This classic 60’s hotel in Koreatown, LA has been stripped back bare to become a very hip funky luxury hotel from the Sydell Group (Nomad Hotel NY & Freehand Miami), designed by Sean Knibb. The pop colour venetions in the windows pay homage to the era of the building but nothing inside mimics a retro flavour. This transformation isn’t beige and predictable. There is no bling. It’s raw and edgy, textural and colourful. The blue stained ply of the bar really caught my eye, a reminder the ocean and surf culture that people visit this city for.
The 388 rooms and suites are furnished with playful and quirky furniture, objects, art and lighting, set against the paired back roughness of nude concrete walls, with all its scars and blemishes. I love the way the beds are oriented to views, enjoyed by the wall to wall windows, that take precedence over a TV. With the food offerings they have and the funky neighbourhood just outside, why watch the box?
Pot restaurant and café on ground floor has a raw botanical character, but it’s the Commissary up top, set in a greenhouse, and the citrus tree lined pool outside, that is the star attraction. What an awesome escape from the hustle of an auto dominated city!
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