Welcome to The Doylestown Inn
Welcome to The Doylestown Inn — a charming, eleven guestroom boutique hotel located at 18 W. State Street in the heart of historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to the beautifully appointed guestrooms, the inn features The Hattery Stove & Still, a cutting-edge restaurant and bar with an “antique industrial” design that offers a modern-American tavern menu seven days a week.
Originally constructed as three separate buildings in 1871, two dwellings were connected in 1902 to form the structure that thrived as a quaint hotel during the early 20th century. The third building was added during an expansion in 1937. Throughout it’s lifespan the landmark property has housed a hattery, a cigar shop, a shoe store, a restaurant, and even operated as a speakeasy during prohibition.
In 2014 business partners Todd and Samantha McCarty, Donna and Ronald C. Isgate, Esq., and Jody Quigley converted 4,500 square feet spanning three floors of the property into The Hattery Stove & Still, which boasts innovative designs and a wealth of vintage treasures that pay homage to the property’s rich history, and serves brunch, lunch, dinner and a late night menu seven days a week.
A lobby level bar features a base constructed from antique wooden beverage boxes and a stainless steel bar top containing a medley of rivets reminiscent of a vintage aircraft wing. A lower level bar utilizes a 1936 Oldsmobile complete with suicide doors in the design, along with 16 draught beer taps, which dispense American craft beer.
In addition to the inventive bar designs, the restaurant is adorned with reclaimed pumpkin pine floorboards, an antique still, a collection of burlap coffee bags, a wall of antique suitcases, dozens of cigar boxes, a player piano, a collection of period photos from around the region dating back over a hundred years, a circa 1920 ice chest, a “speakeasy” side door complete with sliding peep hole, and a custom-designed hat tree that rises from the lower level floor boards and spans two stories.
“When we researched the property’s history we found that the building housed a hattery, a cigar shop, served as an inn, and operated a speakeasy during prohibition,” quipped Ron Isgate. “We decided to celebrate everything that this property has been throughout its life,” added Todd McCarty. “It was important to all of us to build a destination for Doylestown that commemorates the town’s rich history. We even built a jug into one of the walls to pay tribute to the Jug In The Wall — a tavern that opened with the inn in 1902 and operated until the late 1990s.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, notable guests of the property include Henry Ford, Pearl S. Buck, Dorothy Parker, Henry Fonda and James Michener. Legend has it that Oscar Hammerstein II composed the lyrics for the Broadway musical South Pacific during a stay at the inn.
Special Hotel Features
- Located walking distance from a host of eclectic boutiques, specialty shops, galleries and a wealth of goods and services.
- Eleven charming guestrooms featuring flatscreen TVs and high-speed Internet access.
- The Hattery Stove & Still – a full service restaurant serving a seasonally changing menu complimented by craft-brewed beers, artisan wines and cutting-edge cocktails.
- Private event spaces for meetings or celebrations for up to 100 guests.