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The Mandarina Resort’s Brand New Luxury Residential Development to Debut in 2020

One&Only Mandarina Resort and Residential Development Set to Debut in 2020

About an hour north of Puerto Vallarta lies land shaped by a long-dormant volcano, creating a stunning landscape boasting cliffs, a tropical beachfront jungle, sandy beaches, natural estuary and flatlands. Taking up residence amid this natural beauty is the new One&Only Mandarina resort and residential development.

“Mandarina’s positioning along the mountainous coast of Riviera Nayarit is a location unlike any other in Mexico,” says Ricardo Santa Cruz, partner at Mandarina, which is being developed by RLH Properties.

At the center of it all is one of the world’s first collections of One&Only Private Homes—55 contemporary-designed villas offering four-, five- and eight-bedroom floor plans ranging from 7,500 square feet to 13,500 square feet, with prices from $4.65 million to $10.5 million.

Set to debut in early 2020, owners will also have exclusive access to the One&Only Mandarina Resort, which features a collection of 108 luxury suites, world-class cuisine, beach clubs, wellness, and a Polo & Equestrian Club. discovermandarina.com

Photographs: (from top) courtesy of Hayes Davidson and Mandarina

Grand Solmar Exclusive 834-Acre Master-Planned Community Rancho San Lucas

Second-home buyers are seeking out an oceanfront living and outdoor enjoyment in Los Cabos at the Solmar Group’s exclusive new 834-acre master-planned community of Rancho San Lucas (ranchosanlucas.com), just 30 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport.

Residences include single-family, Santa Barbara-style homes, as well as oceanfront estates and residences with interiors by Norman Design Group.

World Class Amenities

Among the amenities: Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course opening in 2019, plus a Mexican Village offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.

“The Norman Estates embrace the history of the land as a previous cattle ranch, with expansive spaces for families who love to entertain and interiors that deliver a relaxed, rustic and authentic appeal,” says Rancho San Lucas Director Greg Reisdorf.

“The Villas evoke serenity and timeless luxury and enjoy amazing views of the Pacific and desert, being set on the highest vantage point.”

Prices start at $670,000 for The Villas and $1.6 million for the Norman Estates.

Photos courtesy of:
Rancho San Lucas

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Set to Debut in November

Rent Out an Entire Private Island with Kudadoo Maldives

Dreaming of renting out an entire private island for the ultimate all-inclusive holiday? Or maybe a villa resting on an exclusive slice of heaven? Kudadoo Maldives Private Island (kudadoo.com) is set to debut in November.

“Kudadoo is the ultimate ‘heaven on earth’ for travelers seeking a luxury home away from home”

The intimate hideaway features 15 opulent one- and two-bedroom ocean residences overlooking the water paired with a resort offering fine dining, water adventures, spa treatments and even a butler to grant any desire.

“Kudadoo is the ultimate ‘heaven on earth’ for travelers seeking a luxury home away from home,” says Nina Fleischmann-Torosyan, director of business development for Hurawalhi Island Resort and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island.

Situated in Lhaviyani Atoll—40 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport—the contemporary Japanese-style destination was designed by noted architect Yuji Yamazaki and is surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon, white sandy beaches, and coral reefs.

Prices start at $3,300 per night for residences and $65,000 per night for the island.

 

Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay

84-Exclusive Oceanfront Residences On Maui’s Coast

Named after a demigod who pulled at the ocean floor with his magical fishing hook to create The Big Island, Maui is home to 120 miles of epic coastline. Along the West Maui coast is postcard-perfect Kapalua Bay, home to Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay—an exclusive oceanfront community of 84 luxury residences set within Kapalua Resort, and priced from $3.5 million.

An elegant oceanfront community

Limited Number of 3-4 Bedroom Residences Available

Residences are three or four bedrooms, ranging in size from approximately 2,700 to 4,055 square feet, and sold unfurnished, allowing one’s personal design ideas to spring to life. Those so inclined can tap one of Montage Residences Kapalua Bay’s design partners for interior furnishing options.

