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HO­TEL COVELL De­signer Sally Breer has nailed it at Ho­tel Covell with a large dose of imag­i­na­tion and great taste. The five-room bou­tique ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers a room for each chap­ter of fic­tional au­thor Ge­orge Covell’s life. Chap­ter 1 is Ge­orge as a young strug­gling writer try­ing to make his mark in Ok­la­homa, and pro­gresses to Chap­ter 5 where he’s a suc­cess­ful au­thor in New York City. I stayed in Chap­ter 4 which com­bines Ge­orge’s col­lec­tions from his New York days and pieces that he picked up while vis­it­ing his lover in Paris. This is not your run-of-the-mill ho­tel. Firstly there is no room ser­vice or concierge but in­stead, will­ing, friendly staff who as­sist your ev­ery need. Room sizes are gen­er­ous to say the least, with vin­tage fur­ni­ture, knock­out wall­pa­pers, up­hol­stery, green claw-footed bath­tubs, and record play­ers. When we ar­rived we can­celled all plans and just hung out, wish­ing we had more friends to in­vite over to our new pad! This is pure magic, fan­tasy and fab­u­lous de­sign. hotel­cov­

CHATEAU MARMONT Feel like a rock star and stay here. If you re­ally want to live it up choose a pool­side or gar­den bun­ga­low and book long lunches in the court­yard for star spot­ting. The in­te­ri­ors hark back to the days of B&W film and you feel as if you’re walk­ing into a glam­orous movie set. A lot of fun. chateau­mar­

THE ACE DOWN­TOWN The re­stored fa­cade of the 1927 United Artists build­ing fronts the cool in­te­ri­ors by one of my favourite de­sign firms, Com­mune. A lit­tle bit of some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether you are stay­ing here or not. There’s Stump­town cof­fee and an uber cool shop down­stairs or head straight to the rooftop, and sit un­der a cloth-cov­ered ceil­ing sip­ping cock­tails. ace­ho­­ge­les

LOM­BARDI HOUSE If you seek a stay that is more like home but has all the trap­pings of a ho­tel, Lom­bardi House, built in 1904, now boasts four guest apart­ments with kitchens. The for­mer man­sion has the re­laxed de­signs of Am­ber In­te­ri­ors and is sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful gar­dens. Steeped in old Hol­ly­wood his­tory, the whole house can be rented out. lom­bardi­

ONE FINE STAY If you fancy liv­ing like a lo­cal in a movie star house, look at rentals on one­fines­­ge­les

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