Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel, Philadelphia, USA

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel, Philadelphia, USA

Since opening last summer, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons in Philadelphia’s Fishtown has garnered countless accolades for its wood-fired, Italian-influenced fare.

Now, its historic building – a lovingly restored whiskey blending and bottling factory from the 19th century – is also home to a four-room hotel, an updated throwback to old English pubs. Guests even check in with the restaurant staff upon arrival.

Each room is uniquely designed while still keeping in stride with the property’s modern heritage feel; pre-existing architectural features have been accurately preserved, while a dash of Nordic-inspired minimalism brings the spaces straight into the present. There are even tell-tale signs of the building’s past, such as a pulley system previously used for bearing heavy loads, and a claw-footed bathtub, which have been specially selected to remain.

The hotel’s muted colour palette, rich wood finishings and decorative wallpaper by Stacey Rozich may all hark back to the its historical roots, but custom-made wood furniture by Tim Lewis Studio and industrial lighting pieces from Roll & Hill and Workstead serve as crisp, contemporary counterpoints. Vintage rugs underfoot and a plethora of plants and cacti also bring a warm, lived-in feel. A second restaurant on the ground floor is still to come.