by Michael J. Shapiro | June 23, 2016

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, has completed a yearlong, multimillion-dollar renovation project. All of the hotel's 299 guest rooms, 26,000 square feet of meeting space, lobby and public spaces have been updated; and a new restaurant, bar and lounge by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval has debuted.

The historic building originally was built as a reproduction of Rome's Pantheon and opened in 1908 as the Girard Trust Co. The hotel's new design aims to add a fresh, sophisticated feel to the environs, while acknowledging the building's storied past as a financial institution. Guest rooms sport new luxury fabrics and furniture, along with a flexible work/dining space distinct from the relaxation area. The Ritz-Carlton Suite and the Club Lounge have been updated as well.

The hotel's meeting space features historic motifs in the furniture details and an updated clean aesthetic. The original bank vault is now available as a function room, in addition to the 13 meeting rooms on the second and third levels. There are two ballrooms: a 3,075-square-foot petite ballroom and the 6,100-square-foot grand ballroom.

Richard Sandoval's new restaurant, the 206-seat Aqimero, features a wood-burning grill and a Latin/Asian-influenced menu focused on sustainable seafood, steaks, ribs and poultry. The Suviche Bar is a seafood raw bar that also serves sushi and ceviche.