If you find yourself venturing to downtown LA, Hotel Per La is definitely the spot to be staying for your trip. Once you enter the property, you are whisked off the busy streets into an intimate yet welcoming vibrant hotel. The hotel has taken over the former Giannini Building built in 1922, originally the headquarters of the Bank of Italy. You can feel the opulence around every corner as the details throughout the space are truly one of a kind.
Local interior designer, Jaqui Seerman, was able to retain the authenticity of the space while mixing in characteristics of the city through the use of bright colors, contemporary furnishings, and amorphic lighting. A significant portion of the building’s Neoclassical style, like its Doric columns, ornate gold and blue ceiling, and marble floors, have all been preserved creating the perfect combination between old school and new school.
There are a variety of suites, salons, and rooms to choose from for your stay with each offering an upscale and intimate feel that transcends throughout the entire property. The color palette displayed across each room is an extension of the property’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling in the lobby.
Each room features custom designed furnishings such as antique Persian rugs and artwork from Paris & New York-based design studio be-poles, who have sourced vintage art pieces from antique stores across the world in addition to collections from Portraits de Villes and original photographs and illustrations.
The rooms also feature a fully stocked bar, marble writing desk with settee, Tivoli bluetooth radio clocks, large flat screen televisions, full length mirrors, and freestanding pedestal bathtubs (most rooms). The highlight of the room however, is the European-style bathrooms with Terrazzo floored walk-in showers and separate washing closet.
You could really spend your whole weekend locked up in the hotel as it boasts three unique dining and bar concepts: Per L’Ora, Bar Clara, and Café Ora. Start your day at Café Ora, an inviting coffee shop and market that features local roasters, pastries, grab and go items, warm breakfast sandwiches, and more.
Spend the day leisurely sipping and snacking up at Bar Clara, the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar hangout, or enjoy sunset cocktails before heading downstairs for dinner at Per L’Ora.
Dinner at Per L’Ora is a must with its grand interior and delicious elevated Italian cuisine. The restaurant itself pays tribute to its rich history with the main dining room sitting underneath the impressive golden coffered Italianate 20-foot ceiling. Make sure to take a trip to the powder room, which you will enter through what was once a major bank vault.
Location: Downtown LA
Star Rating: 5-stars
The Vibe: Trendy, fabulous, and old school warmth all at the same time.
Our favorite thing about the hotel?: The bathroom of Per L’Ora is a secret treat, with its old school bank vault serving as the entrance.
Food + Drink: Located on the lobby level is the grand and fabulous Per L’Ora, serving simple yet refined Italian cuisine. Head up to the roof to find Bar Clara, grab a drink at the indoor portion of the bar or pool side. Morning coffee and snacks can be found at Café Ora, also on the lower level of the hotel.
Any neighborhood recs?: You’re in walking distance from so many great bars, restaurants, and shops. Grab a drink during Joey DTLA’s happy hour, pick up your next book at The Last Bookstore, and take a quick ride share to Kaviar for an upscale interactive and sexy dinner.
Amenities: The rooms feature amenities like european-style bathrooms with Terrazzo-floored walk-in showers and separate water closets, freestanding pedestal bathtubs in many rooms (Salon, Claire Suite, Amadeo Suites), antique Persian rugs, fully stocked in-room bars, Tivoli radio, incredible artwork, and custom linens, bedding and bathrobes by Bellino.
Rooms: 241 guest rooms and suites ranging in all different sizes with different amenities. We loved the soaking tub in our Skyline View Salon room.
Pricing: Depending on the season, you can find rooms starting at $190/night
Closest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport is about 35 minutes from Hotel Per La.
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