Landmark Hospitality Relaunches Iconic Logan Inn
The company revives the centuries-old property through history, delectable cuisine, and style.
Landmark Hospitality announces the reopening of the Logan Inn in New Hope, Pa. Established in 1727 and steeped in tradition, the Logan Inn stands as the oldest operating inn in America. After two years of construction, Landmark Hospitality completed an expansion and renovation of the property, transforming it into a boutique hotel experience and curated entertainment for travelers and locals. The revitalized inn joins Landmark Hospitality’s diverse portfolio of adaptive reuse projects across the tri-state area.
“Central to our mission was maintaining the original craftsmanship while incorporating modern amenities to bridge the historic yet progressive nature of the community together,” says Co-founder and Principal of Landmark Hospitality Frank Cretella. “The revived Logan Inn serves as a hub for the town of New Hope and welcomes design lovers from around the world to observe its striking artisanal and industrial aesthetic.”
Landmark Hospitality preserved the existing 12,000-square-foot inn and added a 32,000-square-foot adjacent building with a hyphen structure to connect the two. To emphasize the restoration of the structure’s facade, the team opened up the exterior by removing the large overhang that previously shielded the inn from street view. The strategic removal revealed the original porches and patio and drew a clear sightline to the newly-built property. Featuring a striking balance of reclaimed wood and various metals, the new building exudes a fresh yet timeless look that blends beautifully into the charming aesthetic of the town.
To provide a standout experience, Landmark Hospitality designed a “parlor” to greet guests rather than a traditional hotel lobby. The parlor’s features include oak beam ceilings and exposed brick walls. The color scheme and woodwork seamlessly blend the buildings’ designs, along with a double, reclaimed wood staircase, physically merging the two. The public spaces exude a sense of warmth from the industrial-style accent materials, including arched brick in tobacco, black steel, brass, and copper, to various shades of reclaimed wood.
Of the 38 rooms, there are four suites and four rooms with balconies that have direct views of New Hope to allow for one of the town’s favorite pastimes, people-watching on Main Street. With access to the crisp outside air and sights to see, one could indulge in their own favorite hobbies as well- a game of crossword accompanied by a search for DT Answers, a good read, or even sketching the sights outside onto paper to name a few. The aesthetic of the place might come across as a design to simulate a relaxing stay. To that effect, the bathroom design lends to the luxurious look and feel of the space through the elegant freestanding tub, skylights, and marble finishes. Suites feature suspended fireplaces, claw-foot soaking tubs, and mixologist stations complete with artisanal spirits, house-made mixers, and hand-cut ice. Each added room is uniquely appointed and distinct from one another, yet they all share a common enthusiasm for architecture, art, design, and colorful luxury.
Beyond the main parlor, guests are welcomed by multiple gathering spaces on elevated planes, including an open kitchen, event space, two dining rooms, a cigar lounge, a whiskey lounge, and a bar. Landmark Hospitality created a split-level basement to encourage social interaction with guests and locals. One level has a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, large-scale rock-and-roll art – featuring classic celebrity figures including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Freddie Mercury, Pat Benetar, Debra Harry, Keith Haring, and David Bowie –– and a pool table in the center of the room. The second level has a full, old-fashioned movie theater accented with marquee light fixtures, movie posters, and a concession stand.
Guests are welcome to personalize their room experience through Bluetooth speaker access and the option to customize in-room alcohol offerings and pet accommodations. Guests can also check in to their rooms from a phone application that geolocates their arrival. Every facet of the design and operation of the boutique hotel is central to the guest experience. The Logan Inn is familiar for guests through its warm design intent, yet original and exciting with its offerings and newly restored and expanded features.
In addition to the plethora of experiences the boutique hotel offers through its design, Landmark Hospitality puts the guest first with a robust program of alternating activities. For example, the inn offers a twist on the traditional British 4 p.m. “afternoon tea,” where, instead of serving tea, guests may participate in tasting specialty alcohol on one day, fondue and champagne on the next, or even roll sushi with the chef.
The open kitchen-style dining experience at Ferry + Main is curated by the property’s acclaimed Executive Chef Greg Vassos. Vassos brings an honest simplicity to even the most complex of dishes: never masking the quality of the ingredients in the experience of the dish.
“I would describe it as primitive cooking with a modern approach,” says Vassos. “We are an open-fire restaurant with several GrillWorks grills which allow us to start as many as four or five fires at one time. We can roast, sear, grill, hang, and smoke, so we use that to our advantage throughout the entire menu. We try to have each menu item interact with the fire while integrating a modern twist.”
Guests are invited to enjoy a variety of seasonally-inspired small plates cooked on a GrillWorks’ Infierno. There are only a handful of these grills throughout the United States. The restaurant offers a raw bar, a variety of appetizers, including a Verde Charred Octopus and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, as well as a handful of entrees such as Dry-Aged Duck Breast and Arugula Eagle Road Potato Gnocchi. Handcrafted cocktails and beverages are served at the expansive main bar. In line with the industrial aesthetic, the bar’s face comprises copper and stainless steel, with a copper hood above the restaurant’s open kitchen. The historic dining room holds four chandeliers, which dangle from on-site-constructed oak ceilings.
Logan Inn features modern-day luxury in every single facet of the wedding venue. Opulent design balanced with a warm atmosphere and delicious food results in events that exude style and authenticity. Logan Inn’s unique features, such as reclaimed wood ceilings with twinkling-light chandeliers, eight-foot confetti art on the fused glass windows, and the dramatic stone flooring coupled with a cocktail space and whiskey lounge, create a beautiful wedding aesthetic and thoughtful experience. Landmark Hospitality only hosts one wedding a day, making it an even more intimate memory for each couple. Beyond the hotel, bridal parties and guests are invited to explore New Hope through the many one-of-a-kind galleries, boutique shops, and restaurants. The backdrop is expansive as couples can have photoshoots throughout the picturesque property as well as on the steps of Cannon Square, the river walk, and the bridge to Lambertville –– all of which provide an iconic landscape to capture a romantic moment. A Logan Inn wedding shares the common thread of all Landmark venues, allowing guests to truly emerge themselves in a setting filled with history and luxurious design, accompanied by an unmatched level of hospitality.
On the corporate side, Logan Inn provides various facilities to ensure success with business meetings and retreats of any size. The professional theatre is complete with breakout rooms and a business center, as well as on-site rooms in the center of town. Business events at Logan Inn provide companies with an environment conducive to productive and memorable corporate retreats and events.
Founded in 2001 by husband and wife duo Frank and Jeanne Cretella, Landmark Hospitality is a multi-faceted company specializing in adaptive restoration, primarily with landmarked or historical properties.
For more information, visit loganinn.com.