The Lokal Hotel

The saying goes “when in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere”. And at the brand-new Lokal Hotel in Philadelphia‘s Old City, “invisible service” means you can do just that.

The concept is simple. These days we all want to travel like a local and stay somewhere which feels like a home away from home – tricky if you’ve got staff fussing over your every move. So at Lokal, they’ve replaced people with tech (eek), which means no front desk, and actually, no onsite staff at all. In their words: “You are big boys and girls. You know what you’re doing. We trust you.” Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re left completely on your own – they’ve hooked the place up with the fanciest technology to ensure your service experience is (dare we say it) even better than the human kind. That means automated check-in and iPads in all the rooms, loaded with apps to bring you anything from home essentials to groceries or takeaway.

Chad and Courtney Ludeman, the husband and wife dream team behind it, have also done up the whole place to feel homely. Doing away with often anonymous hotel decor, six polished lofts – each named after a Philly resident – warmly beckon guests with features like squishy but stylish armchairs, vintage furniture, large rugs, comfortable beds, bedside lamps and thoughtfully chosen books. Probably better than your own home though, rooms are kitted out with a state-of-the-art entertainment system with a 52-inch flat-screen TV, Sonos Playbar, Spotify, Apple TV and high-speed internet access. Other household touches include a fully equipped kitchen, washing machines and tumble dryers.

To complete the experience, the Ludemans have put together a carefully curated Lokal guide to Philadelphia, picking out favourite spots and hidden gems to help you experience the city like a true resident, from dive bars to quirky shops.

A home away from home? We wish our home was this good.

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The Lokal Hotel

  • +1 (267) 702-4345
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  • 139 N 3rd Street
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania, USA
    19106

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