The Quoin Hotel: A Renaissance in Delaware

In the heart of Wilmington—Delaware’s largest city—The Quoin Hotel is a one-of-a-kind hotel that takes visitors on a journey through time while remaining firmly rooted in the present.

Opened This Past September, the Quoin is a Boutique Hotel Mixing and Matching Different Styles With a Vintage Twist

The building in which it sits dates back to 1885, originally designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. It also formerly housed the Security Trust and Safe Deposit Company.

Spread over four stories, the Victorian Romanesque brownstone is now home to 24 rooms and suites. Each has a unique layout, yet all of them are dressed in Farrow & Ball or Little Greene wallpapers with hand-drawn floral motifs, furnished with some Gubi pieces and adorned with David Burnett photographs, House of Spoils artworks, as well as vintage rugs from Old New House, among other elements.

The arched windows and moldings give character to every space where a sense of coziness complements the historic soul. 

The result of a collaboration between Philadelphia-based hospitality company Method Co. and Delaware-based real estate developer The Buccini/Pollin Group, The Quoin features interiors by Method Studios in partnership with Stokes Architecture + Design.

Drawing inspiration from different sources, the final look mixes references to the 1970s, art nouveau, Shaker-style furniture and psychedelic rock. The organic forms and earthy tones echo the nature of the region and the original Victorian-era paints dating back to 1820.

A floral wallpaper outlined in metallic gold and a custom-made credenza in contemporary hues and taupe mulled leather welcome guests in the reception. Lawson-Fenning sofas, Lina swivel chairs and a hand-stitched leather Adnet-inspired Crillon chair combined with a shaded lamp by Santa & Cole create a cozy atmosphere in the lobby.

The hotel also comprises The Quoin Restaurant & Bar; Rooftop at the Quoin—the city’s first rooftop bar and event space—Simmer Down, where the original brick ceiling and a custom, room-spanning painted mural by the Reverend Michael Alan characterize the decor; a gym; and a retail space.  

Coming from the old French word “coin,” which means “corner” or “angle,” the name of the hotel is an ode to the legacy of the building and the original banking house. 

Situated in an urban environment, The Quoin reflects, however, a country feel and a spirit inherited from the past that has been cleverly reinvented with a contemporary eye. 

The Quoin Hotel |

Photography by Matthew Williams

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