The Quoin, a new luxury boutique hotel developed and designed by Philadelphia-based hospitality company, Method Co., in partnership with Delaware’s largest real estate developer, The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. (BPG), officially opens its doors this month on the corner of Sixth and Lower Market Street in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware’s reimagined historic district.
The hotel is housed in the former Security Trust & Safe Deposit Company Building, a four-story Victorian Romanesque brownstone dating back to 1885 that was designed by the renowned Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness (of Frank Furness & Evans Architects). The Quoin features 24 luxury hotel rooms, a lobby cafe & bar with fireplace, a ground floor restaurant with courtyard dining, a lower-level cocktail lounge, the city’s first rooftop bar and event space, plus a gym, retail space, and bike share program featuring Solé bicycles, adding a new and lasting hospitality landmark to the fabric of downtown Wilmington. The property derives its name from the Old French word: Quoin (pronounced “Coin”) meaning “corner” or “angle”, honoring the legacy of the original banking house which housed silver and gold coins throughout the 1900’s.
“When people ask, ‘Where is the best boutique hotel in Philadelphia?’, we’d like the answer to be Wilmington,” said Randall Cook, Co-Founder and CEO. “We hope this project becomes known throughout the region as a place to have on travelers’ short list for staycations, excursions as well as to meet what we perceive as unmet demand for a boutique project in the emerging scene in Wilmington. The hotel architecture and design, personalized service and several unique culinary experiences within the same project all add up to a compelling offering.”
The Quoin’s contemporary interior design was carefully considered by Method Studios, Method Co.’s in-house design firm, in partnership with Philadelphia-based Stokes Architecture + Design. Inspired by the aesthetic of the Brandywine Valley, Method Studios reimagined the building’s existing natural materials by layering in modern handmade décor, floral motifs in the fabrics and wallpapers, the clean lines of modern Shaker-influenced furniture, and an overall subdued, earthy color palette influenced by original Victorian-era paints dating back to 1820.
“Our design inspiration came from a variety of sources, from psychedelic rock to 70’s furniture to shaker craftsmanship,” said Daniel Olsovsky, Creative Director at Method Co. “But, I would say our biggest inspiration would probably be the earthy colors and forms found in the nature of this region – which can be found throughout the floral motifs in our fabrics and wallpapers and the soft, organic lines of our furnishings.”
With an eye for detail across all touchpoints and a high level of quality in craft, the property boasts 24 luxury guest rooms and suites that pay homage to the building’s original architecture with restored details such as arched windows and moldings, blended with a nature-inspired identity plus curated vintage furniture, and psychedelic hand-drawn floral illustrations. Each room has a unique layout, but all are furnished with luxurious bedding, walls draped in wallpaper by Farrow & Ball or Little Green, and dining & desk chairs designed by Gubi. Decor includes a mix of artwork featuring photography by David Burnett, pieces from House of Spoils along with curated Vintage works sourced from the Brandywine Valley, while vintage rugs from Old New House that tie each room together.
“So many great things have been happening in Wilmington in the past several years, Method Co. felt that it was the right time for an elevated hospitality project to open and contribute to this city’s progressive development,” said Olsovsky. “The Quoin’s location is unbeatable – only a few blocks from the Amtrak station and close to the world-class Longwood Gardens and the picturesque Brandywine Valley. We are strong believers that Wilmington is one of the greatest cities in the United States and look forward to bringing Method Co.’s unique hospitality philosophy to the city and region.”
The Quoin will also feature three distinct food & beverage concepts: The Quoin Restaurant & Bar, Rooftop at The Quoin, and Simmer Down, operated by Method Co., who are also behind the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia restaurants Wm. Mulherin’s Sons and HIROKI.