Philadelphia, United States

Wm Mulherin's Sons

Rates per night from$259.60

Price information

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Style

Whiskey business

Setting

Right side of the tracks

Boutique hotel Wm Mulherin’s Sons is a three-story, red brick restaurant with rooms in Philadelphia’s on-trend and musically inclined Fishtown neighborhood. This 19th-century whiskey-factory-turned-hotel has original features, including wood-framed arched windows, terra-cotta signs and barrel-weighing scales; the latter essential for weekend breaks, of course. Downstairs, a local-favorite Italian eatery cranks out wood-fired pizzas, cockle-warming pastas and whiskey-based (a nod to the building’s past) cocktails; upstairs, four industrial-chic rooms are ready to act as your home away from home. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Four.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $259.60, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

In its previous life, Wm Mulherin’s Sons was a whiskey blending and bottling facility.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, restaurant. In rooms: flatscreen Apple TV, curated vinyl collection and record player, fully-equipped kitchen, Bonavita coffee maker, and Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All of the rooms retain original features of the former whiskey factory, in the form of exposed ducts, pipes, barrel-weighing scales and pulley systems. We especially like the lift-shaft-turned-skylight in spacious Room Three.

Packing tips

Bring an appetite for local tunes and Italian dishes.

Also

Light sleepers take note: elevated Market-Frankford trains occasionally pass overhead.

Children

While children are welcome at the hotel, there are no extra beds or cots available, and the neighbourhood is geared more towards hipster-ish live music than pint-sized musician play time.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Cosy up close to the fireplace in winter, or sit up at the bar to watch the mixologists in action.

Dress Code

Keep things effortlessly cool – channel a laid-back Brooklyn vibe – to blend in with the locals.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant – which came before the rooms above – is split into three sections: a fireside dining space, a wood-fired pizza parlour and a buzzy bar. Exposed brickwork and original details – large arched windows, wood panelling and exposed pipes – lend an industrial edge to the style, while fireside seating, a colourful Stacey Rozich mural and inviting booths keep things cosy. This mod-Italian eatery is helmed by seasoned chef Chris Painter; wood-fired pizzas and comfort-food pasta dishes are the name of the game. Try the Massinesi pasta with sweet Italian sausage ragu and ricotta, the half-brick chicken with escarole and cipollini onion, or the spicy Jawn pizza – named after Philadelphia’s all-purpose noun – which is topped with pepperoni, hot coppa, caciocavallo, and sharp provolone.

Hotel bar

Pull up a seat at the bar for finely crafted cocktails; whiskey-based drinks are a house favourite, but bourbon and amaro numbers are vying for top rank too. Try the rye, walnut liqueur and maple-laced Mister Francis, or order a bottle of wine and cosy up by the fireplace.

Last orders

The restaurant is open for dinner from 5pm to 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) and weekend brunch from 10.30am to 2pm. The bar’s open daily from 5pm to 1am (2am on Fridays and Saturdays).

Room service

None, but you’ve got a fully-equipped kitchen in your room, complete with a Bonavita coffee machine for luxurious leisurely cups of joe.

Location

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Address
Wm Mulherin's Sons
1355 N Front St
Philadelphia
19122
United States

Planes

Direct flights from across the US and from major European hubs, including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid, land at Philadelphia International Airport, which is just under half-an-hour away by car. Have our Smith24 team arrange your flights and transfers.

Trains

Philadelphia’s regional Septa trains pull into Girard Station, a two minute’s drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

Although you won’t need a car for getting around Fishtown, there’s paid public parking across the street from the hotel for $25-$35 a day if you’ve breezed in on your own set of wheels.

Worth getting out of bed for

On Saturdays and Sundays, the siren call of brunch, served downstairs, should be enough to lure you out of bed, and the restaurant’s whiskey cocktails will likely keep you from turning in too early most nights. Stroll around Fishtown, dropping into cafés, live music performances, and quirky boutiques; of the latter, Jinxed is a good bet for vintage shopping. 

Local restaurants

Set in a refurbished warehouse, on-trend eatery Kensington Quarters features mod-American dishes, including brioche bun pulled pork sandwiches at lunchtime and duck breast with delicata squash and pecans in the evenings. Don’t ditch on dessert; sourdough apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream and moreish brandy caramel sauce await. The restaurant’s also open for brunches of pork benedict on fluffy American biscuits and egg sandwiches with kimchi and spicy shaved beef; best paired with a coffee-infused breakfast cocktail, of course. Grab a picnic table at biergarten Frankford Hall, which serves German-style fare including sausages, mushroom strudel and potato pancakes. Go for the selection of Hefeweizens and the cheese Spätzle, and stay for the s’mores dessert pretzels and competitive ping-pong matches. 

Local cafés

Coffee purveyors La Colombe have an 11,000sq ft flagship spot with a café, roasting facility, bakery, and tasting room, just down the street from the hotel. Our favourite bits might be the on-site distillery, where the coffee-infused rum is concocted, and the live music space, where bands take to the stage around 5pm each day. Artisan ice-cream makers Weckerley’s whip up fresh batches of the frosty stuff five days a week. From April through October, flavours are crafted using ingredients from local farmers; from November through March, classic comfort foods influence the menu. Favourites include the Timmy Treat (vanilla and raspberry sorbet sandwiched between two crunchy cocoa cookies) and the Banana Fluffernutter (caramelized banana, home-made marshmallow fluff, malted ice cream and peanut butter icing sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies). 

Local bars

Cross under the tracks and over the street to legendary dive El Bar; the ‘El’ refers to the elevated Market-Frankford trains that pass overhead. This cash-only bar is famous for its live music and cost-effective drinks – PBR, anyone?; in warmer months, make a beeline to the pleasant courtyard once you’ve a cold drink in hand. Johnny Brenda’s serves all-draft beer from local brewers and and is the best spot in the neighbourhood for live music – you’ll need a ticket for gigs. The menu features fresh ingredients from area farmers and classic Philly fare; we recommend a side of cheddar and sausage croquettes to go with your fried catfish sandwich for an authentic experience.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Fishtown and unpacked their vintage find from Jinxed, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Wm Mulherin's Sons in Philadelphia…

The warm, carby aroma wafting from the wood-fired pizza oven is so good, we’re loathe to leave the restaurant – where a charmingly laid-back check-in takes place – to park our bags upstairs in our room. But we vow to return to book a table and trundle up to our industrial-style skylight-lit stay on the third floor of restaurant-with-rooms Wm Mulherin's Sons. 

Later that night, full of pizza, pasta and whiskey cocktails, we thank our lucky stars we’re staying over the weekend, as our new favourite Italian serves up a mean brunch too, and we’ve a feeling it’s just what we’ll need to fuel up for a day in live-music-filled Fishtown.

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