About Us




The Lokal Hotel Thesis

We like design, feeling at home and doing what the locals do when we travel. We like a bit of space to stretch our legs, to whip up a quick meal and mix a quality cocktail. We also like good coffee and nice towels, sheets and always a great robe.

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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The team behind the scenes that makes you feel at home at every Lokal hotel or vacation home.

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Courtney Ludeman

Co-Founder / COO / CFO / Stylist

Courtney runs the show. She overseas day to day operations while handling all legal and financials as well. She is also our head stylist.

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Chad Ludeman

Co-Founder / CMO / Design / Development

Chad is the ideas guy and handles everything from concept to construction of new properties while heading up marketing and branding.

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Barbie Welsh

General Manager

Barbie runs our home base in Philly and is usually the one responding to your emails and texts.

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Andrea Simione

Customer Service Rep

Andrea is our newest team member and handles the reservations and phones on nights and weekends .

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Jack Zaferes

Handyman / Jack of All Trades

Jack is our trusty handyman, punchlist finisher and resident musician.


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