Los Angeles, United States

Silver Lake Pool and Inn

Price per night from$195.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Motel makeover

Setting

Eastside story

Join LA’s cool kids on the energetic Eastside at Silver Lake Pool & Inn, the latest venture from Palisociety. The sunset-hued interiors are a SoCal swirl of grunge and glamour, hipster and Hollywood, perfectly mirroring the contradictions of its namesake neighbourhood. With a spate of spiky succulents, a tiled wall in a terracotta hue and pinch-me views of the Hollywood sign, the picturesque pool terrace is ready for its close-up. By day, do your best impression of a laid-back local as you roam the trend-setting restaurants, wallet-busting boutiques and secret city staircases around Sunset Junction – then scamper back for aperitivo hour at Marco Polo and toast to your subterfuge over spritzes on the sun-soaked terrace.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

54, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £173.74 ($223), including tax at 14.2 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t generally include breakfast. Choose from eggs made to order, granola, fresh fruit or pastries (dishes start from about US$7) at Marco Polo.

Also

There’s no gym on-site but just ask the front desk if you’re looking for a bootcamp session, hot-yoga class or personal trainer – the hotel has partnerships (and discounts) at lots of boutique fitness studios.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, valet parking. In rooms: TV, tablet with a neighbourhood guide, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioning and a minibar stocked with locally made treats.

Our favourite rooms

You’ll get a hit of Vitamin D no matter what room you choose – each one feels sun-drenched thanks to the warm tones, organic textures and indoor plants. For the best views, opt for a room on the second or third floor; groups of friends should choose the sprawling Room 321 (a Double Queen).

Poolside

Maybe we’re coming over all Hollywood, but we just know the pool is going to be a big star. This kid’s got it all: cool cacti, a terracotta-tiled wall just begging to be photographed and pinch-me views of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory – it’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially LA scene. White sunloungers line one side if you’re working on your tan, but there’s plenty of shade courtesy of pretty fringed umbrellas if you prefer to keep it pale and interesting.

Packing tips

Your coolest band tee and sustainably made sneakers.

Also

All public areas and some bedrooms are adapted for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged friends under 30lbs can sleep in style, for a charge of US$125 a booking. Food, bowls, toys and even a pet-friendly guide to the ’hood are all available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.

Children

All ages are technically welcome, but it’s definitely a grown-up get-up better suited to older children and teenagers.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Whether you’re propping up the horseshoe-shaped bar or enjoying aperitivo hour alfresco, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Dress Code

Suddenly feel like you need a new look? Silver Lake can have that effect. Pick up something neo-boho from the Mohawk General Store to fit right in.

Hotel restaurant

Marco? Polo! The menu at the hotel’s welcoming trattoria was crafted by star chef Casey Lane (of the Tasting Kitchen in Venice) and features coastal-Italian-inspired dishes made with seasonal Californian bounty. Seating spills out from the marble-clad bar onto the pool deck under jauntily striped umbrellas at this all-day neighbourhood hang-out. Crowd-pleasing dishes include ricotta pancakes and frittatas for brunch, antipasti boards and linguine vongole for lunch and bavette steak or whole roasted branzino for dinner.

Hotel bar

Pull up one of the mid-century-modern stools at Marco Polo’s bar for a Campari-infused cocktail, a spritz or a glass of Italian wine. Try a Garibaldi (that’s Campari and orange juice), a Spumoni (gin, grapefruit and tonic with pink peppercorn) or a Bueno Sera (rye whiskey, sherry and angostura bitters).

Last orders

The restaurant is open from 7am to 10pm on Sundays and Mondays, until 11pm Tuesday to Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour is from 4pm to 6pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available as room service during opening hours.

Location

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Address
Silver Lake Pool and Inn
4141 Santa Monica Boulevard
Silver Lake
90026
United States

The hotel is on a quiet corner just south of Sunset Junction (that’s the intersection between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard), in Silver Lake, LA’s achingly hip Eastside enclave.

Planes

You’ll likely land at LAX, the bustling aviation hub that’s served by direct flights from just about anywhere. It’s an hour or so’s drive, depending on traffic; the hotel can organise private transfers for US$100 each way.

