Housed in Giannini Place, a 1920s landmark in Downtown Los Angeles, and originally the headquarters of the Bank of Italy, Hotel Per La is a place where ideas are born and trends are started. With 241 rooms and suites, multiple bars and restaurants, opulent public spaces and inspired service, the hotel invites guests to “experience a truer expression of LA. A gateway to the sides rarely seen, envisioned in the spirit of hard work and celebration.” It certainly wows from them moment one enters its doors.
The 12 storey property retains the building’s signature architectural features with much of its Neoclassical style, including its Doric columns, ornate golden and blue ceiling, and marble floors; all having been preserved in the hotel’s public spaces. Interiors came courtesy of local interior designer Jaqui Seerman, who has blended contemporary furnishings and airy linens with pops of bright colours that feel distinctively LA, all whilst nodding to Italian flair and style.
Grand yet playful public spaces include the lobby, adorned with a custom-made curved plaster front desk by Voila Studio and a hand-painted tapestry from LA muralist Jessalyn Brooks, one of over 4,000 pieces of art from commissioned works to vintage prints sourced between Italy and California that can be found throughout the hotel. A rich purple lounge features furnishings and décor sourced from local LA artisans, and a botanical oasis wrapped in ornate mouldings is home to a sofa with handwoven botanical upholstery, oversized mirrored arches and a water feature that makes way to a gallery encased in mirrors. Quite the opulence.
The hotel’s 241 rooms and suites were designed by French architect and designer, Jacques Garcia, the colour palette drawn from the fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling located in the lobby. All rooms are appointed with custom designed furnishings such as antique Persian rugs in vibrant colours, international artwork, marble writing desks, and European-style bathrooms complete with Terrazzo floored walk-in showers, and luxury amenities.
Guests have a pick of food and beverage options at Hotel Per La, with neighbourhood restaurant Per L’Ora serving Italian cuisine through a lens of Los Angeles culture, and Bar Clara, a rooftop bar that offers up poolside drinks serving Mediterranean-inspired fare with sweeping DTLA views. A remarkable hotel that represents something entirely different for Los Angeles’s busy hotel scene, Hotel Per La is a future icon with serious presence.