The Big Six: Los Angeles hotels
Featuring a chic rooftop poolside, antique-inspired interiors, a former cinema, diner-style eating, a Korean restaurant, and an all-service spa
Saturday 25 January 2014
The Line Hotel, Koreatown
The latest hotel from the group behind New York's NoMad opened in LA's multicultural Koreatown district last month. Housed in a mid 20th-century building, it contrasts polished concrete walls with bright textiles, patterned armchairs and abstract photographic prints. Downstairs, chef Roy Choi presides over two soon-to-be-revealed restaurants: Pot, which will focus on Korean food, and the health-conscious, veggie-friendly Commissary. Spend days browsing quirky homewares at in-house design shop, Poketo, and sun yourself beside the outdoor pool, then dress up for an evening at Speek, where nightlife maestros, The Houston Brothers, draw crowds after dark.
The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Koreatown (001 213 381 7411; thelinehotel.com). Doubles from $263 (£175), room only.
The Standard, Hollywood
Soak up all the glamour of Hollywood at The Standard on Sunset Boulevard. The look inside is a modern take on the classic 1950s motel, with gentle pastel shades in the rooms and the 24/7 Restaurant that features diner-style seating. Like any good Californian hotel, the centre of it all is the pool, which is surrounded by Richard Schultz loungers and inflatable toys. Break up a day of poolside posing with snacks from the Cactus Lounge, then head out to Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room as the warm California night falls.
The Standard, 8300 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood (001 323 650 9090; standardhotels.com). Doubles from $248 (£165), room only.
The Palihotel stands amid the edgy bars and independent boutiques of Melrose Avenue, one of LA's most iconic shopping streets. Dusky, antique-inspired interiors feature worn leather armchairs in the lounge, antlers in the reading snug and anglepoise lamps scattered about the 32 rooms, many of which come with velvet sofas and private balconies. By night, the Hart & The Hunter restaurant serves casual comfort food, with wine from Californian vineyards.
Palihotel, 7950 Melrose Avenue, Melrose (001 323 272 4588; pali-hotel.com). Doubles from $205 (£136), room only.
The star of the Wilshire's show is undoubtedly its rooftop. It transforms from a chic poolside hangout by day, to an alfresco all-American restaurant by night, complete with cabanas, crackling firepits and skyline views of Beverly Hills. Rooms are designed to be a calming antidote to the glitz outside, with muted, neutral tones, Frette linens and monsoon showers. For the body-conscious, there are free bikes to borrow and complimentary access to a nearby LA Fitness gym.
Hotel Wilshire, 6317 Wilshire Blvd, Miracle Mile (001 323 852 6000; hotelwilshire.com). Doubles from $277 (£185), room only.
The Ace, Downtown
New to the Ace Hotels portfolio is this Downtown address, which opened this month in the old United Artists Theater on Broadway. It's the latest regeneration project in a district that's seen lofts converted into creative spaces, a revived Grand Central Market and the arrival of the Broad Art Museum. Inside the 12-storey former cinema there's an LA Chapter bistro and hip rooms with Revo radios and Rudy's Barbershop toiletries, plus a grand events space in the Golden Age movie theatre.
The Ace, 929 South Broadway, Downtown (001 213 623 3233; acehotel.com). Doubles from $199 (£133), room only.
Mr C, Beverly Hills
Italian brothers, Ignazio and Maggio, are the twenty-something relatives of hospitality king Giuseppe Cipriani. They launched this luxury hotel in 2011 as a modern take on their great grandfather's world-renowned Hotel Cipriani in Venice. With help from designer Marcello Pozzi they have created a warm, opulent interior, with hand-crafted Italian furniture and Murano-glass chandeliers, that still manages to be laid back in a quintessentially LA way, thanks to its all-service spa and rooftop pool.
Mr C, 1224 Beverwill Drive, Beverly Hills (001 310 277 2800; mrchotels.com). Doubles from $415 (£276), room only.
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