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 nine-room hotel takes its inspiration from a fictional character’s life: George Covell, an imaginary writer, started out in Oklahoma in the 1930s and ’40s before dividing his time between New York and Paris
, where his daughter Isabel grew up. Each distinctively (and painstakingly) decorated suite is based on a place George or Isabel lived, from a rustic-chic Oklahoma house to a 1970s Parisian apartment. These rooms are more than their good looks, however; each has a theme-appropriate kitchenette with all the requisite retro-inspired accessories, including a Smeg refrigerator, 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.