Proper Hotel — Santa Monica, USA
Hot on the tail of its inaugural opening in San Francisco last year, Proper Hotels and Residences has launched its sophomore property, this time in Santa Monica, on the city’s sun-soaked Wilshire Boulevard, just a stone’s throw from the beach.
The group has once again reenlisted So-Cal interiors queen, Kelly Wearstler, who imparted her characteristic blend of casual luxury and soulful design to the 271 guestrooms and public spaces- a project made all the more compelling thanks to the hotel’s Spanish Colonial Revival frame by architect Arthur E. Harvey.
And so, Wearstler’s trademark fusion of earthy materials - such as wood, stone, and marble - organic textiles, and local art, comes together for a fully sensory experience and a refreshingly localised aesthetic. The atmosphere up on the sixth-floor rooftop deck and pool shifts gears for an electric mood spurred by Calabra, a restaurant and bar, while on the ground floor Onda, an exclusive collaboration between chefs Jessica Koslow and Gabriela Camara, offers Mexican and California flavours.
Amenities are rounded off with an expansive wellness programme - led by a 3,000-square-foot Surya Spa conceived in collaboration with Ayurvedic guru Martha Soffer - that encourages guests to explore massage, yoga, meditation and Panchakarma programs in true Cali style. §