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BY Nadine Jolie Courtney | March 1, 2019 | Feature Features

It's check-in time at SoCal's hottest hotel properties.
Veuve Clicquot's cabanas at La Quinta Resort & Club are made for fun and fizz.

With the promise of spring tantalizingly close, hotel news is blooming at three chic LA-area properties. Perennial Sunset Strip hotspot Mondrian Los Angeles (suite rates from $309 per night) showcases the results of a nip and tuck completed in late March. The whimsical redesign—encompassing all 236 rooms including the Skyview Loft and Penthouse, the lobby and meeting rooms—seeks to whisk guests off to an Alice-esque Wonderland, as if checking into a glamorous, madcap tea party. Hues are blue and cream, with ample neon and mirrors, contemporary art installations, and odes to original Mondrian designer Philippe Starck. In Downtown L.A., Eastside Establishments—the brand behind Bar Covell, Hotel Covell and L&E Oyster Bar—opened a new Arts District destination in February: The Firehouse Hotel (rates from $300 per night). Located on the ground floor of a former 1920s-era fire station and designed by Sally Breer of Etc.etera, the historic space—complete with original red firehouse doors and bow truss ceilings—boasts an indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar, lobby coffee bar serving Counter Culture Coffee, and retail shop curated by Jake Rodehuth-Harrison, with nine colorful boutique hotel rooms available above the action and designed for longer-term stays. Angelenos are especially buzzing about the open-kitchen American-slash-Lebanese cuisine restaurant, helmed by chef Ashley Abodeely, formerly of The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park. Finally, out in the Coachella Valley, iconic Waldorf-Astoria retreat La Quinta Resort and Club (villa rates from $929 per night, La Quinta) has partnered with Veuve Clicquot on an après-swim experience at its chic adults-only Plunge Pool. Guests cooling off after a dip in the desert can expect a champagne bar with tasting flights, signature cocktails, Veuve-yellow umbrellas, Clicquot-branded cabanas, pre-dinner nibbles and a roving champagne cart. After the sun goes down, guests can retreat to La Quinta’s signature contemporary cuisine restaurant Morgan’s in the Desert, where more bubbly awaits, naturally.

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