A neighborhood landmark gets a face lift and brings historic lodgings to Koreatown.
This beautifully restored property is a welcome addition in an area sorely in need of upscale hotels. Known both as Koreatown and the Mid-Wilshire District, this neighborhood is up-and-coming and a great location for visitors to L.A. Built in the 1920s with a Renaissance Revial exterior and Spanish-style interiors --- otherwise, pure eclectic Los Angeles --- the hotel dates back to the 1920s. Just one of the many “if these walls could talk” tidbits is that English author Malcolm Lowry completed his legendary “Under the Volcano” here in the 1930s. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the hotel features a wealth of beautiful details, including the beamed ceiling and terrazzo tiles in the lobby, hardwood floors in the guest rooms and reopened skylights. There are just 94 guest rooms and suites, equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffee makers. House restaurant, Cassell's Hamburgers, enjoys a heritage that dates back to 1948 and offers casual dining and a bar. Guests receive a one-day Metro pass upon check-in, and there is a convenient Metro stop a few blocks away on Wilshire Boulevard, the city’s original main corridor that stretched all way east to downtown and west to the beach. In the area you will find the Wiltern Theater, the famous Brass Monkey karaoke bar, terrific Korean barbecue and down-home Mexican and Salvadorean dining. But keep in mind that this is not the safest neighborhood to wander around in at night.
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