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Dream Hollywood Hotel: Iconic mid-century design meets LA style.

Surrounded by the famous Hollywood hills, the Dream Hollywood Hotel has been designed in reference to the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles by the Rockwell Group, a New York based architectural practice. Along with his team, led by Rockwell Group Partner and Studio Leader Shawn Sullivan, they have created a contemporary framework for the lobby, guest rooms and rooftop amenities. The 178 room hotel is moments from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with views of the iconic Hollywood sign and the city’s skyline from the rooftop bar, lounge and restaurant.

Respected mid-century architects in such as John Launter, Richard Neutra and others were the inspiration for the hotel drawing on their residential work in California. Garden-inspired elements and plush upholstery were key components to creating an experience that is the perfect blend of hyper-chic and comfort.

A Sense of Space

Reflected in the landscape and neighbouring hillside properties, the hotel has strong, seamless visual connections between the indoors and outdoors. This is evident as soon as guests enter the lobby with it’s double height entrance space opening up to a landscaped pedestrian ‘path’ Subtle tiling leads to a reception and concierge area with a focal point of an oversized stone fireplace inspired by the hearths found in many mid-century Los Angeles homes.

A Sense of Play

Even when walking around the hotel there’s a playful hint of the outdoors with strips of grass set between stone tile flooring and corridor ceilings lit in a way to echo sunlight streaming in through the wooden slats. Custom carpets are based on abstract random patterns created when light hits the floor and in the lobby area at night there are lights mimicking the shadows cast by the sun hitting the trees.

A Sense of Nature

The two colour schemes for the guest rooms were inspired by colours found in nature. The first was inspired by sky, water and white houses against a desert backdrop with a palette of blues, whites and the neutral tones accented with orange. The second palette draws from the warmer hues of a sunset.

A Sense of Openness

Each guest room has been designed to convey a modern sense of openness with large windows linking the outside and inside worlds. Internally, the bathroom and sleeping areas are divided by a row of freestanding, bronze shelving units that support the bathroom sink,  mirror and mini bar. The bathroom walls and walkway are clad in reclaimed wooden tiles arranged in an exaggerated parquet pattern, adding texture, interest and warmth to the rooms.

A Sense of Calm

The Guest House is a spacious, glass-walled retreat inspired by the clean simplicity of mid-century architecture. Floor to ceiling windows maximise the sweeping views of the Los Angeles cityscape and a glass-enclosed daybed surrounded by views of the trees provides a cosy area for lounging with an additional dining/bar area and a living room with a feature marble wall.

A Sense of Sophistication

Located on the rooftop of the hotel is the Highlight Room, an outdoor bar, lounge and restaurant covered by a retractable roof enclosure with views of the city skyline and iconic Hollywood sign. The pool area offers guests intimate seating such as two-person chaises and raised cabanas with a retractable top and sides or there is more communal seating with a fire pit area for guests to gather. However you choose to relax, this is pure Hollywood sophistication.

ADDRESS: Hotel address 6417 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles, California.

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Photography: Interior images by Emily Andres/ Highlight room and rooftop images by Warren Jagger

  • Helen is a fabric designer and lives with her husband and two sons near Bath. She grew up by the sea in Cornwall and is reinventing a modern coastal look of interiors with her debut collection in a minimal graphic design inspired style. Passionate about pattern, Helen is constantly capturing images on her phone for potential design inspiration.

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