The Kimpton Hotel group has finally launched its first five-star property. It’s location, in the expanding enclave of the West Hollywood Design District, sandwiched between Melrose and Santa Monica Boulevards, cleaves close to the brand’s MO for opening in buzzy quarters. 

Inside, designer Gulla Jónsdóttir has subtly created a European sensibility with a strong sense of place. As such, a white topography artwork of the LA landscape dominates the entrance of the hotel, while a poolside an installation by local graffiti artist Retna sits alongside Gaudi tiles from Barcelona. 

Upstairs, the penthouse is furnished with Jónsdóttir’s own pieces, while the rest of the guestrooms and suites are awash in muted grey and beige tones, white oak herringbone floors and a giant deep soak tub, where bubbles and champagne can be waiting after dinner at the hotel’s modern trattoria or even just after a night in with a room service picnic basket.