Dorothy Parker famously quipped, “Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.” Lately, developers and hotel chains have raced to plant a flag in all of them. Not even the pandemic pumped the brakes on LA’s unabating hospitality boom, the most robust in the nation, or this fab four’s 2020 debut. ⬇️
Los Angeles loves a good reinvention story and this glow-up turned a dingey ‘50s motel with a check-cashing window into a creamy 59-room stunner at the edge of Los Feliz. The hotel rooms are tight but lux with herringbone floors, tufted chairs, with California artisanship championed at every turn (ceramic lamps, trendy liquor, and treats in minibars). But the true showstoppers are the sun-dappled patios and central courtyard surrounding a reflecting pool that dish up hyper-seasonal eats and desserts under twinkle-lit olive trees.
Reimagining a historic tower in cool-again downtown with 3-D elevator art, standing desks, and whimsical pops like elephant knobs and winking window shades, the hip 156-room hotel emphasizes mingling through 10 shared rooms, social hours around the lobby’s tap wall, and library installation featuring 600 LA-centric books, as well as basement bar with early-guest entry and burlesque.
Possibly the most adorable airport hotel ever, 250 LAX-adjacent rooms and common areas are a mashup of pastel hues, fanciful wall doodles, plants, beach culture, mid-century, and Japandi minimalism. While away sunny days at Caravan Swim Club, which houses a second-story terrace serving Baja-inspired bites and a cocktail menu geared toward day drinking and a palm-dotted pool deck where one can enjoy screenings and music from daybeds. Guests can opt to ride Pelotons indoors at the hotel gym, or if preferable, comp cruisers outside.
The 30-room boutique, steps from the sand and two blocks from the pier, adds simple sophistication to South Bay sojourns. Sip Hazy IPAs or get a massage on the balcony, leaving the sliders open to allow a breeze to blow past coastal chic décor, Frette linens, and smart TVs. Enjoy delivered Hermosa Brewing Company (@hermosabrewingco) carnitas fries on the elevated patio.