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).
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.
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.
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.
There's also a weekly cocktail party every Friday from 7-11pm. Sounds pretty swinging for an airport hotel. RM
Images: Grey Crawford, courtesy of Custom Hotel