Distinctively LA Hotel

Hip new lodging option delivers a sense of place

BY DON NICHOLS — Winter 2018

tep into the attractive lobby of the new Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown and you’ll be wowed by the dramatic look. Your eyes will likely first gravitate to the Aegean blue, satiny drapery that hangs regally to the floor from 22-foot ceilings and looks much like the curtains in movie theaters, which immediately brings to mind the city’s longtime stronghold as the country’s movie capital. As it turns out, wherever you go in this 350-room hotel, you know you’re in LA because designers drew on the city’s history from the late 1800s to the 1920s as their design inspiration. Here, some examples of how they visually paid homage to LA’s storied past.

  • The custom-designed chandelier above the front desk featuring 30 circular lights that resemble carriage wheels is a nod to the carriages, buggies, and other moving machinery used in the annual Fiestas de las Flores parade, the precursor to the celebrated Rose Parade so popular today.
  • In the Metropole Bar + Kitchen, also in the lobby, booths that separate the restaurant from the bar sit inside circular concrete structures reminiscent of the city’s secret tunnels used as passageways to underground parties at speakeasies during the Prohibition era. You also enter the restaurant through one of these mini-tunnels.
  • In all the guest rooms, floor-to-ceiling wall murals behind the beds depict what guests might have seen out their windows back in the early 1900s.
  • Floor-to-ceiling black-and-white photos of paparazzi with vintage cameras eagerly waiting to get celebrity shots decorate walls at elevator banks.

Bottom line: It’s easy to immerse yourself in LA lore at this new hotel. From $229. 213-232-8800; hotelindigola.com

Good to know: The hotel is easy to get to, given its location immediately off I-110 in downtown. Once you’re checked in, it’s an easy walk or short drive to many of the new restaurants and attractions popping up in this hot area.

Don’t miss: 18 Social, the hotel’s top-floor lounge with panoramic downtown views.

Dream Hollywood

LA is experiencing a hotel boom. Here, four of the latest to light up the town.

1. Dream Hollywood: This 178-room hotel sits at the busy corner of Selma Avenue and North Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Cool off in its 11,000-square-foot rooftop pool and stay fit by taking advantage of its well-equipped gym. From $350.
323-844-6417; dreamhotels.com


2. The Everly: This
216-room Kimpton hotel, in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood just steps from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, offers expansive city views from its fifth-floor pool deck. From $280. 888-327-2829; kimptonhotels.com


3. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown: With 889 rooms, this hotel occupies the top
42 floors of the new 73-story Wilshire Grand Center building. Amenities include multiple dining options, an outdoor pool with cabanas, a fitness center, and a rooftop bar. From $379. 800-424-6835; dtla.intercontinental.com


Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

4. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills: You’ll find this 170-room hotel at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, the gateway to Beverly Hills. French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created its three dining venues. From $815. 800-774-1500; waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com

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