La Peer Hotel officially opens its doors in May, ushering in a new era of luxury for West Hollywood’s bustling Design District. The boutique Kimpton hotel is an intimate oasis perfectly positioned between the famed streets of Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.
Reflecting the surrounding neighborhood’s emphasis on design, art, and style, the 105-room hotel features inspired indoor and outdoor public spaces that truly set the tone for this urban retreat, a secluded pool accented by thoughtful landscaping and custom-made lanterns, and a 4,000-square-foot private rooftop event terrace. Handcrafted art pieces and custom designs are found throughout the hotel, contributing to the overall creative energy. In addition, renowned Chef Casey Lane’s newest LA endeavor – Viale dei Romani – is situated off the lobby area bringing a modern take on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine to Los Angeles.
Gulla Jónsdóttir is the principal designer of La Peer Hotel, with a reputation for integrated work across the fields of architecture and design. La Peer Hotel holds particular significance for Jónsdóttir, as the site of the hotel is also the original location of her first studio in Los Angeles. With an overall aesthetic that is chic and comforting with a brushstroke of understated elegance, La Peer Hotel features earth tones and natural materials, such as concrete and leather walls, white oak wood flooring, plaster walls, liquid surfaces, and bronze columns.
Combined with the custom furniture, art abounds at every turn. Bespoke designs include curved brass ceiling details, a leather cocoon wall, and six-foot round light sconces that emit an ambient glow in the lobby lounge. Hand-selected paintings, photography, and poetry from Jónsdóttir’s colleagues and friends are interspersed throughout the hotel as well, such as Kahori Maki’s incomparable elevator design and the first collaboration between internationally renowned graffiti artist Retna with artist Guerin Swing that created a stunning installation for the hotel’s backyard courtyard. La Peer’s ground floor is also home to Jónsdóttir’s studio gallery, Atelier Gulla Jónsdóttir, where guests will have the opportunity to peruse and procure some of the artwork and furniture found throughout the hotel.
Viale dei Romani, a new restaurant concept created by Casey Lane, offers guests and locals an energetic dining experience at La Peer Hotel. Inspired first by Lane’s trips to the Mediterranean coasts, the seafood-driven cuisine highlights the principles of Italian cooking with broader Southern French and North African influences. The menu draws from the rich and far reaching culinary history of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and the Moorish impact on the southern European Coast. Highlights include wood-fired seafood, raw fish preparations, pasta, pizza, and the traditional chickpea crêpe Cecina served with falafel, crudo, and marinated local vegetables; as well as a world class bread program and pastries – with all offerings crafted in-house and by hand.