Downtown Los Angeles is not normally looked upon as a destination for travel savvy vacationers, that is unless they work in finance or fashion. Yet, it’s for this very reason we decided to take a “mini holiday” downtown for New Year’s 2011! After performing a bit of online research, we settled on a chic little property called O. The hotel is located within walking distance to all that Pershing Square, Staples Center, and even Japan Town have on offer (i.e. a surprising bevy of bars, nightclubs eateries and shopping). Luckily, the rates for the O were pretty darn dandy as well, and thus, we booked our room and cajoled a few local friends to follow suit!
The O Hotel was originally built in the 1920’s, but in 2007 received a rather grand transformation that assured its place in history as the first independently owned boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles! Based on the electric vibe of the lobby-adjacent lounge, we bet there’ll be more to follow. Speaking of the bar... Despite its lame-ass moniker, “BAR/ RESTAURANT,” the spot welcomes with both a cozy double-sided fireplace as well as a well-appointed bar that proffers $7 cocktails and $3 beers during its 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Happy Hour.
Elsewhere, O Hotel offers sleek accommodations with comfy bed linens, modernized bathrooms and Pop Art design touches. While our room was not what we’d call huge, it certainly was more spacious than most you’ll find in New York boutique outfits of the same caliber! Ultimately, with a well-stocked mini-bar, and an overall party atmosphere, we felt this was a great place to plan our New Year’s extravaganza! The staff was also quite friendly and expedient, and when we asked for additional pillows and a late check out, they were more than happy to help us out.
O Hotel - 819 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 614-8010
We also recommend:
The Orlando - 8384 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 658-6600, http://www.theorlando.com/
The Magic Castle - 7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028, (323) 851-0800, http://magiccastlehotel.com/