The Best Boutique Hotels All Over Town
Here’s where to put up out-of-town guests
House overflowing with people? We feel you. Encourage your dearly beloved to stay at a nearby boutique hotel where the intimate atmosphere and chic decor are so appealing, you’ll want to hang out there yourself.
From a clubby, classic joint like Koreatown’s Hotel Normandie to a Frenchified hipster hangout such as West Hollywood’s Mama Shelter, there’s something on this list for nearly everyone. And if you find yourself checking in for a staycation even when no out-of-towners are around, so much the better.
None of that trendy industrial-chic stuff at the Hotel Normandie (doubles from $234). Close to downtown, this dignified 1920s apartment building turned hotel has 91 rooms decorated in clubby simplicity. Bonus: It’s dog-friendly.
605 S. Normandie Ave.; 213- 388-8138 or hotelnormandiela.com
Located on a quiet residential street, the 49-room Mosaic Hotel (doubles from $331) is newly renovated, with sleek and subdued contemporary furniture accented by bright contemporary artwork. Little pampering touches include free Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines and rainfall showerheads.
Have some younger friends coming to town who don’t mind sleeping in a party-like atmosphere? Send them to Mama Shelter (doubles from $149), the recently opened outpost of a French chain of hotels. Philippe Starck’s colorful decor and tiny rooms make this sort of like the Ace squished into a Crayola box.
6500 Selma Ave.; 323-785-6666 or mamashelter.com
Gene Autry’s former estate has been turned into The Garland (doubles from $239), a quaint family resort with a ’70s-era color scheme (think orange patterned curtains and brown carpeting), a trolley to Universal Studios and tai chi on the lawn.
4222 Vineland Ave; N. Hollywood; 800-238-3759 or thegarland.com
Hidden up a flight of stairs just next to a slice-of-Paris wine bar, the Hotel Covell (doubles from $239) is a set of 6 suites that seem more like chic apartments than inn rooms. While the narrow stairwell and no-check-in desk require a certain amount of self-sufficiency, the groovy midcentury-modern antiques and proximity to Silverlake more than make up for the lack of services. Book your younger siblings in here early.