The Lokal Hotel

We like design. We like feeling at home. We like doing what the locals do when we travel. We don’t like to be bothered. But we do like curated, expert advice. We also like good coffee and nice towels, sheets and beds.

Lokal could by definition be your 'home away from home'! It was beautifully decorated and stocked with everything you could possibly need. I was so impressed with all of the details! There was even soy milk in the fridge because I mentioned that was how I take my coffee. I really appreciated the cocktail list, the loaded iPad and how everything in the suite was sourced locally. It could not have been a better experience! I can't imagine staying anywhere else.

Our Story

Lokal started as a distant dream for husband and wife team Chad and Courtney Ludeman. While they had worked together for over a decade in more traditional real estate, they always had a longing for hospitality. Every hotel the Ludeman’s stayed in over the years, every AirBnB, every vacation home would result in notes on how they would do things differently from the wall color to the welcome notes.

So they decided to create a place where they would love to stay. The Ludeman’s wanted a place that allowed their guests to experience the real Philadelphia, the Philly they knew and loved. And so Lokal Hotel was born – a design driven boutique luxury hotel that is highly curated to the local Philadelphian experience.

Because everyone should be allowed to vacation in an environment that makes them feel happy. And everyone should love Philly as much as they do.

Since Lokal’s beginning on Old City, Philadelphia, they have gone on to create boutique luxury hotels in Fishtown – Philadelphia, Cape May – NJ and one vacation AFrame cabin in South Jersey on the Maurice River. Each location strives to embody the city and neighborhood it’s located in while using as many local makers as possible to fit out its interiors. 

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I want to live here forever and ever. It's amazing.


These are the main folks that helped us put these places together.

Two kids in love found an old embossing stamp at a flea market, dreamed up a design empire, and then set to work trying to create it. Today Tara Mangini and Percy Bright spend their time moving house to house, job to job, leaving beautiful homes in their wake.

Jesse and Mike of True Hand Society Laughing

True Hand is a creative studio featuring custom tattooing & graphic design in a private, uniquely curated setting in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. They did a bang up job helping us bring this brand to life and they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

I loved the self-serve nature of the place. It felt so like home and let me be a responsible adult who checks myself in. But honestly the place was so cozy, beautifully appointed and exceeded my needs.
Sarah C.
Guest, Louisa


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