Trains

Downtown’s elegant Union Station is a short cab ride away; from here you can jump on subway trains or take the Amtrak service further afield.

Automobiles

You’ll need wheels to get around town, but they don’t have to be your own; if you’re not a fan of driving in extreme traffic, it’s probably easier to grab cabs. Plus, Silver Lake’s a very walkable neighbourhood with plenty of shopping, eating and drinking in reach. If you do rent a car, there’s valet parking at the hotel for US$42 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start mornings slowly with coffee and granola at Marco Polo and leisurely laps in that sigh-worthy swimming pool. Then, it’s time to get out and explore – though it’s rapidly gentrifying, Silver Lake still wears its layer of grunge with fierce pride and you’ll feel a palpable energy of creativity and innovation in the air. Leave plenty of time to get lost; unusually for LA, you don’t need a car to wander this walkable ’hood, so you can explore the secret staircases, boutiques, restaurants and street art to your heart’s content.

On Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, head to Sunset Triangle Plaza to scope out typical farmers’ market goods (produce, prepared foods and blooms) as well as Silver Lake-specific touches, like records, dried sage, second-hand books and crystals. Much-loved Mohawk General Store is a multi-brand haven of curation that stocks local design luminaries alongside international labels such as Lemaire, Dries Van Noten and Jacquemus, to name just a few; Francophiles should continue to Clare Vivier to shop her handbags, accessories and apparel designed with a French-girl twist.

Further afield, LA landmark the Griffith Observatory is steeped in almost as much Hollywood lore as the sign a little further along the hillside – it’s had a starring role alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and forms the backdrop to La La Land's most romantic dance sequence. Fans of silver-screen classics should go for the history, would-be astronauts to look through the telescope, and everyone else for the sweeping views across the Los Angeles Basin, allowing you to see all the way to the beaches of Santa Monica and San Pedro Bay.

Continue downtown to the Broad, home to nearly 2,000 works of art and among the most prominent museums for postwar and contemporary art worldwide, with some of the most buzzed-about rotating exhibitions in the city.

Local restaurants

We hope you brought your appetite: the hotel is smack bang in the epicentre of LA’s food scene and almost all the hyped openings in the city now happen on the Eastside. Like Sqirl, for instance – any day of the week, there’s a queue at this petite café for salads, grain bowls, sweet and savoury porridges and the brioche topped with house-made ricotta. Take home some of the jam, which comes in flavours like raspberry and cardamom.

To go home with that LA glow, make a beeline to Botanica, a health-conscious eatery with Middle Eastern influences and organic wines. You’ll be glowing for another reason at Night & Market Song, a Thai street-food restaurant that goes heavy on the spices – the menu is as bold and bright as the neon-hued decor.

For more romance quotient, L & E Oyster Bar is a cosy spot with an emphasis on oysters (they’re shipped in daily), plus an assortment of small plates, chowder and fresh fish.

Local bars

At Bar Calo in Echo Park, you’ll find mezcal cocktails, Mexican wines and moreish sharing plates in a lively, low-lit setting.

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 modish motel in Silver Lake and unpacked their cotton smocks from Mohawk General Store and rhubarb jam from Sqirl, a full account of their Eastside explorations will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Silver Lake Pool & Inn in Los Angeles…

For the Palisociety collection’s first foray into LA’s Eastside, it chose hipster haven Silver Lake, aka the Williamsburg of the West Coast. Electric Bowery, an all-female architecture and design collective based in Venice Beach, was tapped to turn the former Eighties motel building into a laid-back neighbourhood gathering spot. Rising to the challenge, they dressed the interiors in retro style, with references ranging from Mexico to Morocco, and a dash of old-school glamour to match the classic views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory. Each lush outdoor social space leads to the next via tiled, art deco steps, a nod to the many public staircases that are a beloved feature of the neighbourhood. Good vibrations continue on the raised pool deck – bring your biggest sunglasses for this is primo people watching – and in the coastal-Italian trattoria, Marco Polo.

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