The buzz that surrounds downtown Los Angeles isn’t going to stop anytime soon. In fact, it’s accelerating and even starts to rub off on adjacent neighbourhoods. The transformation is nothing short of miraculous, and has given this once neglected part of the city a well-deserved new lease on life. With the influx of new boutiques, restaurants and venues where to indulge in contemporary art, the offerings for lifestyle connoisseurs is on the up. Luckily, they now also have a fitting place where to lay down their head. Following the opening in New York City almost six years ago, The Nomad, an upscale hospitality concept of the Sydell Group, has now arrived on the U.S. West coast, and breathed life into one of the area’s many landmark buildings.
The hotel occupies Giannini Place, a 1920s neoclassical building and former office of the Bank of Italy, featuring doric columns along the façade. Once again, French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia was tapped to create matching settings, and he turned to Italy as a nod to the building’s Italian heritage. The guest rooms’ colour palette is drawn from the property’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling in the lobby, and each room is appointed with custom designed furnishings and original artwork from design studio Be-poles with many also featuring freestanding pedestal bathtubs. Topping the seven room categories – and fully compatible with the lifestyle of those who live large – is the lavish Rwb Suite.
At 1,250 sq.ft. it’s the largest pad in the house, and it comes with a king bedroom, large living room, library, dining room, pantry and guest water closet. Mind you, the master bathroom also includes a double vanity, walk-in shower with terrazzo floors and a freestanding pedestal bathtub. Oh, did we mention the sweeping views of the downtown skyline from here yet? Many of the building’s original architectural features have been retained and incorporated into the new design. The original vault that once housed 12,000 safety deposit boxes and a 50-ton door have been kept intact, alongside the coffered ceiling and square pilaster columns topped with Corinthian capitals located in the lobby and restaurant areas.
As for facilities, The Nomad Los Angeles pitches in with a string of buzzing spots across the premises that also contribute to the renewed appeal of the neighbourhood. The Lobby restaurant, a meeting place for guests and visitors alike, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. a more formal dining spot is Mezzanine, and which as its name already implies sits right above the lobby. It’s here, in a fittingly plush setting, where acclaimed supervising chef Daniel Humm pulls out his trump card. Other happening places include a Coffee Bar on the ground floor, the Giannini Bar for signature cocktails, and last but not least, The Rooftop. The latter features an outdoor café, cocktail bar, and lushly landscaped pool area, offering similarly stylish turf as the indoor premises.