Jazz Age hotel in Westlake gets a posh makeover

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Westlake’s Mayfair Hotel is readying for its August 17 opening, and we’re getting a sneak peek at the plush lobby, bars, and common areas.

In those spaces, grey velvet sofas, light marble accents, and striking charcoal columns give a stately but fun vibe, while rows of skylights in soaring ceilings keep the rooms from looking to dark or stuffy.

The Beaux Arts-style building dates to the Jazz Age. It opened in 1926 and hosted the first Academy Awards after-party three years later. It had not been updated since the early 1980s.

Hotel owners ICO Development and architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir, who also designed West Hollywood’s La Peer Hotel, led the Mayfair’s multi-million-dollar, “top-to-bottom” renovations.

It’s the latest in a string of stylish boutique hotels to open in old buildings, including the Freehand and NoMad in nearby Downtown Los Angeles. Soon, the Hoxton will open its doors just down the street from Ace Hotel on Broadway.

The Mayfair will bring new food and drink options to the Westlake neighborhood. It also holds a ballroom with exposed brick walls (the location of the 1929 Academy Awards after-party), a podcast studio, and a functioning art gallery, with curated local art that guests and visitors can purchase.

An outdoor swimming pool, located on the third floor of the building, and the hotel’s gym are the only parts of the hotel still under construction—and they’re set to open later this year.

Guest rooms include one- and two-bedroom accommodations, as well as suites, penthouses, and “loft” bedrooms, which have queen-size Murphy beds. Nightly rates for standard rooms will run between $185 and $279.

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