A boutique hotel for Downtown LA
It's the self-proclaimed 'first urban boutique establishment in Downtown LA'. The O Hotel (aka the Orchid) is in the Financial District, a little off the beaten track and a departure from the big hotel chains. A converted Twenties building, it has a striking steel-and-glass facade, reminiscent of Japanese screens.
The lobby and bar/restaurant have been getting rave reviews for their classic yet contemporary vibe. The design is very linear, but warm, with orange walls, burnished autumnal flagstone floors and exposed brick.
There's tapas in the restaurant, as well as a DJ, making this a fairly lively destination, even for non-guests. It's been described as a little like the Standard Downtown (too big to be considered a boutique hotel?), without the deliberate quirkiness.
Given the scale of the original building, its 67 rooms are small, but they have flat-screen plasma TVs, Internet access, and iPod docks. Bathrooms have glass walls and the unusual choice of hand-held showers.
There's even a small gym and, for serious Muscle Marys, free access to Gold's Gym nearby.
If you're going to the Staples Center, the LA Convention Center or even the Fashion District, this a hip, affordable alternative to the mainstream options. But remember, it's Downtown, so it can be a little noisy and rooms are cosier than the Sheraton. One to watch. RM