philadelphia: lokal hotel opening

© lokal / photography: heidi's bridge

philadelphia is back on our radar, and it's for a pretty good reason. situated in the scenic old city, amidst an abundance of independent boutiques, restaurants, cafés and art galleries, is a newly opened boutique hotel that not only blends in seamlessly with the small-scale historic surrounds, but also caters to travellers with penchant for an authentic and upscale travel experience. aptly called lokal, the property occupies a brick building from 1920 that was originally erected as a family home. owners chad and courtney ludeman collaborated with design practice jersey ice cream company, and cleverly retained the intimate atmosphere of the premises. the property features just six suites, each with the look and feel of an exclusive private apartment.

obviously homey and welcoming, there's also a strong sense of style, captured by a balanced selection of materials, furnishings and hues that do justice to the architecture. the suites offer all the modern comfort today's savvy traveller can't do without, such as high-speed internet, a flat screen tv, a sonos playbar, and either a walk-in shower or bath tub, but being set up as apartments, they come with living rooms, full-fledged kitchens, and washer/dryers. and that's not all, folks. adding up to lokal's tailor-made hospitality concept is its so-called invisible service, a service that's readily available, but only when you need it. this means no front desk, no on-site staff, but a nifty ipad uploaded with multiple service-driven apps. an old school preference for a friendly face? sure, that can be arranged too. location: 139 north 3rd street [old city].

© lokal / photography: heidi's bridge