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Lokal Hotel

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  • Elfreth's Alley
  • price 3 of 4
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

An ‘invisible service’ boutique hotel that rubs shoulders with charming shops and fancy bars in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City

Lokal is an achingly gorgeous boutique hotel with just six rooms, each of which looks like it belongs in a glossy magazine and comes with thoughtful touches like locally sourced toiletries and personalized coffee (they ask you what you like before you arrive). In truth, the place feels more like an Airbnb than a hotel, thanks to an ‘invisible service’ system that means you check yourself in using a snazzy touch-screen device and never actually see a member of staff. Inside, you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen complete with herbs and spices and an in-room iPad loaded with delivery apps through which you can order supplies straight to your door, making Lokal a place you won’t ever want – or need – to leave.

Old City is Philly’s best neighborhood for those who like to spend their days wandering in and out of boutique homeware shops and stopping off for the odd coffee – plus, it incorporates all of the historic attractions you’ll want to tick off your to-do list. The buildings in this area are also some of the most beautiful in the city, and a smattering of excellent restaurants and bars make it a great place for going out at night too.

1. Zahav: For the best Israeli food you’ll eat outside of Tel Aviv.
2. Royal Boucherie: For top-notch cocktails in an intimate setting.
3. High Street on Market: For delicious baked goods and brunch.

Time Out tip:
Bring a bottle of your favorite spirit (or buy one from Art in the Age just across the road) to make the most of your room’s cocktail-making kit, which comes with a shaker, tonic water and bitters.

Alex Plim
Written by
Alex Plim


139 N 3rd St
Cross street:
between Cherry and Quarry Sts
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