Los Angeles, United States

Alsace LA

Price per night from$182.40

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Style

Curvilinear crashpad

Setting

Wild West Adams

LA stay Alsace is a relatively unassuming newbie among the Craftsman bungalows, Beaux-Arts mansions and Queen Anne confections of historic West Adams. But step inside and you’ll discover Bauhaus-inspired interiors that nod to the area’s burgeoning art and music scene and more than hold their own alongside the architectural drama of their celebrated near-neighbors. Desert landscaping – all terracotta-tiled floors, potted cacti and mosaic murals – bring a sunny SoCal vibe to public spaces, of which the cute central courtyard, beneath its perfect rectangle of azure California sky, is king. Grab a (free) morning coffee and donut and retreat to one of this mini-oasis’s designer bubble chairs before confirming that the pool is no mere mirage.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

48 rooms with king-size beds.

Check–Out

Noon. Check-in is 3pm. Both are flexible when availability allows.

Prices

Double rooms from £167.58 ($208), including tax at 14.195 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $17.12 per room per night on check-out.

More details

There’s no breakfast available, but free tea, drip coffee, donuts and muffins are available in the lobby between 7am and 10am daily.

Also

There are accessible rooms with bath tubs or roll-in showers in the Superior King and Deluxe King Studio categories. Every room in the hotel is accessible by elevator and all amenities, including the pool and courtyard, can also be easily accessed.

At the hotel

Free WiFi and rental bikes. In rooms: Nespresso coffee machine, smart TV with Chromecast, minibar, bathroom with mosaic-tiled walk-in shower, and organic Five Wits toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms come with modern, minimal decor and features that include white oak floors, rattan furnishings, gleaming brass and copper fittings and ocean blue mosaic-tiled showers. Up the ante with a Patio Room, which gives you around 400 square-feet of space. Enough, that is, to fit a custom-designed dining table, bespoke pull-out couch and, as the name suggests, a furnished balcony or terrace for soaking up some of that legendary California sunshine.

Poolside

There’s a heated outdoor pool that’s open from sunrise to sunset. Loungers and tall palms help set the SoCal scene.

Packing tips

Want to get under the skin of West Adams? Grab a copy of Kurtz, Cooper and Lynch’s in-depth history of the area, covering its early 20th-century heyday as a high-end hideaway for moviemakers, merchants and debutantes right through to its 21st-century reinvention as one of the country’s most racially and culturally diverse neighborhoods. Bone up in the courtyard then step outside in Ray-Ban aviators to experience it for yourself.

Also

Going to the gym is practically a religion in LA, so no surprise that Alsace has its own 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness studio, complete with treadmill, exercise bike, kettle-bells, free weights, bench and yoga mats.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome for an additional $100 fee a stay. Dog treats and water bowls keep Fido refreshed and there are a few dog beds available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.

Children

West Adams is a grown-up kind of neighborhood, but easy access to LA’s many kid-friendly attractions and the ability to add rollaways and cribs in rooms mean you don’t necessarily have to leave your little Smiths at home.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Kick back with a morning coffee and a good book in the courtyard bubble chairs.

Dress Code

Angelenos are all about dressy casual, but West Adams errs more towards straightforward casual. Chuck a blazer over that plain tee and add strappy sandals and a bold lip to summer dresses if you’re hitting the cocktail bars downtown.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant in Alsace, but you’ll find plenty of diverse eateries nearby, including taquerias, pizza joints and noodle bars. Hit up staff for the latest recommendations.

Hotel bar

None, but the staff’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the local nightlife scene has you covered. Or pick up a few cold beers to enjoy in the Alsace courtyard at the Royal Liquor Market, a few minutes’ walk along Adams.

Location

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Address
Alsace LA
5170 W Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles
90016
United States

Surrounded with hip boutiques, independent galleries and trendy taquerias, Alsace is one of West Adams Boulevard’s smartest addresses, a sparkling diamond in the rough just 15 minutes from downtown LA.

Planes

The hotel’s around a 20-minute drive from LAX, traffic permitting.

Trains

Union Station is 25 minutes away by car in downtown LA, an impressive edifice in art deco and Mission styles that connects the city to major hubs including Chicago, Seattle, San Diego and New Orleans. Frankly, it’s worth a visit for the fine architecture alone.

Automobiles

Navigating your way to and from the hotel in West Adams is best done by cab or private car. If you opt for the latter, there are plenty of rental companies at the airport and secure valet parking under the hotel for $30 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’ve come to LA for its glamour, glitz and big ticket attractions (of course you have…) the good news is that many are within an easy 15-minute drive of West Adams.

Join the crowds on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and pay public homage to the great and good of the silver screen, from Garbo to Gable, Monroe to the Muppets, and Donald Duck to, um, Donald Trump. Or head downtown to catch the stars of tomorrow in performance inside the Frank Gehry-designed alien spaceship that is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and at the nearby Ahmanson Theatre, where touring Broadway musicals are the order of the day.