A sunny living room with abundant ocean views

An Exclusive Oceanfront in West Maui

The intimate community is a place of quiet retreat, complete with a 30,000-square-foot ocean-view spa and fitness center, Asian-influenced gourmet dining and 8,500 square feet of leisurely, lagoon-style pools. Step outside to Kapalua Resort—where Montage Residences Kapalua Bay homeowners enjoy access to a dynamic roster of recreation activities—to indulge world-class golf at two PGA- and LPGA-level courses: Plantation Course, ranked best in Hawaii for a decade by Golfweek, and Bay Course, home of over 20 pro tournaments. Non-golfers will revel in the fresh-air paradise of Kapalua Bay, from its rugged coastal trails to beachfront fun ranging from stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling to lounging along its peaceful, white-sand beaches. 

Inquire: montageresidenceskapaluabay.com

Written by Constance Dunn
Photographs: courtesy of Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay

Andaz Aerie—Unique, By Design

Commercial & residential architecture across the Hawaiian Islands offers a fresh expression of modern Pacific style

Translating the natural beauty of the landscape into a contemporary sanctuary with a daze of indulgences and modern design, the Andaz Maui evokes a warm, forward-thinking tone. For architecture to qualify as an oasis in the lushest oasis of all—the island of Maui—it must be truly spectacular, if not entirely of this Earth, such is the benchmark.

Arrival bridge at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

 

That the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is precisely this is a credit to the Rockwell Group, which helmed a brilliant redesign to give the luxury hotel what it previously lacked: a clear connective quality to local culture. Gone are remnants of colonial Hawaiiana, replaced with indigenous materials, like teak and lava stone, and a relation to the exterior world: rolling waves and gentle trade winds. With free-form loungers resting on a delicately raked bed of sand underneath a mammoth skylight in the lobby, the sandpit is the centerpiece that informs the design.

‘awili spa and salon’s apothecary blending bar

The bends of a stunning wooden spiral staircase echo the curves of a Hawaiian canoe, while reflecting pools bordering the breezeway and exquisite Japanese sculpture display an Asian influence. The spa, meanwhile, is a contemporary take on ancient apothecaries, while residential-style villas tout custom furniture, local art and large windows that frame hypnotic ocean views that look close enough to touch.

This is more than a hotel; it’s Hawaii in the modern age—an environment that expresses the true and unmanufactured spirit of Aloha.

maui.andaz.hyatt.com

Written by Jenn Thornton
Photographs: courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort/Hyatt Corporation

Made in Mayumi

A new stay, play and work alternative debuts in Culver City

[cs_dropcap column_size=”1/1″ dropcap_style=”box” dropcap_size=”0″ dropcap_color=”#fff” dropcap_bg_color=”#d7df21″]While establishing office buildings to meet the needs of Culver City’s growing technology and media industries for the past five years, HQ Development began getting requests from its tenants and their mobile workforces for nearby flexible-living accommodations and event spaces. The idea for Mayumi was born. Fast-forward to today, and the company has transformed a dilapidated Westside motel into a new boutique property that will provide long-term visitors with a flexible, all-inclusive residential-stay alternative paired with public meeting spaces and special events, while also offering nightly lodging options.[/cs_dropcap]

“Mayumi is a Japanese word meaning: ‘Ma’ (mother); ‘Yu’ (courage, or alternatively, emerging/appearing to help others); and ‘Mi’ (beauty),” says Alexander Bird, co-founder of Mayumi and principal of HQ Development. “This fits our ethos perfectly, as we want our guests to feel at home in a beautiful space, while also providing a strong aspect of community around them that suits their needs for a positive living and work environment.”

 

Situated at 5630 Sawtelle Blvd. in the heart of Culver City—in a private locale easily accessible to the Silicon Beach—the contemporary-style building and stylish custom interiors were designed by L.A. architecture firm Shubin Donaldson. Expect an elevated residential concept offering 35 private rooms featuring hotel amenities (including a free, private high-speed network and weekly housekeeping services), with rates starting at $150 per day.

 

Among the amenities is a common courtyard with Internet, a full-service kitchen, fire pit, barbecue area, and sites to relax, work and host group dinners. Activities include yoga, and special events and discussion panels. A fleet of bicycles even is available for guests’ use.

