• The Mayfair Hotel in DTLA is Both Timeless and Absolutely of the Moment

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

Downtown Los Angeles has gone through a renaissance these past few years with a staggering number of hotels and restaurants opening or reinventing themselves. Among the most vibrant of these properties is The Mayfair Hotel, which brings a history, authenticity and creative energy that feels distinctly DTLA. The Mayfair was first established in 1926 and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it opened. Now, after a top-to-bottom redesign, it has reemerged with its Roaring Twenties vintage design—brass fixtures, vintage flooring and ceilings, fluted charcoal-colored column pillars—polished and restored, while new design elements have been added, including dramatic black cage chandeliers in the soaring lobby.

The 15-story, 294-room hotel has been designed to serve, according to press materials, “as a beacon of social gatherings for Angelenos.” Its multiple venues, including the grand lobby, mezzanine atrium, Eve American Bistro, M Bar, Library Bar, art gallery, ballroom and meetings and events spaces, are rich with warmth and a sense of place. Regular events and activations will include monthly art exhibits, live concerts, fashion shows, trio jazz nights and immersive DJ sets for local and globally celebrated artists. Groups convening here can take advantage of a custom-built Podcast Studio inside the Library and the Writing Room, with a large communal table, that’s adjacent to the bar.

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, in the Culver City neighborhood is opening its doors.

This marks the Los Angeles debut of the Destination by Hyatt brand, a diverse collection of independent hotels and resorts, with each property embodying the spirit of its location. For the 148-room Shay that means pop-up shops in the lobby, a lobby fire pit, rooftop socials on a pool deck that offers views of downtown.

 

After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!