The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles
What We Love
- Its landmark Giannini Building location
- Downtown skyline views from the rooftop pool
- In-room artwork sourced from Italian antiques stores
- The Venice-inspired coffee/aperitivo bar
What To Know
- The hotel is home to the first non-NYC outpost of a restaurant by Eleven Madison Park duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
- Corner Suites are especially roomy, with sitting areas and extra windows
- Pets under a certain size can stay for free
- There is a 24-hour gym onsite
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Italian opulence flirts with laidback Los Angeles in this revitalized downtown bank
Once the L.A. headquarters for the Bank of Italy, this Financial District belle is decidedly bicoastal. And though the Sydell Group’s Californian flagship has its own DNA, replete with ornate period details like Corinthian columns, coffered ceilings, and terra cotta coin medallions on the bronze entry doors, its Big Apple roots run deep. Some of the menu offerings at the reservations-only restaurant Mezzanine (like the signature truffle chicken) were plucked from the hotel’s NYC edition, as was the idea for the natty maître d squad in the velvet-clad lobby (another aesthetic nod to its Manhattan counterpart courtesy of French starchitect Jacques Garcia). Each of the 241 guest rooms are delightfully moody, largely inspired by the blue-and-gold ceiling in the restored reception, with gilded taps and exposed pipes in the bathrooms. Hunting for the bank’s original vault once the site of 12,000 safety deposit boxes? It lives on as a series of restrooms for the hotel’s plush public areas.
In the Area
Downtown Los Angeles is mid-resurgence and delightfully walkable, which means the area’s museums, Art Deco wonders, and miniature orange groves are easily accessible from The NoMad. Begin at The Broad, the city’s newest contemporary art institution, which is practically synonymous with artist Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling Infinity Mirror Rooms (two of the LED chambers are currently on view here). Both history and movie buffs will want to stop by the Bradbury Building, a 19th-century area landmark canonized in films like 500 Days of Summer and Blade Runner. For a more comprehensive take on your surroundings, its best to book a walking tour via the Los Angeles Conservancy, which offers an array of themed excursions ranging from trips centered on modern skyscrapers to Victorian manses.
How to Get There
Very chic hotel in downtown LA. My review pertains to the rooftop, poolside bar. We visited on a Friday evening. It was a beautiful night in LA, so it was perfect to be outside, and the views of downtown from the rooftop are fun. To the hotel's credit, the service at the bar itself and from the roaming staff was friendly and good--a contrast with what you sometimes encounter in super-trendy hotel spaces. I was glad that you could actually step-up to the bar and order a drink without having to push your way through a bunch of people and then beg for a bartender's attention.
Menu had a nice variety of specialty cocktails, along with beers and wines. We enjoyed the specialty cocktails we ordered, which were mostly twists on classics like negronis, pisco sours, etc. A simple G&T was perfectly made. The prices were definitely on the expensive side, especially for the wines, but I suppose you're paying for the space as well as the drinks.
Small indoor bar area and a good amount of outdoor seating, much of it surrounding a very small pool. Very comfortable area, music at the right volume, nice variety of seating. Drinks are served in plasticware because of the pool, but it was nice and reusable plasticware.
The oysters were superb. I prefer small oysters and so few places do them , thinking that everyone prefers larger and if charged at the same cost then I understand but these were perfect and nor were they overpriced. They do a great deal too.
Air conditioning was broken in 2 different rooms they put us in, beds were missing top sheets, bottom sheet was just a top sheet used as a bottom sheet, duvet was upside down, staff were very rude and lazy. Valet didn’t help with bags. Would never recommend this place, especially for the price.