What We Love
- Automated coded check-in
- In-room iPads with pre-loaded apps for food and grocery delivery
- One of the suites is named after local megastar, Will Smith
- Curated guidebooks, designed by an area tattoo and design company, True Hand Society
What To Know
- The hotel is the first hospitality venture for sustainable housing developers Postgreen Homes
- Each room is equipped with washer/dryers and a full kitchen
- The hotel is unstaffed
- This historic property was once a printing gallery
- Free WiFi
Tech-forward, do-it-yourself, all-suite design sleep in Philadelphia’s Historic District
If there’s a bellwether for the future of American hospitality, this hi-tech Philly game-changer comprised of atmospheric one and two-bedroom apartments within walking distance of the Liberty Bell might just be it. For starters, there’s not a receptionist, concierge, or housekeeper in sight—as part of its commitment to “invisible service,” the hotel replaces the usual front-desk formalities with inventive courtesies that anticipate your needs, like an email survey sent prior to your stay (guests are asked how they take their coffee, and why they’re visiting Philly, among other thoughtful questions), a cadre of area experts who are super accessible via phone and tablet, and techy trimmings, like Sonos music systems linked to a guests’ internet radio and Spotify accounts, in addition to Apple TVs. The loft-style interiors are equal parts Scandinavian and shabby-chic, with flea market-flavored finds and leather furniture by local craftsmen. Modern creature comforts abound, from claw-foot tubs and enormous rain showers to sumptuous bed linens by Parachute. Though the showstopper might just be the pre-loaded bar carts (curated by a Philly-based spirits company) and cocktail recipe book, which remind you that this is, indeed, your luxurious home away from home.
In the Area
If you’re going to experience Philly like both a local and a visitor, there’s no better pocket to be based in. As America’s oldest square mile, Old City, once a warren of warehouses, is now lined with edgy independent boutiques and airy outdoor cafés. Though there are plenty of touristy treats like interactive Colonial-era reenactments—in the summer months, find costumed actors strutting around Independence National Historical Park—and historic pub tours. It’s also an art lover’s mecca, with over 40 galleries, which keep their doors open late on the first Friday of every month for a set of well-attended wine-and-cheese receptions. Don’t miss brunch at Revolution House, a former 17th-century meeting house.
How to Get There
I stayed in the Tina room at the Lokal Hotel. This place is a total stunner. And beyond the beautiful aesthetics and thoughtful details, the bed was incredibly comfortable, and the location is perfect. This was my first time in Philadelphia and the Old City location is close to all the classics: the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and some of the most quaint streets and shops in the city. The hotel thought of everything, including a little goodie bag filled with local treats. I recommend starting your day off at Menagerie Coffee, located within a 5 minute walk from Old City. Thanks for everything!
I can only say good things about Lokal Old City. We had such an amazing staycation in Philadelphia for July 4th. It’s in a fantastic location–minutes from dozens of shops, restaurants and the subway. Once we stepped into the room we were wowed by how beautiful it was, and then it just kept getting better the more we explored the room. They’ve thought of everything to make the place feel like your own while you’re there. The in-room iPad that controlled music and food orders was such a cool touch.. the guide book on what to explore within the city was incredibly curated.. the bike helmets.. the bar cart.. you get the idea. Would hands down stay there or another Lokal property in the future.
What a delightful few days we had in Philadelphia, especially at Lokal Hotel on N 3rd St. Check in was easy, the full 2 bedroom apartment spotless, well appointed, air-conditioned, and full of small details that we all appreciated. We stayed in Betsy which was very bright, quiet, and large. The neighbourhood is fun, with lots of great eating and drinking options within walking distance. An overall excellent experience that I highly recommend.
Stay Lokal Old City is located in a beautiful, quiet area of Philadelphia. It truly feels like a home away from home. The attention to detail that went into this property is incredible. I was so impressed with the entire experience and especially love the self check-in aspect.
Stayed in Lokal Old City a day ago for a birthday surprise for my girlfriend. We stayed at the Will Suite and Lokal is going to go down as one of the best hotels I've stayed in so far. The space is clean, spacious, and just so beautiful! I love the idea of just coming in to a sun-filled room, all the amenities you'd ever need is complete, and just feeling like you're coming home to your home away from home. I really enjoyed it and the best part? The staff left some bubbly and a kind birthday note for my girlfriend! Just the best (invisible) service! Will definitely be back or would love to check out their other locations soon! <3