This Hotel Melds 1920s Architecture, Moorish Design


This Hotel Melds Jazz Age Architecture & Moorish Design

Check In: Santa Monica Proper Hotel

The Santa Monica Proper Hotel is an adaptive reuse project that melds a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival building by Arthur E. Harvey with a contemporary addition by Howard Laks Architects.

Inside, designer Kelly Wearstler riffs on the historic side’s Moorish details while focusing on neutral hues and natural materials for a distinctly Californian feel. “We were intentional about working with local artists to bring a truly authentic experience,” she says.

The 271-room hotel’s restaurant, Onda–Spanish for “wave”–is headed by chefs Jessica Koslow of Sqirl and Gabriela Camara, formerly of Cala in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City, so expect a menu that fuses Latin and Californian influences.

Other highlights: the Surya Ayurvedic Spa, which offers Transcendental Meditation classes through the David Lynch Foundation, and 8,000 square feet of event space. Forgot your surfboard? No worries. Ask for one at the front desk.