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Farm chic

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A hotel decorated in sheep? And you thought you'd seen it all… Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your perspective), the sheep – though cute – aren't real. They're just ornamental, and greet you coquettishly as you walk into the Custom Hotel, near Los Angeles Airport. They have also, we're told, had a tendency to wander round the building (with a little help from, er, sheepish guests).

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The funky yet (relatively) modestly-priced hotel could be LAX's answer to the Farmer's Daughter Hotel (on Fairfax) which underwent a simlarly cool renovation a few years back. I'm not sure if farm chic is the way we're headed, but it would be a great new trend in a city that has more than its fair share of concrete.

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Formerly the Furama, the Custom Hotel has 250 accommodations, some of which are 'Layover Rooms' for in-between-flight naps. These feature S-curve couches and ottomans, bathrooms, mini-bars and room service. There's also an outdoor pool, with sun deck, bar and grill, cabanas, fire pit and DJ lounge.

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In addition to the sheep, the hotel boasts other quirks like a vending machine room, themed central rooms, and vintage game machines. And every Sunday from 1pm – 9pm, there's a pool party. 'Sundaze' pays homage to the ecelctic LA music scene, with a combo of European, Latin American, and African beats.

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There's also a weekly cocktail party every Friday from 7-11pm. Sounds pretty swinging for an airport hotel. RM

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Images: Grey Crawford, courtesy of Custom Hotel

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