by: Alex Tieghi-Walker
L.A. stopover as part of California road-trip.
With Mr Tieghi-Walker
We spent a lot of time in Downtown L.A., just 10 quick minutes from Koreatown. This is the Grand Central Market, an impressive emporium of taco, carnita and burrito sellers.
The bed was massive! We practically lost each other.
I love the shelf of knick-knacks and whatchamacallits in the room, which includes these crystal-shaped wooden blocks by designers Fort Standard.
Yeah and that’s the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows: Hollywood Hills in the distance beyond the haze, palm trees and old warehouses of Koreatown below.
Koreatown has the largest urban Korean population outside of Seoul. It’s sometimes easy to forget you’re actually still in California.
We cycled up to the Getty Center – amazing views of L.A. and whole terraces and gardens planted with cacti and succulents.
Concrete walls, Latin American textiles, prints and curios – the rooms are basically very cool and very personal.
Highs + Lows
Koreatown location is amazing – the bustling neighbourhood is a relatively new spot on the L.A. cool-scene and not too far from upcoming Downtown.
The views from the rooms. We left the blinds open overnight so that we woke up to the pink morning sun hitting the Hollywood Hills in the distance.
Each room feels really personal, filled with interesting curios, artwork and beautiful prints on the walls.
The mini-bar is stocked with American and Korean treats, a reminder of the bicultural heritage surrounding the hotel.
The rooms are exemplary of how hotels should treat technology. Wireless music from your ipod/phone, USB charging points and remote controlled blinds… it’s the future.
The main public spaces will be opening in summer 2014. Until then you’ll have to entertain yourselves in your room.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
1960s chic fused with bold, colourful Korean influences.
In the heart of Koreatown, an exciting and buzzy district not far from downtown L.A.
I suppose it would be called ‘Trendy-Asian’; it was good.
- Year Opened
2014 – we were their first guests!
- Designed By
Originally designed by Daniel Mann Johnson + Medenhall in the 1960s, recently refitted by Sean Knibb.
The pool opens in summer 2014 and will be the deepest hotel pool in L.A.
Headed by Korean-American chef Roy Choi, opening Winter 2014.
Speek, a mid-century lounge and bar, opening in Spring 2014.
Yes - free and fast!
Only if they’re nocturnal partygoers.
Not cheap, not expensive.
In the Area
The small grid of streets at 8th and Broadway
8th and Broadway Los Angeles
just 10 minutes away in the downtown and undergoing massive changes...new boutiques and bars are transforming the district; the Ace Hotel has also just opened in the beautiful United Artists Building.
Genwa Korean BBQ
5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
fresh meats are cooked on your table at this authentic restaurant on Wilshire. Take a piece of grilled meat, a healthy dollop of banchan and top with steamed rice.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
a dozen or so blocks along Wilshire is the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, a cultural mecca with great exhibitions (we saw a trippy James Turrel retrospective) and lovely gift shop for design-led souvenirs.
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA