A Chic Boutique Hotel Links Up With Local Designers in Philadelphia’s Fishtown
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A Chic Boutique Hotel Links Up With Local Designers in Philadelphia’s Fishtown

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
The newly opened Fishtown Lokal is a cross between a boutique hotel and an Airbnb, with a special focus on local design.

Fishtown Lokal is a newly launched six-room hotel in Philadelphia's hip and popular Fishtown neighborhood. It's the second outpost of the design-driven mini-chain founded by Chad and Courtney Ludeman.

The husband-and-wife team launched their first location, Lokal Hotel, in the heart of Philadelphia's historic Old City, and then followed up with a popular A-frame rental just outside the city in New Jersey.

Their latest lodging, Fishtown Lokal, is a cross between an Airbnb and a boutique hotel, and it embraces what the owners call "invisible service." There is no front desk or on-site staff; instead an online check-in service provides a code for the building and its rooms.

The "Baller Jawn" is one of two two-bedroom bi-level apartments available in the six-room Fishtown Lokal. All of the lodgings embrace a clean, minimalist Scandinavian modern vibe. The property also features a landscaped rear courtyard and an interior four-story garden wall.

The "Baller Jawn" is one of two two-bedroom bi-level apartments available in the six-room Fishtown Lokal. All of the lodgings embrace a clean, minimalist Scandinavian modern vibe. The property also features a landscaped rear courtyard and an interior four-story garden wall.

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Fishtown Lokal wholeheartedly lives up to its name—starting with the design team, which is made up of local businesses. KJO Architecture led the architectural design, while True Hand Society (Fishtown locals who specialize in both tattoos and design) took on the hotel's branding and interior design. Ferox Studio provided landscape architecture services for the rear courtyard.

The hotel's furnishings are the work of over 20 local Philly makers. Fishtown Lokal even provides a curated guide of local insider's neighborhood tips in each room. "We wanted to build something new and energy-efficient and a bit more modern than our first project in Old City," explains Ludeman. "Fishtown is gritty and raw and modern and full of makers. We wanted to take our involvement with local makers and the local economy to the next level," he says. 

The kitchen cabinets were designed by True Hand Society and fabricated by Summus with leather cabinet pulls from Peg & Awl for an earthy feel. The floating shelves are from Lostine. The bar stools are from Leeward, and the pendant lighting is by Noevara.

The kitchen cabinets were designed by True Hand Society and fabricated by Summus with leather cabinet pulls from Peg & Awl for an earthy feel. The floating shelves are from Lostine. The bar stools are from Leeward, and the pendant lighting is by Noevara.

A detail of the kitchen. The ceramic mugs are from Slopey Made. 

A detail of the kitchen. The ceramic mugs are from Slopey Made. 

The living room in the "Baller Jawn." The living room console is from Leeward, and the light fixture is from Noevara. The sling chairs are by Noevara in collaboration with True Hand, and the framed artwork is from Megan Biddle. 

The living room in the "Baller Jawn." The living room console is from Leeward, and the light fixture is from Noevara. The sling chairs are by Noevara in collaboration with True Hand, and the framed artwork is from Megan Biddle. 

The coffee table is from Farmhaus Modern, and the black stepped planters are from Cone 10. 

The coffee table is from Farmhaus Modern, and the black stepped planters are from Cone 10. 

A bedroom in "Baller Jawn." The custom bed is by Farmhaus Modern. The striped blanket is from Thom Roland, and the printed pillows are by Flax and Symbol. 

A bedroom in "Baller Jawn." The custom bed is by Farmhaus Modern. The striped blanket is from Thom Roland, and the printed pillows are by Flax and Symbol. 

The lighting fixture from Noevara.

The lighting fixture from Noevara.

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 The desk is from Philadelphia Table Company, and the lighting is from Noevara.

 The desk is from Philadelphia Table Company, and the lighting is from Noevara.

The bathroom vanity features a concrete counter from 1025 Studio, a mirror from Kenneth Miller, and lighting by Noevara.

The bathroom vanity features a concrete counter from 1025 Studio, a mirror from Kenneth Miller, and lighting by Noevara.

You can book Fishtown Lokal directly through their website. Studios start at $215/night with the bi-level rooms starting at $325/night.

Related Reading: Lokal: A Classic Hotel with a Modern Invisible Service

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: KJO Architecture / @kjoarchllc

General Contractor: E-built

Interior Design: True Hand Society, Mike Ski / @truehandsociety

Landscape Architecture: Ferox Studio, Aimee Kirby / @ferox_studio

Structural Engineer: Larsen & Landis, Brad Landis

Civil Engineer: Ruggiero Plante, David Plante

Cabinetry Design/Installation: Summus Studio, Chris Smith

Interior Prop Stylist: Kristi Hunter