Inspired Renaissance

Boutique luxury abounds amid a newly modernized setting at The Mayfair Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of the Mayfair Hotel


Touted as the loftiest building west of the Mississippi River upon completion in 1926 (at 15 stories tall) and having the distinction of serving as the site of the first Academy Awards after-party in 1929, The Mayfair Hotel claims a rich history.

Now the historic Downtown Los Angeles property is nearing the finish line of a three-stage renovation that mixes Old Hollywood opulence alongside updated amenities and décor, with its grand reopening set for summer 2018. Think a brick-and-terra-cotta façade by original 1920s designers Alexander Curlett and Claud Beelman, as well as authentic flooring, brass fixtures and fluted charcoal-colored column pillars, paired with renovated guestrooms; a dramatic two-level lobby highlighting a new restaurant, duo of bars, cigar patio and podcast studio; and a multimillion-dollar art program curated by renowned L.A. street artist Kelly “Risk” Graval.

“The hotel was acquired by the ICO Group of Companies team in late 2012, with the specific intent to bring this long-forgotten property back to life,” says Joseph Soleiman, director of acquisitions for the L.A.-based developer known for its Pacific Electric, Mercantile and Broadway loft projects. “ICO identified The Mayfair Hotel as a uniquely positioned architectural property that would benefit greatly from our special expertise in renovation of historic, architecturally significant, but neglected properties.”

The Mayfair Hotel will offer guests and locals an intoxicatingly Angeleno experience… a stay at the property becomes an experiential discovery of L.A. through the senses—taste, sight and sound—even if you never leave the premises.”

—  Joseph Soleiman, director of acquisitions, ICO Group of Companies

Situated in the eclectic Central City West area of DTLA—amid thriving new restaurants, galleries, music venues and retail shops—the property is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, and flagged as part of Choice Hotel’s Ascend Collection of Hotels. The hotel features 296 rooms (including two presidential suites, one inspired by Coco Chanel and the other Charlie Chaplin), priced from $159 per night. Expect edgy yet luxurious Gulla Jónsdóttir-designed environs showcasing a contemporary take on 1920’s glamour, complete with special touches such as headboards boasting a vintage mural map of L.A.; queen-size Murphy beds; lounge areas; spa-like baths; and stunning city views.

Among the food and drink offerings is the stylish, 140-seat Eve American Bistro, helmed by Executive Chef Scott Commings (season 12 winner of the Fox TV series Hell’s Kitchen), with a menu featuring a flavorful take on modern American and California cuisine made using seasonal organic ingredients. Of the popular dishes are braised beef cheeks with ricotta and spinach gnocchi, peas and agrodolce; crispy calamari salad with miso, chili and charred lemon; and braised octopus carpaccio with lemon, capers, olive, fennel and arugula.

As for the hotel’s services and amenities, a new pool deck and café is slated to open this summer, while a Mezzanine Garden Gallery overlooking the main lobby on the second floor sports a green wall, 15-foot olive tree and rotating artwork for purchase by Risk. Additionally, meeting and event spaces include a 2,117-square-foot, three-story ballroom that hosted the aforementioned Oscar party.

“The Mayfair Hotel will offer guests and locals an intoxicatingly Angeleno experience,” says Soleiman. “A stay at the property becomes an experiential discovery of L.A. through the senses—taste, sight and sound—even if you never leave the premises.”

The Mayfair Hotel

1256 WEst 7th street los angeles, ca 90017

213.632.1200 |

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