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Lokal – Philadelphia’s first “invisible service” boutique hotel

26. Januar 2018

Featuring six, apartment-style suites, Lokal is offering guests an authentic Philadelphia experience and an escape that feels like home

A high level of behind-the-scenes service

“Invisible service is an approach to hospitality that tries to reduce the barrier between a visitor and the real experience of a place,” says Chad Ludeman, Co-Founder of Stay Lokal, “The idea is to still provide all of those things guests want from a hotel without them feeling like they are leaving the neighborhood and entering something artificial or apart.”

As part of this commitment to the experience, Lokal will provide carefully curated, in-room guidebooks , offering guests local dinner, drink, shopping, and adventure recommendations, which will give unique and honest insights into the city and the neighborhood.

“The inspiration for this project was in our own love of travel and our desire to always do the best of everything when we visit a city,” says Courtney Ludeman, Co-Founder of Stay Lokal. “The in-room guide is a key component. It offers the kind of recommendations you might get from a friend, or a local like us.”

The getaway, located at 139 North 3rd Street, is in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. The space honors the history of the neighborhood, its vibrancy and its distinctly Philly feeling. The building, previously the Silicon Gallery, has a rich history. Past owners have crafted caps for Civil War soldiers, sold wholesale fancy dry goods, distributed liquor, whiskies, and other bitters, and sold wholesale shoes. Lokal is retaining much of the interior and exterior aesthetic of this registered historic building to bring out the stories of people who lived and worked there.

The units, designed for both long and short-term guests, will feature separate bedrooms, full kitchens, washer/dryers and living rooms curated with locally crafted and hand-picked furnishings and amenities. It will be the perfect homebase for visiting business people, vacationing families and friends, and the Philadelphia couple that needs a night of new perspective on their own city.

Images: Courtesy of Lokal


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