Mon. Nov 28th, 2022

Housed in a former Italian bank that dates back to the 1920’s, Hotel Per La is bringing ‘la dolce vita’ to Downtown L.A.

New hotel’s are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, but for travelers lusting over a long-awaited trip to Italy, Hotel Per La is the perfect antidote.

Per La — which translates to “for the” in Italian — opened its Neoclassical doors this month and is serving up some serious la dolce vita on the corner of 7th Street and Olive in DTLA. While the properties origin story dates back to 1922 when it served as the former headquarters of The Bank of Italy in what was then known as the Giannini Building, today, Per La has been reimagined into a 241-key boutique whose Neoclassical touches including dramatic Doric columns, ornate golden and blue ceilings, and marble floors have been meticulously preserved.

“We conceived of Hotel Per La quite literally for the people of DTLA and their guests,” said Jeremy Selman, Operating Partner at HN Capital Partners. “We wanted to create a place that truly represented the cultural and creative richness of this part of town where our neighbors and travelers could feel both at home and also immersed in all that makes Downtown LA special, while still celebrating the unbelievable canvas that the building and its history afforded us.”

On the ground floor, Per L’Ora serves as the hotel’s convivial on-site restaurant offering Italian fare through “a lens of East Los Angeles culture and flavors.” Diners can expect to find dishes ranging from lobster tagliatelle, bucatini with Spam and Spanish mackerel with spicy tomato according to Eater Los Angeles.

The opening of Per L’Ora also coincides with a new coffee shop and market at Café Ora. Modeled after a famous Venice coffeehouse complete with a Murano-glass chandelier, the rotating selection of local roasters, breakfast pastries and homemade gelato and locally made CBD products, dog treats and ready-to-drink cocktails will also be on offer.

Crowning the hotel’s 11th floor, Bar Clara opened earlier this summer and is Per La’s casual rooftop space serving Mediterranean-inspired fare like saganaki and farmer’s market mezze along with an enviable spritz and Italian aperitivo-inspired cocktail menu that’s infused with the herbal and citrus surroundings found in the rooftop’s foliage.

When it comes to the hotels 241-guest rooms and suites, sumptuous details include a color palette that draws directly from the property’s restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling in the lobby along with custom designed furnishings from antique Persian rugs and artwork from Paris and New York-based design studio Saint Lazare, along with vintage art pieces from antique stores.

Other thoughtful details you can expect to find are marble writing desk with a settee, Tivoli Bluetooth radio clocks and European-style bathrooms complete with a Terrazzo floored walk-in shower and luxury bath amenities by Argan Perfume d’arganier.

For travelers who really want to soak it all in, request a room with a freestanding pedestal bathtub and you’ll be crooning “Mamma mia” in no time.

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