“Mayumi will provide flexible-stay accommodations coupled with events to give both visitors and locals the chance to interact in thoughtfully designed indoor-outdoor community spaces,” says Bird. “The flexibility of easy-to-book long- and short-term stays paired with a community aspect is unlike anything Los Angeles has to offer right now.”

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of Roger Davies
 
Mayumi

5630 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
310.765.2008 | themayumi.com

 

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Coastal Infusion

Playful seaside style meets effortless elegance at the newly opened westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel in the heart of the South Bay

At the new westdrift Manhattan Beach, West Coast meets East Coast in a celebration of the South Bay beach city founded by a New Yorker from a borough of the same name. And that it is, from the hotel’s moniker, which is influenced by the westerly winds that famously swept dunes of sugary sand over the Manhattan Beach boardwalk, to the name of the signature indoor-outdoor restaurant, Jute Coastal Bar + Kitchen, that references the strong, raw fiber often used for making nautical-style ropes.

Adding flair? A sun-washed beach palette with an East Coast aesthetic, punctuated throughout with driftwood, pops of navy blue, woven chairs, string flags and water-themed artwork by Sausalito photorealist Eric Zener. A custom Argentine driftwood check-in desk framed by striking wooden columns with metal accents even calls to mind the city’s iconic pier.

Set on 26 acres—near Los Angeles International Airport, the beach and The Point, the area’s top shopping and dining destination—the Autograph Collection’s first L.A. property features 393 guest rooms (including 14 suites) priced from $259 (weekends) to $289 (weekdays) per night. Expect a mesh of playful seaside style and effortless elegance throughout the open and flowing environs crafted by San Francisco-based EDG Design and local consultant Theresa Fatino Design, including rooms featuring sea glass light fixtures and soft, neutral tones with hints of cool blue, as well as Malin + Goetz bath products.

Look for a communal-focused dining experience led by Executive Chef Octavio Sabado at Jute. Among the most popular items on the bicoastal menu is ahi tuna ceviche (with agua chile, jicama, pecans, pomegranate and plantain); salt roasted beets (with raspberry, herbed boat cheese, pistachio, arugula and meringue); grilled hanger steak (with cipollini confit, oyster mushrooms and mojo verde); and sustainable salmon (with potato confit, braised leek and ash).

Jute also will offer a wide selection of original, seasonal libations, including the Catch Me if You Can (Grand Poppy Amaro, lemon, Beluga Vodka, Bergamot and elderberry spice) and LAX to JFK (Westland American Oak whiskey, Cocchi Americano, Martini & Rossi Bitter, pineapple cordial, Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters and a dash of sea salt).

Rounding out the property’s offerings is plenty of special amenities and services. Think a CrossFit-type fitness center, outdoor pool flanked by cabanas, beach cruisers from Venice Beach-based Solé Bicycles, a Boards & Brews package including a morning group surf lesson followed by a local brewery tour and tasting, and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course. Not to mention 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three industrial-chic venues.

“With the opening of westdrift, Manhattan Beach finally earns a new hotel worthy of its sophisticated surroundings,” says the property’s general manager, Stephanie Bauer. “The spirit of the Autograph Collection brand reflects a true sense of place, and the mashup of Manhattan Beach between business and beach proves an exciting, enviable muse. Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel that allure.”

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of westdrift Manhattan Beach

 

westdrift

1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.546.7511  |  westdrift.com

A New Classic

The spirit of an East Coast flagship is reborn in a West Coast hotel at the heart of the cultural renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles

Rare in this city is the anticipated opening that does not come out of Hollywood. Nevertheless, the new NoMad Los Angeles hotel, which bowed last month on corner of 7th and Olive Street in Downtown, has a Hollywood story to tell. The hotel takes over the Giannini Building, which was originally built in the 1920s and the one-time headquarters of the Bank of Italy, which helped bankroll Walt Disney’s badly over budget Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Like that film, this one has all the makings of a classic: a building with much of its neoclassical character, veteran leadership at every level, the essence of its celebrated predecessor NoMad New York, and a sensitivity to the cultural, social and physical fabric of its local environ. How could it not be a hit?

