L.A. has an overwhelming array of hotels and restaurants. Many of those hotels also offer on-site restaurants of their own, alongside other group dining opportunities.
Here are five L.A. hotels that get things right when it comes to large-scale dining experiences.
Combining private rooms with shared accommodations, Freehand is one of several unique hotel brands from the Sydell Group.
Close to the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Live entertainment district, the 226-room Freehand L.A. artfully updates the 1924 Commercial Exchange building.
Created by acclaimed Miami-based lifestyle innovator Bar Lab, the Freehand L.A.’s Exchange restaurant pays homage to the building’s 12-story neon sign, the largest “blade” in the city.
Angeleno chef Alex Chang, of Mexican and Asian heritage, delivers an Israeli-inspired menu, channeling L.A.’s culinary tapestry. My Jerusalem bagel with smoked salmon and side of Yemeni-inspired dip were taste sensations.
Bar Lab also created the lobby cocktail bar Rudolph’s Bar & Tea and brought its award-winning cocktail concept Broken Shaker to the rooftop pool deck.
One block from the Freehand, NoMad Los Angeles is the fetching transformation of a 1923 Bank of Italy headquarters building.
Offering 10,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor space, the luxurious 241-room boutique features The Restaurant from Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of NoMad New York fame. Plus, the Giannini Bar, after the bank’s founder, and rooftop lounge.
Reviving the 1926 namesake property, Mayfair Hotel is an artful new 300-room base on an edgy Downtown block near the Financial District.
Named for a short story character created by Raymond Chandler here in 1939, the hotel’s Eve DTLA restaurant serves “L.A.-influenced Modern American meets Traditional European” fare. There’s also the trendy lobby M Bar and Chicago’s Fairgrounds Coffee.
Meeting spaces here include an update of the soaring ballroom that hosted the first Oscar’s after-party in 1929. Plus, two boardrooms, private dining room, and intimate Library Bar.
LINE LA is a colorful revival of a 1964 concrete building on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown. The 384-room boutique offers 12,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor space including nightlife venue Break Room 86.
Set in a poolside greenhouse, the restaurant Openaire is a California-driven concept from L.A.-born chef Josiah Citrin, renowned for his two Michelin-starred Mélisse in Santa Monica.
Joining West Hollywood’s celebrated rock star hotel collection, the rebranded (formerly the Jeremy) 1 Hotel West Hollywood is the brand’s first West Coast outpost and the city’s first new-build hotel in some 30 years. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the 285-room sustainability-driven luxury boutique offers 14,000-plus square feet of space.
Noteworthy F&B concepts include the Juniper Tree lobby bar, Harriett’s rooftop bar, and California-driven 1 Kitchen from former Top Chef contestant Chris Crary.
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