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By Stephanie Davis Smith | Photo: Photos courtesy of Dream Hotels | October 1, 2018
Celebrating its first anniversary, a design-driven hotel chockablock with creative inspiration and midcentury-modern influences brings John Lautner’s aesthetic back for a new generation.
Light streaming through grooved slats of wood to resemble a forest’s canopy, copious greenery tucked into overhangs, mossy AstroTurf tiles intermixed with smooth alabaster flooring—in true California living style, the Dream Hotel Hollywood has brought the outside right in to its lobby.
An open-air entryway feels almost like it belongs in a Hawaiian or Balinese luxury resort. It’s no wonder, as it was inspired by the oeuvre of architect John Lautner, who worked most of his life in Los Angeles and whose heyday was in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. The Frank Lloyd Wright understudy was known for slatted wood ceilings, unusual angles and large floor-to-ceiling windows that opened to the outdoors.
But all the serenity, whitewashed surrounds and natural light of the Dream Hotel is then juxtaposed with witty interior moments, such as Mr. Brainwash graffiti art, impossibly hip silhouettes of Miles Davis made out of broken record pieces and plush velvety couches strewn in fluffy mohair pillows.
Texture is incorporated everywhere and in surprising ways: geometric cement walls; a walnut check-in desk that resembles a cut gem; patches of rough-hewn tiles interspersed in the predominantly sleek, glossy flooring. Why? To shake things up, presumably. It keeps guests on their toes.
Furnishings are equally as intriguing. Puzzle-piecelike tables in the lobby can be pulled apart and reconfigured in different ways. They are echoed upstairs in the meeting spaces, along with chic brass chandeliers, as well as fetching black-and-white Rorschach wallpaper in one of the conference rooms. Unusual wallpaper seems to be signature for the hotel. For example, in the adjacent pizza bar, if you look closely enough, you’ll discover the chinoiserie-esque wallpaper has Biggie Smalls and images of a Brooklyn sign repeated throughout.
The GuestHouse (from $4,500 per night) is a one-of-a-kind suite and is the only space in the 178-room hotel that was designed by Kevin Young. The cobalt oversize tub is worthy of a king—or, out here, a Hollywood mogul—and sits on a platform behind walls of glass that envelop the bathroom. The mammoth living room, which holds a large half-moon sectional couch by Timothy Oulton, opens onto a private terrace. The custom lighting was done by Laura Lee Designs, and Urban Colony imagined the dining room and lounge chairs. This 1,750-square-foot guest room has never-ending views of all of L.A., many of which you can see from a perch atop the platform bed designed by Young. The perfect place to enjoy all your... well, Hollywood dreams. Suites from $300 per night