Philly has plenty of new hotels in the pipeline, a pretty clear sign of the city’s growing popularity among out-of-town visitors. While a majority of these hotels have yet to come on line, there are at least five that have recently opened their doors since January and are wowing us with their stunning interiors, from Wm. Mulherin’s Sons’ vintage hotel to the refreshing modern interiors of the Study in University City.
It’s been exciting to watch construction on the Study in University City since its groundbreaking in May 2015. Now, the 212-room hotel is officially open and delights with its bright and contemporary interiors. Given its location between Drexel and Penn, the Study tends to cater towards professors, families of students, and other visitors to the neighborhood, and features a mix of overnight and extended-stay rooms with study areas and suites.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons hotel portion opened in late March, one year after its downstairs restaurant opened its doors at 1355 N. Front Street. Designed for both overnight and extended stays, the rooms in the former whiskey distillery come with fully-equipped kitchens and are pretty much a vintage-lover’s dream. Just book early: There are only four hotel rooms available.
This new venture from the folks behind Postgreen Homes brings a new “invisible service” concept to Lokal at 139 N. 3rd Street in Old City. Each of the six rooms are the works of the design duo Jersey Ice Cream Co., and a majority of the finishes, furniture, and other offerings are from local makers and vendors. Check out the before-after transformation of the historic building here.
AKA University City
AKA is known for transforming older, historic buildings into high-end, extended-stay suites. That’s what sets AKA University City apart from the rest, since it’s the first location to set up shop in a new build, the 49-story FMC Tower. That means it offers the most jaw-dropping views of the city out of all of the hotels on this list. (Prefer that old-world charm? AKA Washington Square West just renovated its bi-level penthouse suites in the historic Ben Franklin Hotel.)
Directly across the street from Lokal in Old City, the Lema House consists of three apartments on the top three floors of a historic building, with a Lema showroom on the ground floor. What’s interesting is that each apartment is completely outfitted with Lema furniture and Bulthaup kitchens and appliances, so it’s essentially an opportunity to live in a high-end furniture showroom for a weekend.