Hotel Covell in Los Angeles
PHOTOS BY BETHANY NAUERT
There was a time, not so long ago, when visitors to New York wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere but Manhattan — that all changed, of course, as soon as Brooklyn became an international brand with Williamsburg as its capital, spawning hotels like the Wythe and the McCarren. Airbnb’s rise has also inspired adventurous travelers to fan out to all sorts of peripheral neighborhoods in big cities around the world. And so it’s inevitable that a place like Los Feliz, an epicenter of Los Angeles’s east-side hipster scene, recently joined the hospitality game, with the opening of the five-room Hotel Covell. Sitting above a popular wine bar of the same name, it pairs a few familiar boutique hotel tropes (thrift-store art, vintage record players) with amazing furnishings by some of our favorite local designers, including Eric Trine, Brendan Ravenhill, and Atelier de Troupe. Interior designer Sally Breer envisioned each room as a chapter from the life of a fictional bygone writer named George Covell — from his humble childhood in Oklahoma to his glamorous, high-society period — but you don’t need to know the narrative to appreciate the aesthetic. Take a tour via the images below.