Before it was the sprawling metropolis at the beating heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles consisted of verdant acres of farmland, many home to fragrant orange groves. Farmer’s Daughter brings this oft-forgotten past into the present day with a quirky, down-home style, manifest in farm-animal–themed artwork, plaid blankets, faux cowhide rugs, and mismatched furniture. But this is no sleepy homestead; with shopping destination The Grove on the other side of the street, this buzzy boutique hotel attracts a lively crowd of pretty young things to its Southern-inspired restaurant, and the corrugated tin–framed courtyard—lit by string lights and a fire pit—turns into quite the scene at night. Like on a farm, almost everything encourages social living, from a free-whiskey hour for guests to the “take one, leave one” lending library. The almost-festive atmosphere continues at the pool, adorned with a neon sign and a flock of rubber duckies. Rooms are relatively small—this was once a motel whose location across from CBS Studios made it popular with The Price is Right guests—but charming and well-outfitted, with Nespresso machines, custom artwork, and iPod docks.
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Located across the street from the CBS television studios, the Grove, and the Original Farmers' Market, the hotel could hardly be better placed for exploring L.A.'s popular sights and neighborhoods. With the boutiques, bars, and restaurants of West Third just around the corner—don't miss brunch or lunch at Joan's on Third—and Melrose and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) just a few blocks in either direction, there's more than enough shopping, eating, drinking, walking, and sightseeing for any single trip. And the hip, well-heeled neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are both just a short drive away.
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Rooms: 66 rooms, two suites. From $179. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: If there were still a farm in central Los Angeles, the eclectic, rustic-hip Tart would be its communal dining room. Outfitted with long wooden tables, mismatched vintage dishware, and mason jars for cocktail glasses, the restaurant and bar are simultaneously quirky and trendy, the latter strongly evidenced by the lively scene that spills out into the string-lit courtyard at night. The all-day menu offers a Southern-themed mélange with just a few hints of British pub fare and Southeast Asian street food influences. Spa and gym details: The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, and it offers discounted-rate passes to a local gym that has a larger lap pool, as well as yoga, Pilates, and aerobics classes. Discount passes for Soul Cycle and Pop Physique are also available, and there are bicycles to borrow. In lieu of an on-site spa, the concierge can recommend and book spa and salon treatments in the area.
Who's it best for: Adventurous, atmosphere-conscious travelers on a budget who want to be close to everything. Our favorite rooms: While the Farmer’s Suites are the most spacious rooms and have a stainless-steel kitchenette, the Robin Rooms, entirely renovated in 2015, feel a smidge more sophisticated than some of the other accommodations. With a more muted color palette, a curated collection of Taschen books, custom original artwork on the walls, and a well-stocked minibar of gourmet treats, these are rooms to get cozy in. On-site shopping: Pop into the lobby boutique to peruse a hand-picked selection of clothing and accessories made by local designers, including the hotel’s owner.