The Conrad Los Angeles is now open, with a few surprises for design buffs

A new hotel in downtown Los Angeles is a design enthusiast’s dream, offering not only the lodge’s seat on the wondrous form of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, but also the opportunity to install in Gehry’s vision.

The Conrad Los Angeles was designed by Canadian-American Gehry, arguably the world’s most famous living architect, with classic mid-century interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, a firm behind the look of many of the best hotels on the planet.

And if that’s not design-focused enough, the Conrad is part of The Grand LA, a new neighborhood anchored by the Walt Disney Concert Hall. But the shape of the 305-room hotel also contributes to a surprisingly bold cityscape.

Design highlights begin in the lobby, with a bar crafted from 11,000-year-old polished and glazed molten lava used throughout, Ceppo di Gre stone from the quarries of Lake Iseo in Lombardy. Works by emerging and prominent local artists adorn the walls.

Foodies will also have fun. Overseeing the Conrad Los Angeles’ culinary offerings is celebrity Spanish chef Jose Andres, credited with bringing the concept of small plates to the United States. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization that provides meals in disaster areas. The airy indoor-outdoor San Laurel Restaurant on the 10th floor offers the best public view of the Disney Concert Hall and showcases the flavors of Andres.

Four other dining spots offer sharing plates and killer cocktails.

And in a city where a person’s public persona is often their own work of art, there’s a glamorous spa offering the latest in beauty technology and an almost obligatory 1,500 square meter pool deck on which to see and be seen. .


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