Downtown L.A. | November 10, 2023
Condé Nast Traveler’s Hotel of the Week
A true feast for the senses, this playful, design-driven property calls on the creative energy of DLTA’s past, present, and future with enough visual and cultural interest to make it a self-contained staycation, or a great home base for L.A. exploration.
Set the scene
The entrance is a grand one, with vibrant jewel-toned, hand-painted frescoes on the domed ceilings that nod to California’s affinity for Spanish and Moroccan design during the 1920s (when the property was initially constructed). In the lobby you’ll find well-heeled Downtowners waiting for their table at Caldo Verde, the first of two restaurants by chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne; or making their way up to Cara Cara, the 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar, for sundowners. Treats—both visual and otherwise—seem to be every which way you look.
Constructed in the 1920s, the South Park District property was initially a private fitness club whose members included the likes of Cecil B. DeMille. Now, the 148-room hotel showcases the vision of designer Kelly Wearstler, known for her knack for blending vintage and California modern, with nods to the property’s historic roots.
Each of the 148 rooms features cozy appointments like Fili D’oro linens, Aesop bath amenities, Parachute Home robes, and thoughtfully curated artwork and quirky design pops that are balanced by warm neutral tones. The real showstopper of the property is the 2,500-square-foot Proper Pool Suite, featuring a full-sized indoor swimming pool accented by a ceramic mural by local artist Ben Medansky.
Food and drink
With the dynamic duo of chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur/wine guru Carolyne Styne at the helm of all three of the culinary offerings, it’s safe to say you’re in for a treat. Be sure to catch sunset over a cocktail at the rooftop bar Cara Cara, then head downstairs to Caldo Verde for dinner, where plant parents will adore the greenery throughout the space just as much as the signature stew the restaurant is named after.
Just like the hotel itself, service is personal and relaxed—a laid-back kind of luxury.
Anything left to mention?
Plan to arrive at the upstairs bar Cara Cara well before sundown to ensure prime sunset views of DTLA, where the golden hour illuminates the iconic patina of the Eastern Lofts beautifully.
Finally, in 100 words or less, what makes this hotel worthy of Hot List?
Proper Hotels continues to expand into emerging urban neighborhoods across the country, crafting cultural hubs for locals and travelers alike. The DTLA property seamlessly melds old and new with a kaleidoscopic combination of creativity—from textiles, art, and furnishings, right down to the F&B. It’s a proper nod to the area’s vibrant past, present, and future.