Hotel Per La Los Angeles officially opens its doors. Located in the historic Giannini building, which was the original the Bank of Italy built in 1922, the property is introducing a hotel experience inspired by the building’s founders’ principles of inclusivity. It has been re-imagined to introduce playful and approachable public spaces reflective of the city’s diversity of cultures (featuring a light color palette with pops of color, lots of organic, amorphic furnishings & fixtures, modern artwork, etc.) and multiple new dining concepts, from Per L’Ora, a breathtaking new ground-floor Italian restaurant to Café Ora, a daytime cafe featuring local purveyors, all intended to encourage community socializing and create a relaxed, open-flowing environment in the heart of downtown.
Located at 649 South Olive Street in Downtown LA, Hotel Per La Los Angeles features 241 rooms and suites as well as grand public spaces, including 10,000 square feet of event space, a ground floor restaurant & bar, a daytime café, and a rooftop bar boasting dramatic views of the LA skyline.
Per L’Ora serves Italian cuisine and offers an inviting space with early-aughts inspired design elements. There is reupholstered furniture in shades of cream and white, and a number of dramatic accent pieces: tables are covered by light marble; wallpaper with abstract shapes has given new energy to the space’s bookcases layered with California-inspired and sourced terracotta and pottery; and dramatic light fixtures with curved lines create a warm glow in the evening. The bar of the restaurant features a custom-made marble top in shades of green, grey, and white, and globe-shaped light fixtures, while custom white plasterwork on the front of the bar offers a new sense of texture.
A new coffee shop and market Café Ora is modeled after a famous Venice coffeehouse, complete with a Gio Ponti Italian Murano Chandelier and a hand-painted ceiling by New York-based Dean Barger. Café Ora features a rotating selection of local roasters, breakfast pastries, and homemade gelato, along with retail products including a selection of locally made goods, like CBD products and dog treats, in addition to an approachable wine shelf and ready-to-drink cocktails.
The hotel is also home to Bar Clara, a casual rooftop bar. Paying tribute to its namesake Claire Giannini, the first woman to serve on the bank’s board who broke barriers in social class and gender, the rooftop celebrates both the building’s history and Downtown Los Angeles today.
The hotel also features a variety of indoor and outdoor public spaces for hosting events from 12 to 850 people, from a lush courtyard on the second floor to various intimate and larger settings throughout the ground floor, mezzanine, and rooftop.
Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of Per La’s 241 rooms and suites is appointed with custom-designed furniture such as antique Persian rugs in saturated, vibrant colors, and artwork from Paris / New York-based design studio Saint Lazare, sourcing vintage art pieces from antique stores throughout the globe, combined with various collections from Portraits de Villes, as well as original photographs and illustrations from commissioned artists. The rooms also include a marble writing desk with settee, Tivoli Bluetooth radio clocks, and large flat-screen televisions, while the European-style bathrooms are complete with Terrazzo floored walk-in showers with luxury bath amenities from Argan Perfume d’arganier, with many rooms also featuring freestanding pedestal bathtubs.
Starting rates from $325.
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