Chestnut Hill Hotel in Philadelphia: An 1800’s hotel located on the main street of Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia. Complete renovation of three buildings consisting of the original hotel, a carriage house in back, and a floor of rooms over the Chestnut Hill Post Office that had been added to the original hotel at a later time, turned this property into an upscale boutique hotel.
The main building housing all the original rooms is designed in a style reminiscent of the time the hotel was originally built, however with a ‘twist’. The crystal bedpost knobs and ‘Artemide’ lights at the bed are some examples of the unexpected elements in the design approach. Originally lacking one, a lobby area was created in the space between the original stone foundation walls. In addition, there is a meeting/breakfast room, which was the original Bombay Company. The Carriage House includes parts of the original building like stonewalls and a hoist, which is in one of the guestrooms. The guestrooms in this building have sliding barn doors for bathrooms and closets, fireplaces and footed tubs. The guestrooms above the Post Office building are for long-term stay. Some of the design touches incorporated in this building are postal stamp graphics on the window blinds and on the wallcovering on headboard walls. The furnishings are retro style reflecting the later addition of these rooms to the complex.