Sleek hotels and culinary delights revitalize Hollywood’s “vinyl district”
Not too long ago in Los Angeles, the only reason to leave Sunset Boulevard and join Wilcox Avenue was to look for parking before going to the Cat & Fiddle Pub. Not anymore. The neighborhood has been transformed with new boutique hotels and culinary hotspots anchored around the intersection of Wilcox and Selma Avenues. Rooftop bars with views of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills are now the place to be for a drink – meanwhile, the cat and violin moved a mile south.
Dubbing the area the “Vinyl District,” a nod to the area’s history of recording studios and record stores, the property developer Group concerned invested about $500 million in an area compact enough that one of the other views from rooftops and hotel rooms would be the rooftops and rooms of other hotels. If the party across the street looks fun, no reason you can’t check that out as well.
The Thompson Hollywoodlocated on Wilcox, opened in August 2021 with 190 rooms over 11 floors and was designed by the London-based company Tara Bernerd & Partners in a “West Coast modernism meets Hollywood glamour” style. The open space of the lobby and bar provides a comfortable space for lounging or having a drink, but the real action takes place on the roof. After walking down a Cypriot tree-lined driveway, guests of the French Riviera-inspired hotel Bar Lily savor cocktails and canapes from Chef Lincoln Carson indoors and out, and enjoy music ranging from jazz nights to dancing with contemporary DJ performances. Chef Carson also runs the hotel restaurant My friendsa Parisian brasserie where a Selection of East and West Coast Oysters can be enjoyed before your Steak and chips. To complement the Thompson Hollywood’s dining options, all designed and operated by Ten Five Hospitalityis The terracealso on the roof, serving food all day and catering to all your poolside needs.
A few months after the Thompson Hollywood opened, he was joined by the Tommy Hollywood at the corner of Selma Avenue. Designed by LA Collective studio In a mid-century modern style, inspired by the study of local houses of the 1950s and 1960s, the hotel has 212 rooms spread over nine floors. It is a sleek but slightly more relaxed younger brother to the Thompson. The best draw here is the amazing Tulum inspired KA’TEEN restaurant, where Chef Wes Avila serves up Yucatan delights — the expansive outdoor dining space is a far cry from the chef’s original Guerilla Tacos street cart. Standout appetizers include Kanpachi Crudo and Tuna Aguachile, as well as entrees of Lamb Shank Barbacoa and Carne Asada Ribeye – to be enjoyed with their agave cocktails like their Witchdoctor and Gypsy Fever. Ten Five Hospitality is also responsible for the rooftop restaurant and bar – the Desert 5 Spot is a Palm Springs-inspired lounge for drinks and live music next to the rooftop pool.
The “Vinyl District” does not rely solely on hotels to attract visitors. Located between the Thompson and the Tommie is one of LA’s hottest new restaurants, and reservations hard to score, mother wolf. Chef Evan Funke’s Palace of Roman Cuisine offers gourmet pizzas and handmade pastas. everything, but especially the Mezzi Maniche Al Cinghiale (wild boar stew) and the Mezzi Rigatoni Alla Carbonara. A wide selection of wines is available at the ‘quartino’ as well as a long list of Italian bottles. Chef Funke is also behind the food program of New citizens next door is a newly renovated 30,000 square foot event and performance space building.
While all of the places above can be enjoyed without leaving the block, those brave enough to cross two blocks and walk 400 feet can explore the Dream Hollywood hotel which opened its doors in 2017, a relatively prehistoric year. Designed by the Rockwell Groupthe 178-room hotel features works by a Los Angeles-based street artist Thierry Guetta in the lobby, as well as an NFT art exhibit by The crypt gallery. The 11,000 square feet. The rooftop space, The Highlight Room, includes dining, drinks, pool and grill. Two adjacent squares are TAO Asian Bistrowhich serves Japanese/Chinese/Thai dishes, and the third location of Beauty and Essex.
To enhance visitor comfort, two robot butlers, Alfred and Geoffrey, greet visitors in the lobby and deliver food, beverages and amenities to guest rooms. They will politely ask for your cooperation if you get in their way when entering and exiting the elevator. This led to an interesting experience on a recent stay when Alfred was trying to get into the car and Geoffrey was trying to get out – which led to an endless loop of them politely asking each other to get out of the way . Fortunately, non-robotic personnel were on hand to find a compromise between them.