LA’s Historic Mayfair Hotel Unveils Renovation

(The Mayfair Hotel, Los Angeles) The Mayfair Hotel, Los Angeles // Photo by Tanveer Badal

Established in 1926 in downtown Los Angeles, the Mayfair Hotel recently unveiled a top-to-toe renovation, repositioning the historic property as an art-centric, lifestyle boutique hotel—a “living room” for locals and guests alike. The hotel is striving to be a new social hub in the Westlake neighborhood with a dedicated art and culture program, showcasing a custom-built podcast studio, a communal Writing Room, and an art gallery with a multimillion-dollar collection of art and photography. 

There’s also a buzzworthy restaurant. The Eve American Bistro is overseen by executive chef Scott Commings, winner of Season 12 of Hell’s Kitchen. The eatery was named for Eve Cressy, the main character of Raymond Chandler’s short story “I’ll Be Waiting,” which he wrote while living at the Mayfair Hotel in the 1930s. If these walls could talk… (Fun Fact: The Mayfair is also where the first Academy Awards after party was held.)

The makeover was orchestrated by Los Angeles-based Icelandic architect and interior designer Gulla Jónsdóttir and artist-in-residence Kelly “Risk” Graval. There are 294 guestrooms across 15 stories, and facilities include a swimming pool, a Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea-managed café, The Library Bar with a fireplace and billiards table, the 1920s-inspired M Bar and a sky-lit atrium with a 15-foot olive tree. 

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Now managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the Mayfair Hotel has also recently announced the appointment of Peter Kolla as general manager. He has previously served as general manager at a number of Crescent Hotels & Resorts-managed properties.

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