Named after the Irish family that ran the former whiskey blending and bottling factory housed here in the late 19th-century, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is a popular restaurant with rooms in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. The red-brick boutique stay has retained many of its period details, from arched windows and wood flooring to lift shafts (converted into skylights) and the original vault (that now houses a claw-footed bath tub).
There are only four industrial-chic rooms which retain original features in the form of exposed ducts, pipes, barrel-weighing scales and pulley systems. Walnut beds, vintage Moroccan rugs, full kitchens, fairy tale-inspired wallpaper by artist Stacey Rozich, give the rooms a warm, homey feel. Facilities include (in a neighborly nod) Philly-roasted La Colombe coffee for the Bonavita drip brewers, a flatscreen Apple TV, a curated vinyl collection and record player, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
You may not want to self-cater, as the best Italian eatery in the neighbourhood is just downstairs, and other local restaurants and bars are a short stroll away. The restaurant is split into three sections: a fireside dining space, a wood-fired pizza parlour and a buzzy bar.
• 4 rooms (53-75m2)
• Hotel opened: March 2016
• Architecture & Design: Stokes. (restaurant), Method Hospitality (rooms)
• Bathroom amenities: Aesop