[cs_dropcap column_size=”1/1″ dropcap_style=”box” dropcap_size=”0″ dropcap_color=”#fff” dropcap_bg_color=”#d7df21″] It is ironic that a hotel whose name means wanderer may have difficulty getting travelers to leave, especially if already acquainted with the NoMad brand. Refined though refreshingly free of vanity, the hotel takes a laissez-faire approach to luxury, where, rather than assault one with ostentation, it nurtures a casual elegance, an atmosphere for socializing, where one can enjoy a cocktail or have a conversation in a series convivial public spaces. The hotel’s two-story lobby, in particular, was made for mingling, with a library, coffee bar, and more.[/cs_dropcap]

French interior designer Jacques Garcia was careful to preserve and reference the building’s Italian heritage while gracing interior spaces with the ease of the California coast. All 241 of the hotel’s rooms and suites are smartly dressed and feature a color palette that echoes the hotel’s spectacularly restored Italianate ceiling in the lobby—lush blue with gold accents complementing custom furnishings, Bellino linens, art curated by Paris design studio be-poles, and freestanding pedestal bathtubs.

It’s all so sumptuous, but streamlined to suit the feel of unfussy Southern California. The highpoint of all lodging is the Nomad Suite. Perched on the 12th floor, the 1,200-square-foot suite is larger than the average apartment. With more than enough space to receive—and impress—a sizable entourage, the suite soaks in a grand skyline view while embracing a living room, dining room and bedroom.

Dining at NoMad Los Angeles gets a major leg up from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The duo behind the culinary program at NoMad New York as well as the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, NoMad Los Angeles marks the team’s first foray outside Manhattan—and what an auspicious start.

Turning to local ingredients and the vibrancy of Downtown to create the hotel’s radiant dining and drinking environment, the menu is a reflection of diverse local tastes; cuisine is, like the vibe throughout, sophisticated yet simultaneously approachable. The second-floor Mezzanine is the culmination of the culinary program, with formal dining, a first-class wine selection and inventive cocktails. 

Crowning the NoMad Los Angeles is its fabulous rooftop. With the Los Angeles skyline dramatically on show, the alfresco space is theater in its own right, with a café, chic cocktail bar and lavish pool, all designed by Jacques Garcia. Combined, these spaces further the hotel’s rich communal culture, with flexibility a primary attraction. Whether hosting a seated dinner or a swanky cocktail reception, the 5,178-square-foot rooftop has no ceiling when it comes to possible setups.

True to its roots as a building that once housed a bank, the NoMad Los Angeles has brought a bit more social currency—and a whole lot of uptown touch—to Downtown.

Written by Jenn Thornton  |  Photography Courtesy of Benoit Linero

 

The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.358.0000  |  thenomadhotel.com

 

Coastal Cool

A luxurious collection of 53 ocean-front residences is taking shape in Pacific Palisades

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photographs Courtesy of Etco Homes

 

Imagine the iconic spot where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway. Now visualize actually living in that picture-perfect locale. Coming soon is the chance to do just that, with the new One Coast development featuring 53 modern bluff-top residences overlooking the sea, complete with an ultra-luxe, lock-and-leave lifestyle highlighted by modern homes boasting rooftop decks offering ocean, canyon and mountain views; showroom-quality finishes and features; and convenient access to some of the world’s most coveted entertainment and recreational offerings.

“This site had been sought-after by many—including etco Homes and Taylor Morrison—for quite some time, prior to the decision to start a successful collaboration together in 2014,” says Afshin Etebar, president of Beverly Hills-based etco Homes, which is collaborating with Arizona-based Taylor Morrison Home Corp. on the project. “It is due to the iconic, one-of-a-kind location that offered an opportunity to develop ocean-front homes with incredible view corridors in Pacific Palisades. There will not be another site exactly like this, in this area or on the coast, in the foreseeable future.”

Set on almost four acres at 17331 Tramonto Blvd.—near prominent hiking trails, parks and beaches, as well as Maestro’s Steakhouse and other high-end restaurants, the Bay Club Pacific Palisades fitness center, and the forthcoming Caruso’s Palisades Village—the gated community has begun pre-sales on the first collection of homes, with completion of the entire complex set for the end of the year. Living options include three- to five-bedroom townhomes and flats ranging from 2,778 to 4,986 square feet, with prices starting in the low $3 million range. Expect contemporary stucco, wood and stone-accented homes featuring high-quality touches such as Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, Waterworks plumbing fixtures and soaking tubs, designer-specified tile, Caesarstone countertops and hardwood flooring.

