The Mayfair Hotel
1256 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
| +1 213-632-1200
Photo by Loriant Studios, Anthony Secker / The Mayfair Hotel
The Mayfair HotelWhy we love it: A hotel steeped in L.A. history gets a classy makeover
- A bookable podcast recording room
- Midcentury modern design that highlights the hotel’s history
- A dramatic lobby with plenty of seating and a classy bar
This historic Beaux Arts building on the edge of downtown was the site of the first-ever Academy Awards after party in 1929 and it’s finally been brought back to its former glory—the hotel hadn’t been updated since the 1980s. The Mayfair’s grand monochromatic lobby features original stone columns, light marble accents, plenty of skylights amid lofty ceilings and impressive arches and alcoves with scattered gray velvet seating throughout. The chic M Bar at the back glows under a lit-up seashell-like sculpture. Rooms and suites have panoramic views of the city skyline and feature black-and-white photographs of the city, black-and-white striped canopies draped over the bed, and patterned wallpaper behind the bed.
But it’s not all black and white: the hotel has an impressive arts program that shows its grittier side, with artist-in-residence Kelly “RISK” Graval curating the current collection, which focuses mostly on graffiti pieces by artists like Shepard Fairey, Geoff Melville, Jim Evans AKA TAZ, and Stephen Vanasco AKA Van Styles. Other trendy details like a podcast recording studio that guests and locals can book by the hour and a yet-to-open outdoor pool with cabanas, a bar, and an outdoor fireplace ensure the crowd skews young and hip. American restaurant Eve (named after a Raymond Chandler character—Chandler wrote his short story “I’ll Be Waiting” at the hotel in the 1930s) is led by Karo Patpatyan while Fairgrounds, a Chicago import, offers coffee and tea from Stumptown, Toby’s, Verve, and Rishi.