Opening Shot: Hollywood's New Bed and Beverage

A former seedy bikini bar is reimagined as an 11-room stay and recording studio, inspired by New York’s famed artist-and-musician hangout the Chelsea Hotel.

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Location: Los Angeles

Designer: Wick Architecture and Design and Tiffany Howell

On offer: Designed by Wick Architecture and Design and Tiffany Howell of local furniture/art gallery Night Palm Studio, the 11 idiosyncratic rooms are appointed with original artwork by musician Andrew Savage—of the band Parquet Courts—Parachute linens, handmade ceramic mugs, customized bar carts with kits by the bicoastal sex shop Pleasure Chest, and personalized vinyl LPs left for guests on their pillows—the hotels take on the turndown-service mint.  

Standout features: Below the rooms, the moody bar is adorned in brass finishings, tufted leather seats, deco pendant lighting, and a gold velvet stage curtain. Cocktail practitioners Sunset Boulevardier conceived the beverage program; popular music blog Aquarium Drunkard books the wide-ranging musical talent. A partnership with Kingsize Soundlabs, the onsite recording complex contains nine writing, tracking, and mixing studios, and a multiuse soundstage for live performances.

(Photos: courtesy Gold Digger)

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