If the only reason you really came to LA is to slip into a red swimming costume and prance like a slo-mo gazelle across the pristine white sands of Santa Monica Beach, you’ll also find this beloved Baywatch setting 15 minutes from the Alsace. Likewise Venice Beach, with its vibrant street art and even more colourful locals. Find a buzzy brunch spot and while away an hour or two ogling the street performers, roller-skaters, and heavily inked body-builders as they go about their daily business on the boardwalk.

There are plenty of treasures to be discovered in West Adams too, if you know where to look. Staff can point you in the direction of some of the neighborhood’s most interesting buildings, a historic hotchpotch of Victorian architecture from baroque Queen Anne mansions to carefully restored Craftsman bungalows. Shoppers will be in clover here too. Incurable crate-diggers should hit up the legendary High-Fidelity record store, where you might just pick up that elusive Ray Charles LP you’ve been seeking for decades (Ray used to live round these parts, you know). Just Tantau has you covered for unique bespoke jewellery pieces, and you can chinstroke to your heart’s content in edgy contemporary exhibitions at the nearby Band of Vices and Landing art galleries.

Local restaurants

West Adams is home to an eclectic range of eateries and, among them, Mizlala is one of the best (and closest) to Alsace. Make the five-minute pilgrimage along Adams and you’ll be rewarded with a leafy Mediterranean-style garden patio. Carelessly scattered cast-iron chairs and long, chunky wooden tables make this a great spot for socialising. Likewise the menu, all Middle Eastern mezze dishes like falafel, shawarma, sumac fries and pickles. Wash it all down with a tahini shake or hazy IPA.

A hop and a skip from Mizlala, Alta is your go-to for West Africa-influenced SoCal soul food. This casual southern-style diner opens onto a huge patio that’s great for cocktail apéritifs with friends. Sample a (literally) sparkling Purple Reign (or two) with gin, lime and edible glitter, before tucking into comforting classics like jerk-grilled plantain tacos with mango–habanero sauce, crunchy fried chicken and traditional shrimp and grits.

Local cafés

It’s LA baby, so you’re never more than about six feet from a Starbucks. But if you’re in the market for something a little more… interesting, do as the locals do and join the queue for morning pastries at Tartine, a solid breakfast option that’s just a couple of minutes from the hotel. The freshly baked croissants, Danish pastries, muffins and poppyseed cakes tend to sell out quickly but fear not, a double espresso or cold brew will soon perk up early-risers.

For more substantial morning fare, nearby Vees does a fine line in the kind of belly-busting breakfasts that mean you won’t need to eat another bite before dinner. We’re talking three-egg omelettes laden with bacon, mushrooms and cheese; monster breakfast burritos; and great stacks of French toast piled high with strawberries, banana, bacon and eggs, and rivers of maple syrup and whipped cream.

Local bars

About a mile east along Adams, the Living Room is a small but perfectly formed speakeasy that feels like it might have been here forever. Once you’ve been granted access (ring the doorbell and wait), elbow your way to the bar for a no-nonsense negroni and drop a dollar in the jukebox to keep the blues classics spinning. Friday is karaoke night so if you’ve always dreamt of belting out a 1980s Cher classic in front of an unsuspecting public, here’s your chance.

Over the other side of Washington Boulevard lies Mandrake, where low wood ceilings, bare concrete floors and a neon sign bearing the legend ‘Unhappy Hour’ draws a mixed crowd of LA creatives, businesspeople, artists, hipsters and hangers-on. Oh, and there’s a resident ghost, too. Cocktails here include You’re Killing Me Smalls, a coronary-inducing medley of rye whiskey, milk stout and marshmallows, and the Habanera, a rather more zesty grapefruit and lime concoction that’s shot through with a heavy dose of mezcal.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hip hotel in West Adams and unpacked their stash of vintage vinyl and artisan jewellery from the neighborhood boutiques, a full account of their La La Land layover will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Alsace in LA…

Alsace’s workaday façade belies a far more interesting interior, a world of swoonsome Bauhaus-inspired angles, vintage and bespoke furniture by Brooklyn-based designers Home Studios, and walls adorned with eye-catching pieces by local artists. The lobby sets the scene with its mid-century-style oak desk and stools, amber glass pendants and the abstract imagery of LA artist Lukas Geronimas Giniotis’s tiled wall mural. In the adjacent lounge, guests browse coffee table books on chic mohair sofas flanked by potted palms and textile artworks. Tiles featuring swimmers lead the way to a sunny pool terrace, while playful silhouettes mark the entrance to the fitness studio. It’s an aesthetic that’s very West Adams, the district’s vibrant art scene, and historic turn-of-the-century architecture is writ large everywhere from those eye-candy public spaces to the modern minimalism of the rooms. Not, in other words, a book that can easily be judged by its cover.

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Price per night from $182.40