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Hotel Figueroa
939 S. Figueroa St., Downtown
It took two years to restore this hotel to its 1926 glory, or what the hotel calls its “Spanish colonial splendor.” And it was worth it: Impressively grand common areas with soaring ceilings; hundreds of rooms, each classic and modern with a few artful touches thrown in; and an unusual (very cool) coffin-shaped pool surrounded by cacti. The hotel also makes an impressive showing of places to eat and drink: Veranda for Mexico City-inspired meals and Bar Figueroa for an old-Hollywood vibe. In fact, if you don’t stay here, it’s absolutely worth to at least stay the evening.
Cara Hotel
1730 N Western Ave., Los Feliz
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. When it comes to East LA (DTLA aside) hotel options are pretty thin. Cara Hotel is everything a low-key Los Feliz hotel should be—elegantly earthy, minimalist yet warm, functional (the restaurant is fantastic), and comfortable. Located just below Griffith Park, Cara Hotel feels like a friend’s airy home, which is on point given “cara” is Gaelic for friend and the owners are Irish. Rooms come with elevated amenities like Harry Josh hairdryers, silky Frette sheets and robes, plus minibars filled with locally made snacks. The hotel bar is by the small courtyard (reflective) pool, shaded by pretty olive trees with a wine list heavy on French bottles from Chateau La Coste. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant is a hit in the neighborhood—meaning that Los Feliz residents don’t want anyone else to know it’s there. Currently closed for in-room dining, the Cara-at-home menu speaks Los Angeles’s farm-to-table language with a nod to Irish favorites. Tuck into charcoal smoked roast chicken, heirloom carrots, and buttery colcannon (a mix of mashed potato, kale, and cabbage every Irish kid grew up eating). COVID-19…
West Hollywood Edition
9040 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. Ian Schrager is a maestro when it comes to opening hotels in major city hotspots that meet the mark. Sexy, effortlessly glamorous, and scene-y describe Schrager’s properties, and the Edition is no different. But don’t assume that this new property has all of the chic and none of the comfort; this hotel has coziness down to a science. Rooms are spacious and soothing in a neutral white, taupe, and sandstone palette—many with incredible views of the hills. Amenities-wise, each room is equipped with workstations for afternoon of emails, plus beautiful bathrooms with Le Labo products, rainfall showers, and the softest robes. The gym is first-rate and open twenty-four hours a day with a full suite of Peloton bikes while all four food and beverage spots hum with atmosphere. Edition restaurant Ardor skews vegetarian and the outdoor setting is packed with greenery, moody lighting, and Moroccan warmth. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking…
Silver Lake Pool & Inn
4141 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. A stay at an independently owned, intentionally small hotel in a cool, locals-only neighborhood is the opposite of tick-the-box travel. Instead of rushing madly through every zip code of a sprawling city, why not cozy up into one especially pretty corner, live like one of those locals, and actually, relax? The Silver Lake Pool & Inn hits all the right style notes when it comes to an intimate hotel oasis far from Hollywood’s tourist trail. Palisociety has renovated all fifty-four former motel rooms and communal spaces to reflect the mid-century modern (with bright accents) vibe of the neighborhood. The al fresco bar and restaurant sit adjacent to the rooftop pool (afternoon Aperol spritzes are encouraged) while the menu is all oysters, tasty pasta, and perfectly grilled steaks. Silver Lake’s little secret is its walkability. Skip dinner in the hotel and hit the streets—a cocktail at Bar Stella, the best Thai outside Thailand at Night + Market Song, stellar shopping at Mohawk, and of course, a lap around the reservoir. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings…
Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The colonnaded entryway of the Beverly Wilshire sits at the bottom—or the top, depending how you look at it—of Los Angeles’s most storied street, Rodeo Drive. It’s fair to say that this imposing, old-Hollywood hotel is the grande dame of Beverly Hills, and deservedly so. Informality is not the vibe here. The glamorous BLVD Lounge with its impeccable service and martini-sipping crowd has a way of making you sit a little straighter. After a sound night’s sleep on the cloud-soft beds that we’ve come to expect at Four Seasons properties and maybe a few laps in the Tuscan-inspired pool, we head to the spa. The menu is the length of a book and, because this is LA, packed with esoteric treatments, like cryotherapy and targeted postsurgery massages. The room service is excellent, and again because we’re in LA, there are plenty of healthy options that cater to every diet (we’re partial to a celery juice and the savory tofu porridge). Downstairs, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT is the steakhouse to end all steakhouses. For those venturing to Los Angeles for the first time—especially with kids in tow—the concierge at the Wilshire…
Proper Hotel
700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
We heard rumors of designer Kelly Wearstler’s lofty goals for the interiors of the Santa Monica Proper, the new hotel from her and Proper Hospitality, the hotel brand led by Wearstler's developer husband Brad Korzen and his founding partners. But nothing hinted at how stunning it would be. Wearstler has designed a breezy, maritime-inspired space that transports you to a seaside villa the moment you walk in. She outfitted the lobby with elements that speak to the coast (a carved front desk that echoes the shape of a seashell, art backed with sand, flooring that gives a bird’s-eye view of a beach umbrella) and married those with bold, eclectic accents (giant archways in Douglas fir and marble and gorgeous ’70s art) that only Wearstler could pull off. The greatest feat here is the synergy between the hotel's two buildings: One is brand-new and sculptural; the other dates back to the 1920s and boasts a vintage patina with gorgeous original iron-clad windows. The aesthetic of the guest rooms varies depending on the building but are all anchored by gorgeous elements—glossy tiles, giant tufted headboards that look like the sunset, bespoke…
Firehouse Hotel
710 S Santa Fe Ave., Arts District
It’s as improbable as it is genius: Take an Arts District firehouse that was built in 1927 and served for half a century as a firehouse and transform it into a hipster paradise. That’s the general story behind the Firehouse Hotel. From the outside, it’s still a 1927 firehouse, but inside, it’s everything but. Rooms are unique and lofty and named for colors. The Black Room is especially intriguing. The restaurant plays all the greatest hits (classic burger and fries, whole branzino, etc.), and every detail—from the firepit to the bistro lights to the industrial bar—is a study in design as atmosphere.
Villa Carlotta
5959 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
We have long bemoaned the fact the LA’s Eastside is surprisingly short on hotels and extended stay residences, Villa Carlotta slides stylishly and seamlessly into that much-needed space. The concept is clever and contemporary. For the multitudes looking to do a stint in the city that’s longer than a holiday but not long enough to merit a committment, Villa Carlotta delivers the local experience of rooming in the heart of Franklin Village (it’s one of the few zip codes in town that feels neighborhood-y, with restaurants, ice-cream, and an actual magazine kiosk, all on one street), supplemented with the conveniences of a luxury hotel. There’s a concierge to pin down elusive reservations, a rooftop for kibitzing with friends, a laundry service, a pool (a pool!), and adorably, a spot to park your bike: The tree-lined streets of Franklin are made for cycling to the bakery for your daily sourdough.
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