Designed by Irvine-based Bucilla Group Architecture, with interiors by Objekt Design, the residences will have a special focus on indoor-outdoor living. “Being in Southern California, specifically Pacific Palisades and the coastal living, we wanted to create a sense of ‘living’ with the ocean in a way few others ever will,” says Etebar. Think large windows and sliding-glass doors that open to private verandas; rooms strategically placed to maximize ocean views from the kitchen, living room and master bedroom; and communal rooftop decks ideal for relaxing and entertaining (with select residences featuring private rooftop decks). Other amenities include a guard-gated entry, private driveways and garages, as well as elevators that open to private unit foyers.

“Securing such an iconic property along the Southern California coastline is the dream of every homebuilder, so we feel fortunate to have acquired such a special piece of land,” says Etebar. “We’ve worked hard to create a land plan and thoughtfully designed homes that will honor the lifestyle of the Palisades. It is our hope that One Coast will serve as a community that embraces the very best that the Palisades has to offer in terms of luxury, expansive and diverse floor plans, and spectacular ocean views.”

One Coast Sales Gallery

17351 Sunset Blvd #1b, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

310.230.0101 | liveonecoast.com

Perfection on the Peninsula

Terranea Resort’s newly enhanced atmosphere boosts the four-diamond property’s already tremendous appeal

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of Terranea Resort

 

It’s been one of Southern California’s most beautiful and popular oceanfront resorts since opening in 2009. Now, with $40 million worth of property-wide enhancements under its belt, there’s even more reason to visit luxe Terranea Resort along the Palos Verdes Peninsula—from upgraded guestroom amenities to major projects including the addition of a fourth resort pool, a new poolside eatery and a complete redesign of Catalina kitchen.

“Our evolution has been nothing short of phenomenal,” says Angelo Fernandes, senior vice president, sales and marketing of Terranea, part of the Destination Hotels brand of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts, and residences nationwide. “The first few years included a lot of trial usage—a lot of finding ourselves, understanding who our guests were, understanding what their preferences were and determining how we were going to fulfill them.

Our goal has been to move from the transactional to the emotional. We desire to be an emotive brand that speaks to somebody’s heart and says, ‘Terranea is the best in my mind, because it is my most favorite place to go on vacation.’ We still work on delivering memories…through experiences, and we hope that those memories and experiences create unbelievable stories.”

The enhancements meld the hotel’s classic Spanish Colonial style with the casual elegance of coastal California, with input from guests and Terranea associates playing a significant role in determining the redesign. Most recently, the resort tapped California-based interior design firm BAMO to reimagine its guestrooms and suites (as well as bungalows, casitas and villas) to the tune of $8 million—complete with new Mediterranean-style décor and furnishings closely attuned to guests’ preferences, including elegant round marble tables; wood and mirrored-millwork paneling; Spanish Colonial-style raised-panel dressers; contemporary local artwork; and new desks, mattresses and bed linens.

Terranea’s catalina kitchen also re-launched with a $3 million redesign highlighting an open kitchen; new menus showcasing locally sourced ingredients such as seafood, honey and salt (think sea salts harvested in the resort’s own conservancy and flavored with home-grown herbs); revamped interior and exterior décor by L.A.-based Bishop Pass Studio; and the addition of a bar featuring signature cocktails. What’s more, new experiential food stations now line the perimeter of the restaurant—most notably, a seafood island where guests can observe chefs shucking oysters, carving sushi, and skinning and deboning fish.

“From menu to tabletop to staff personality, everything communicates a relaxed, yet energetic, spirit of a California coastal lifestyle,” says Fernandes. “There’s a juxtaposition between the tranquility of the ocean and the live action that comes from the culinary experts in the dining room. Pancakes are made to order, salads are tossed, fish is filleted, and pizzas shuffle in and out of the wood-fired oven.” 

