In each installment of Hotel Report, I profile a hotel that I’ve personally enjoyed and think you’ll enjoy too. Here, you’ll find the need-to-know info, insider tips and photos that’ll help you have a perfect stay of your own.
REASONS TO STAY
You live in Southern California and want a simple, quiet and romantic weekend away from home. Most of all, you want to stay somewhere that’s off the beaten path and away from Palm Springs’ many see-and-been-seen hotels.
You’re taking a west coast road trip and/or visiting Southern California with your significant other. Make time for one romantic night (two if you really feel like relaxing) to experience the beauty of the California desert.
Los Feliz — a hipster-chic neighborhood on LAs east side. Plus, it’s right above one of the city’s preeminent wine bars, Bar Covell.
If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, chances are your search for hotels will bring you to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or Downtown. All are home to big hotels.
In Santa Monica, you’ll find the beach-adjacent, 302-room Fairmont. In Beverly Hills, there’s the swanky, 297-room SLS. And in Downtown, you’ll find the hipster-chic, 182-room Ace Hotel. All are perfectly good options.
But if it’s a boutique hotel you’re after, there’s West Hollywood’s 32-room Palihotel, the 80-room Le Petit Ermitage, and the 13-room The Charlie. If that’s not small enough, then the 5-room Hotel Covell is for you.
This minimally staffed hotel with an intimate rooftop bar feels more like staying at your stylish friend’s apartment than at a hotel.
The Best Rooms
Each of Hotel Covell’s 5 masculine, mid-century modern rooms represent a chapter in the life story of fictional character George Covell, a writer born in 1926. Since there’s only five rooms total, here’s an intro to each.
Room 1/Chapter 1′s modest yet warm atmosphere accented by reclaimed wood and leather is inspired by Covell’s childhood as a farm boy in Oklahoma.
Room 2/Chapter 2′s simplistic and modern feel accented by classic novels on the shelves and hints of Covell’s increasingly eclectic tastes, represents Covell’s life as a young man in New York City in 1950.
Room 3/Chapter 3′s comforting vibe accented by neutral colors and sheep skin rugs, represents the Paris apartment that Covell shared with his lover and muse, Claudine, for over two decades.
Room 4/Chapter 4′s bright 2 bedrooms and ample living space with emerald accents and worldly collected items, represents the New York City apartment that Covell kept in his later, professionally successful years.
Room 5/Chapter 5′s era-spanning style (complete with “inherited” mid-century modern pieces), represents the apartment of Isabel, the Parisian daughter of Covell and Claudine who, at 18, moved to New York City to be closer to her father. * This room is my favorite.
In addition to a story, each room is equipped with a kitchenette, retro fridge, record player and vinyl collection (each room has its own signature track).
Rates range from $245 (for Room 1/Chapter 1) to $595 (for Room 4/Chapter 4) on weekdays and from $295 to $650 on weekends.
HOW TO SPEND YOUR TIME
The hotel’s location in Los Feliz, a predominately residential neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles, will allow you to automatically infiltrate Los Angeles’ inner circle of non-tourists and walk amongst the locals.
To start your day, head to Griffith Park (which runs along Los Feliz’s northern boarder). But before you hike to the summit for birds eye view of the city, grab a coffee and scone from The Trails Cafe.
In the evening, kick things off at Bar Covell, the intimate and dimly lit wine bar that has been pouring vino to LA’s in-the-know east side crowd for the past 5 years. After, head to Cliff’s Edge for dinner and cocktails on one of LA’s best patios. Craving something more casual? Try Garage Pizza followed by a few beers at divey neighborhood bar, The Drawing Room.
Other neighborhood spots worth checking out include MessHall for a great burger, whiskey and $1 oysters on Tuesday nights, Little Dom’s for Italian food and pizza, and Alcove and Home for great outdoor breakfast and brunch.
Photo credit: Bethany Nauert