sliced fish, Zama has created compelling maki rolls named after local celebs—with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.


306 Market Street 215.625.9425

Warm and casual upscale Old City bistro that adds a touch of class and grace to the neighborhood. With one of the more appealing dining bars in town, as well as a superbly edited wine list focusing on small producers, Fork is great for a relaxed dinner or a glass of wine after a Ritz movie.


237 Saint James Place 215.625.8800

Zahav showcases the Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine of Chef/Owner Michael Solomonov. In 2008, Zahav was named one of Esquire’s Top 20 New Restaurants in America and Philadelphia Magazine selected Zahav as its Best New Restaurant. The main dining room features authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and open-coal cooking in a casual and fun setting.


Sitting proudly on what may be Philadelphia’s most bustling corner, 18th and Walnut Streets, the majestic twelve–story AKA Rittenhouse Square has been respectfully transformed with stylish, up-to-the-minute interiors while preserving the building’s magnificent historic façade. Ideally located on the eastern side of Rittenhouse Square—the gem of the five open-space parks planned for the city by William Penn during the late 17th century—one can cross over Walnut Street and head into the park for an afternoon of reading or sunbathing, taking a break for an espresso or coffee at the trendy café La Colombe, or heading east, take a walk to Broad Street and the Rafael Vinoly-designed Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the outstanding Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is a perfect balance of residential dwellings with a lively commercial and cultural life. Originally called Southwest Square, Rittenhouse Square is named after David Rittenhouse, a descendant of the first paper-maker in Philadelphia, German immigrant William Rittenhouse. Today, the tree-filled park is surrounded with trendy shops, restaurants, and luxury apartments. Its green grasses and benches are major lunch-time destinations for workers in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood, while its lion and goat statues are popular gathering spots for small children and their parents.

More broadly, the name Rittenhouse Square is used informally to designate neighborhood surrounding the Square itself, at its greatest extent encompassing most of the western half of Center City, from Market Street in the north to South Street in the south, and from Broad Street on the east to the Schuylkill River on the west. This area of the city, particularly the blocks to the south of the square, contains some of the most expensive real estate in Philadelphia.


To ensure your furnished suite feels like a home away from home, we have provided the following kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living room items. These should provide for a comfortable and enjoyable stay but if there is anything additional that you require please dial 0 to reach the Resident Services desk so that we may satisfy your request.

living room 46” sony bravia lcd television · sony dvd player · orchid · where guestbook

linens one of each: custom tailored coverlett and bedskirt · mattress pad · white cotton woven blanket · bath mat · luxe triple sheeting package two/three of each: hypo allergenic softique pillows with pillowcases and pillow protectors· new generation soft and downey pillows with pillowcases and pillow protectors (pillows vary based on bed size) six of each: egyptian cotton bath towels · egyptian cotton hand towels · egyptian cotton wash cloths

bedroom per bedroom: 32” sony bravia lcd · cordless telephone w/ voice mail · aka note pad and aka pen · two aka bath robes · one aka bath robe in second bedroom (if applicable)

bathroom one of each per bathroom: wastebasket · ionic 1875 watt hair dryer

kitchen one of each: microwave oven and stainless steel appliances · rectangular serving platter · 7 pc. stainless steel cookware set · stainless steel measuring spoon & cup set · pair of scissors · comfort grip can opener · chrome wing corkscrew · 3 pc. chef ‘s knife set · 3 pc. stain–shield storage bowl set · solid spoon, slotted spoon, slotted turner, and wide turner · tongs · krups automatic drip ten cup coffee maker · glass cutting board · cuisinart compact two slice toaster · wastebasket · oxo colander · baking sheet · wrapped sponge · oxo dust pan and brush · cutlery tray · pyrex glass square & rectangular bakeware set and measuring cup · copco tea kettle · hand towel · kitchen aid silicone potholders six of each: dinner plates, salad plates and soup bowls · coffee cups with saucers · dinner forks, salad forks, dessert spoon, dinner knives, and teaspoons · large and medium beverage glasses · wine glasses

entry closet ironing board with rowenta powerglide iron

utilities included heat, hot water, electricity, digital cable with HBO, wireless internet service & local telephone service

furnishings subject to change