Yet other upgrades at Terranea include the new $3.4 million Vista Pool, situated adjacent to Terranea’s signature restaurant, mar’sel, where guests ages 13 and older will find a saltwater pool and hot tub offering views of the Pacific, along with food and beverage service. The Resort Pool area also added a casual new outdoor dining option, The Grill at Terranea, which serves classic California cuisine table or poolside.

Meanwhile, the Lobby Bar & Terrace has been refreshed; new furnishings, a garden and an aquarium have been added to the Tide Pool Kids Club; the Beach Cove now has umbrellas, lounge chairs and lawn games; and a new retail boutique, marea, offers high-end clothing, accessories and jewelry. The most show-stopping aspect of the newly designed hotel?

“Above all, Terranea’s level of service,” says Fernandes. “We pride ourselves on having a team that delivers this heartfelt service because they want to deliver it, not because they have to. It’s what separates us from others.”

Terranea Resort

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

866.261.5873  |  Terranea.com

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 | mayfairla.com

A New Classic

The spirit of an East Coast flagship is reborn in a West Coast hotel at the heart of the cultural renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles

Written by Jenn Thornton  |  Photography Courtesy of Benoit Linero

 

Rare in this city is the anticipated opening that does not come out of Hollywood. Nevertheless, the new NoMad Los Angeles hotel, which bowed last month on corner of 7th and Olive Street in Downtown, has a Hollywood story to tell. The hotel takes over the Giannini Building, which was originally built in the 1920s and the one-time headquarters of the Bank of Italy, which helped bankroll Walt Disney’s badly over budget Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Like that film, this one has all the makings of a classic: a building with much of its neoclassical character, veteran leadership at every level, the essence of its celebrated predecessor NoMad New York, and a sensitivity to the cultural, social and physical fabric of its local environ. How could it not be a hit?

It is ironic that a hotel whose name means wanderer may have difficulty getting travelers to leave, especially if already acquainted with the NoMad brand. Refined though refreshingly free of vanity, the hotel takes a laissez-faire approach to luxury, where, rather than assault one with ostentation, it nurtures a casual elegance, an atmosphere for socializing, where one can enjoy a cocktail or have a conversation in a series convivial public spaces. The hotel’s two-story lobby, in particular, was made for mingling, with a library, coffee bar, and more.

French interior designer Jacques Garcia was careful to preserve and reference the building’s Italian heritage while gracing interior spaces with the ease of the California coast. All 241 of the hotel’s rooms and suites are smartly dressed and feature a color palette that echoes the hotel’s spectacularly restored Italianate ceiling in the lobby—lush blue with gold accents complementing custom furnishings, Bellino linens, art curated by Paris design studio be-poles, and freestanding pedestal bathtubs.

It’s all so sumptuous, but streamlined to suit the feel of unfussy Southern California. The highpoint of all lodging is the Nomad Suite. Perched on the 12th floor, the 1,200-square-foot suite is larger than the average apartment. With more than enough space to receive—and impress—a sizable entourage, the suite soaks in a grand skyline view while embracing a living room, dining room and bedroom.

Dining at NoMad Los Angeles gets a major leg up from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The duo behind the culinary program at NoMad New York as well as the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, NoMad Los Angeles marks the team’s first foray outside Manhattan—and what an auspicious start.

Turning to local ingredients and the vibrancy of Downtown to create the hotel’s radiant dining and drinking environment, the menu is a reflection of diverse local tastes; cuisine is, like the vibe throughout, sophisticated yet simultaneously approachable. The second-floor Mezzanine is the culmination of the culinary program, with formal dining, a first-class wine selection and inventive cocktails. 

Crowning the NoMad Los Angeles is its fabulous rooftop. With the Los Angeles skyline dramatically on show, the alfresco space is theater in its own right, with a café, chic cocktail bar and lavish pool, all designed by Jacques Garcia. Combined, these spaces further the hotel’s rich communal culture, with flexibility a primary attraction. Whether hosting a seated dinner or a swanky cocktail reception, the 5,178-square-foot rooftop has no ceiling when it comes to possible setups.

True to its roots as a building that once housed a bank, the NoMad Los Angeles has brought a bit more social currency—and a whole lot of uptown touch—to Downtown.

NoMad Los Angeles

649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.358.0000  |  thenomadhotel.com

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