The first true boutique hotel on L.A.’s east side, the Hotel Covell fits into its trendy Los Feliz neighborhood so well that it feels like it should have been there for years. Created by a veteran of the Los Angeles bar and restaurant scene, the five-room hotel’s design takes its inspiration from a fictional character’s life: George Covell, the imaginary writer, started out in Oklahoma in the 1930s and '40s before dividing his time between New York and Paris, where his daughter grew up. Each distinctively (and painstakingly) decorated suite takes its aesthetic inspiration from a place George or his daughter lived, from a rustic-chic Oklahoma house to a 1970s Parisian apartment. But these rooms are more than their good looks; each has a theme-appropriate kitchenette with all the requisite retro-inspired accessories, including a Smeg refrigerator with Stumptown cold-brew coffee inside, and most have a spacious sitting area where entertaining would be entirely appropriate. The hotel’s surroundings are just as compelling as its rooms. Eastside aficionados know it’s hard to beat the Hollywood Boulevard location in the hip heart of Los Feliz, where the cool kids lounge and shop at the trendy bars, cafés, and boutiques.
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Along with Echo Park, the twin eastside neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silver Lake are some of L.A.'s coolest spots these days, and Hotel Covell is the first boutique lodging to fill the void for discerning hipsters looking for a local pied-à-terre. Not only is its Hollywood Boulevard location smack-dab in the middle of Los Feliz's pedestrian center, but it actually has the rare distinction of being just a few blocks from the Vermont/Sunset Red Line metro station, putting downtown, at least, within reach of automobile-averse travelers. But there's plenty in the immediate area, too, including Barnsdall Art Park, with its Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Hollyhock House; the Vista Theatre, one of the city's last art deco movie houses; and indie boutiques like Co-op 28 and the iconic Skylight Books. A short drive down Sunset drops you into the center of Silver Lake, with its famous Intelligentsia Coffee at Sunset Junction, the popular Silver Lake Farmers' Market, trendy shops like Vacation Vinyl, and hip eateries such as Forage and Cliff's Edge. Both the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory are also just a quick drive away.
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Rooms: Five suites, one with two bedrooms. From $245. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Downstairs, the unpretentious Bar Covell predates the hotel as a trendy eastside destination, with 150 wines by the glass, eight rotating beers on tap, and a curated menu of Spanish- and French-inspired bites. The bar is only open nights, though, so guests are on their own for breakfast; each room includes an outfitted kitchenette, and the Central Texas–inspired HomeState next door serves coffee and breakfast tacos. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a gym nor a spa, but the surrounding neighborhood is pleasant to explore on foot, and Griffith Park, with its many hiking trails, is just a five-minute drive away.
Who's it best for: Style-conscious creatives who finally have somewhere to stay on the east side of L.A. and appreciate the freedom of a kitchenette. Our favorite rooms: Each room’s design is based on a “chapter” in the fictional George Covell’s life. The Parisian-inspired Chapter Three is perhaps the most scenic, with a panoramic bay window looking out over the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Observatory, while the 1970s New York–themed Chapter Four has two bedrooms. Stranger than fiction: The suites are designed to have been inhabited by a fictional character and, thus, could be lived in by a discerning guest, too. Each has a Crosley turntable with records from owner Dustin Lancaster’s personal collection, a chic sitting area with art and accents to suit the fictional inhabitant’s taste, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and a fully outfitted kitchenette with a Smeg refrigerator, Chemex coffeemaker, and dishes by Heath Ceramics.