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
My wife and I took a short trip to Philly for a little pre-honeymoon mini-moon. The Lokal Hotel was perfect. It was like we had our own little apartment in the heart of Old City Philly. My wife and I were able to walk to so many amazing places we spent one whole day without ever calling an uber!
We stayed for 2 nights in the 3rd floor Tina room facing 3rd street. The glowing reviews here were spot on, Lokal is an awesome boutique hotel, and superbly located for a visit to Philadelphia. The Tina room is a suite, with a windowless interior room with a queen bed. King bed is in the large expansive living/main room, with huge floor to ceiling windows. There's a full kitchen, dishwasher, and stocked with tea and various drip coffee brew equipment. The bathroom is huge as well, with a shower and tub.
All portions of the suite are expertly designed and staged, mid century modern decor integrated with (I think) the structure and layout of a prewar type townhouse / brownstone. There's an in room ipad for further concierge type info and food delivery options given that there is no hotel staff visibly onsite. Check in and entry are seamlessly done through keypads as well. There are no elevators, stairs only, and given the older building the floor can creak a bit, so both to note. The location, as mentioned is great for tourists and others who like the charm of the old city. It's a quick walk to the sites, and 3rd street is great for boutique window shopping.
We stayed here on Sept 15 while attending a concert in the city. We stayed in the Betsy. Upon arrival, we were beyond impressed with this place!! The design and details are impeccable. My husband and I remarked that we could live there haha!! Kitchen was well appointed. Our teenagers liked the bunk beds and not having to share. The bathroom was outstanding. The field guide was VERY helpful and well thought out. We used it for numerous things. One very small suggestion may be to have a mirror somewhere outside the bathroom if you have more than one person getting ready but by no means did this cause an issue or take away from our stay! We are easy guests and so the invisible service was perfect for us. We felt it saved time and allowed us to enjoy our stay and the city more.
We also loved 3rd street and the surrounding area-Old City is a delight and we wished we had more time to explore. We will definitely be back.
My stay at the Lokal Hotel was superb! I felt right at home. It was like I had my own apartment to relax, read, and unwind in for the night and if I chose to- entertain in as well.
So imagine an AirBnB, only you’re not renting out someone’s apartment or home. Yet, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the same offerings, including a full kitchen, in-unit laundry, and living space!
If you are looking for a place to stay with a feel that is right at home, Stay Lokal.
Lokal Hotel is a unique AirBnB style hotel in which you enter a code to get to your fully-equipped room, no check-in necessary. The room was great! It had a full kitchen and a washer and dryer, the bed was comfy, and there's an ipad to easily order food, play music, etc. on hand. Lokal managers took time to find out how I liked my coffee and had the room stocked with local brew. Even though the hotel is in a pretty busy spot in town, my room was super quiet. Highly recommend for any kind of travel.