The Mayfair Hotel, Los Angeles

Downtown LA’s latest opening is a lengthy remodel of building which dates back to the 1920s. With the help of the Los Angeles Historical Society, and Icelandic-born designer Gulla Jónsdóttir (who did La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood and Hotel G in San Francisco) it blends elements of its ‘roaring 20’s’ past with a chic, monochrome contemporary update. Its’ heritage as the site of the first ever Oscar afterparty in 1929 is it’s differentiating factor from the slew of hot new hotel concepts across the area, from the sleek rooftop bar at the InterContinental, to Hotel Figueroa, The Freehand and NYC’s chic outpost of The NoMad. The new Eve American Bistro is the work of chef Scott Commings, who spent years at the helm of Gordon Ramsay’s empire, and is named after a character in Raymond Chandler’s short story, “I’ll Be Waiting” which he wrote while living at the Mayfair Hotel with his mistress during the 1930s.

LOCATION: Westlake section of DTLA, a few blocks west of the 110 freeway and a 15 min walk to the core of the downtown area.
VISIT: The Library bar or Eve American Bistro.
GOOD TO KNOW: There are Keurig coffee makers in the bedrooms.


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