The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
649 South Olive Street
Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
The NoMad Hotel Los AngelesPerhaps no hotel debut was as anticipated in 2018 as the NoMad, the West Coast outpost of the celebrated Manhattan property. The downtown Los Angeles spot adapts the hotel’s winning formula—a vibrant social scene, with a helping of high style—for the West Coast. The hotel is housed in a historic building, the former Bank of Italy, which influenced French designer Jacques Garcia’s design: the 241 rooms and suites subtly reference neoclassical style and play off the palette of the lobby’s gold-and-blue coffered Italianate ceiling. Couples looking for a romantic retreat should opt for the Atelier room with a freestanding pedestal tub at its center. But staying here is as much about what’s happening outside your room. A pair of French art collectors imagined THE LAB, a wholly original concept store and exhibition space with exclusive works by carefully curated artists. Only hotel guests gain access to the rooftop pool, where bites and bubbly (one-quarter of the extensive wine list at the NoMad is champagne) are also served. At dinnertime, locals fill the mezzanine and lobby restaurants for local seafood and roast chicken for two, stuffed with brioche and paired with a Belgian brown ale. Save space for a show and dessert: Baked Alaska, flambéed tableside.