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.