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
We loved everything about our stay -- being able to make coffee in the morning, the quiet aspect of the area, the beautiful, modern design of the rooms, the spaciousness. An excellent place to stay. We will be back.
Did not stay here but my two friends did for their honeymoon. I called the morning of their check in to see if I could have a couple drinks waiting for them at their room with a note from me. I wasn't sure how I'd be able to do it since I wasn't on site, but Courtney courteously took my request and made it happen with ease. She even comped the drinks for me! I haven't seen the property but just by my interaction with Courtney and her willingness to go the extra mile for me and more importantly, my two newlywed friends, I am sure this is a wonderful place to stay with top notch service! Thank you, Courtney!
We loved this hotel, it feels more like an apartment, so you feel yourself at home from the very beginning.
Its design is gorgeous and stylish plus it is really comfortable and convenient. Loved all the amenities, personal wifi (so it is faster), smart TV, aircon, full equipped kitchen with good coffee, many kinds of tea and spices, even good quality olive oil and vinegars!
Really good bathroom too, with good gel and shampoo + conditioner and hair dryer.
We only stayed for a night as our visit to Philly was short but would have stayed mucho longer!