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OP Five | Five L.A. Boutique Hotels and the Frames to Match

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Five boutique hotels that embody the character of their Los Angeles neighborhoods, each paired with an Oliver Peoples frame.

Some of the world’s most iconic hotels welcome guests to the splendors of Los Angeles, while charming, immersive and modern hospitality ventures continue to join their ranks. Oliver Peoples checks in for an insider’s look at these local destinations.

The Ranch, Malibu

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Remote sensations and stunning scenery accompany an itinerary of self-betterment at The Ranch Malibu.

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The Taron in Gold + Olive Gradient sits amidst a quiet moment on natural materials.

Stretching along 200 acres within the Santa Monica mountain range, the verdant plot of The Ranch Malibu soothes guests in proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This destination is more than scenic landscapes and 18 private cottages—all of which have been designed to deliver tranquility through muted tones, limestone bathrooms, and reclaimed wood floors. Each stay requires a week-long commitment from its 18 guests and incorporates a luxuriant but demanding itinerary.
From morning hikes to deep tissue massages, wellness is the centerpiece of The Ranch Malibu. That means periods of intense physical training, a 1,400 calorie plant-based diet, cryotherapy, infrared saunas, and careful guidance through it all. The Ranch Malibu encourages disconnecting from both mobile devices and TV—and encourages healthier replacement activities, like a swim in the pool or a soak in the jacuzzi. Lightweight and unisex, the Taron is the ideal pair of sunglasses for any outdoor activity.

Silver Lake Pool & Inn, Silver Lake

Retro decor accompanies the vintage-inspired Shiller, with Emerald Bark frames and Dusk Beach lenses.

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Silver Lake Pool & Inn’s elevated pool deck soaks up the sun.

From an unassuming motel built in the ‘80s to a month-to-month housing complex and now a fresh hospitality destination, Silver Lake Pool & Inn has seen many developments. Located at 4141 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the sought-out neighborhood from which it draws its name, the 54-room property’s redesign was helmed by Venice, CA-based architectural studio Electric Bowery.
Palm Springs influences flourish on the grounds though it’s an undeniably Silver Lake entity. Be it the elevated pool deck or coastal Italian restaurant, Marco Polo, the entire facility is an alluring hub of culture and cuisine. The striking proportions of Oliver Peoples’ Shiller frame coalesce with the distinct hotel’s visual language. Its polished silhouette and light wash colored lenses align with the essence of Silver Lake and its expanding reputation.

The LINE Hotel, Koreatown

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Modern furnishings in The LINE Hotel’s lounge-like room aglow during Golden Hour.

In Gold Amber with Blue lenses, the Casson frames filter the gorgeous Los Angeles light.

Rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, the LINE Hotel channels the energy and excitement of its Koreatown neighborhood. The 12-story modernist exterior pairs well with a nuanced, design-forward interior. Through concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, each bedroom embraces the light of the city and delivers a lounge-like comfort to visitors.
The hotel also presents a diverse roster of creative activities and offers one of LA’s best artist-in-residence programs. Oliver Peoples’ Casson frames, made in Japan and inspired by ‘80s fashion, play the perfect part on The LINE’s pool deck. It’s round shape and metal components mirror the hotel’s minimal form.

Villa Carlotta, Hollywood

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Oliver Peoples’ bold Nella frames, in 362 + Brown Polar, even pop among the most opulent of forms, colors and textures.

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A glimpse into the timeless lobby of Villa Carlotta.

In Hollywood’s charming Franklin Village neighborhood, Villa Carlotta inhabits one four-story Spanish Colonial. Built in the 1920s, the storied structure is an architectural landmark, adorned with wrought-iron window grilles and romantic Juliet balconies. An embodiment of Old Hollywood, it’s been restored with meticulous attention to detail. This is evident from the opulent lobby—with its grand fireplace and grander piano—onward. From coffered ceilings and elegant molding to magnificent marble floors, the interior is an essay in extravagance.
No two of the 50 units within are the same, and each is available only for stays of 30 days or longer. These fully-furnished residential units, equipped with premium kitchens, include all the amenities and services of an extended stay. Famous residents have traipsed among the floor-to-ceiling French doors and windows or settled into the central courtyard. It’s Oliver Peoples’ ultra-glamorous Nella lenses that feel at home in Villa Carlotta. Referencing Hollywood in the ‘70s, the oversized square lens shapes and rich colors add even more dimension to the destination.

Firehouse Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

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A minimal banquet reprieve in the restaurant of Arts District Firehouse Hotel.

Sun seekers in the Firehouse Hotel benefit from the Coleridge Gold + Green C frames.

On Santa Fe Avenue, not far from 7th Street, the Arts District Firehouse Hotel housed working firemen from 1927 through 1980. All of the building’s magnificent structural elements remain—and set expectations for those who visit. Inside, bright design elements pepper the shared spaces and each of the nine uniquely-designed suites. The property represents the spectacular vision of the designer, Sally Breer, and independent hotelier, Dustin Lancaster. As with Lancaster’s other collaborative properties, the interior design story has been woven around a narrative; this time of a fictional mother named Mabel and her daughter Marta, owners of a ‘40s boarding house. Each room radiates around a particular color and its various hues. Guests will also bask in the beauty of the Firehouse Hotel’s outdoor patio. The centerpiece of Oliver Peoples’ Spring collection, the much-loved Coleridge frame—with its understated classic design—now comes in sunglass form. The vintage-inspired design accents the nuance and tone of the hotel, its restaurant, and even the Counter Culture coffee bar.

Words: David Graver

Photos: Alice Gao