Feb 09, 2015

Hotel Covell: LA's Coolest (And Smallest) New Hotel

If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, chances are...

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, chances are your search for hotels will bring you to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or Downtown — 3 LA areas home to plenty of giant hotel brands and the 3 areas that are most likely top of mind for visitors seeking the typical “LA” experience.

In Santa Monica, you’ll find the beach-adjacent, 302-room Fairmont. In Beverly Hills, there’s the swanky, 297-room SLS. And in Downtown, you’ll find the hipster-chic, 182-room Ace Hotel. All are perfectly good options. But you, never one to follow the crowd, look for something a little more unique and intimate when you travel.

If it’s a boutique hotel you’re after, you’ll mostly be confined to West Hollywood’s 32-room Palihotel, the 80-room Le Petit Ermitage, and the 13-bungalow The Charlie. But you want to go smaller; more local.

How about a 5-room hotel located in a less touristed part of town, near local-favorite eateries and right above one of the city’s preeminent wine bars.

Now we’re talking. Welcome to the brand new Hotel Covell.

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

The Basics

Opened on February 3rd of this year, Hotel Covell occupies the second floor of a small, two-story building on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz. Inside, each of Hotel Covell’s 5 masculine, mid-century modern rooms represent a chapter in the life story of fictional character George Covell, a writer born in 1926.

Room 1/Chapter 1′s modest yet warm atmosphere accented by reclaimed wood and leather, is inspired by Covell’s childhood as a farm boy in Oklahoma.

Room 2/Chapter 2′s simplistic and modern feel accented by classic novels on the shelves and hints of Covell’s increasingly eclectic tastes, represents Covell’s life as a young man in New York City in 1950.

Room 3/Chapter 3′s comforting vibe accented by a neutral colors and sheep skin rugs, represents the Paris apartment that Covell shared with his lover and muse, Claudine, for over two decades.

Room 4/Chapter 4′s bright 2 bedrooms and ample living space with emerald accents and worldly collected items, represents the New York City apartment that Covell kept in his later and professionally successful years.

Room 5/Chapter 5′s era-spanning style (complete with “inherited” mid-century modern pieces), represents the apartment of Isabel, the Parisian daughter of Covell and Claudine who, at 18, moved to New York City to be closer to her father.

Does anyone else want George Covell’s made-up life? Because I kind of do.

In addition to a story, each room is equipped with a kitchenette, retro fridge, record player and vinyl collection (each room has its own signature track) that will make you feel right at home, or at least make you feel like you’re staying at your really cool friend’s apartment.

Rates range from $245 (for Room 1/Chapter 1) to $595 (for Room 4/Chapter 4) on weekdays and from $295 to $650 on weekends.

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

Hotel Covell Los Feliz - Boutique Hotels in LA

The Location

The hotel’s location in Los Feliz, a predominately residential neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles, will allow you to automatically infiltrate Los Angeles’ inner circle of non-tourists and walk amongst the locals.

To start your day, head to Griffith Park (which runs along Los Feliz’s northern boarder) for a coffee and scone from The Trails Cafe followed by a hike to the top. After getting a birds eye view of LA and making your way back down the mountain, there are plenty of local-approved establishments to visit nearby.

The closest to your bed is Bar Covell. Located directly beneath the hotel, Bar Covell, an intimate and dimly lit wine bar that has been pouring vino to LA’s in-the-know east side crowd for the past 5 years, has been named one of “America’s Best Wine Bars” by Travel and Leisure and one the “Best Bars in America” by Esquire. Needless to say, it’s the perfect date spot and the best place to begin or end your night while staying at Hotel Covell (there’ll also be a bottle of wine from the bar waiting in your room upon arrival).

Other neighborhood spots worth checking out include Mother Dough for delicious Neapolitan pizza, MessHall for a great burger, whiskey and $1 oysters on Tuesday nights, Little Dom’s for Italian food (and more pizza), Alcove and Home for a great outdoor breakfast/brunch, Cliff’s Edge for dinner on one of LA’s best hidden patios and awesome cocktails, The Drawing Room for a divey neighborhood bar, and Garage Pizza for, well, more pizza.

Insider Info

I attended the hotel’s pre-opening preview event and personally, I would want to stay here if I didn’t already live in LA. I’d highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking to stray from LA’s typical tourist path (especially couples as there’s something pretty damn sexy about this place). On the flip side, LA is a massive city, and if you live on the west side (Santa Monica, Venice, etc.) a night on the east side at Hotel Covell would make a great surprise staycation for you and someone special.

In terms of the best rooms, there honestly isn’t a bad room here. But if I had to choose, they’d be rooms 1 and 3 (there’s a partial view of LA’s famous Griffith Observatory from Room 3). If you need the extra space, whether you’re traveling as a family or with another couple, Room 4 is incredible too (check out my instagram photo of one of Room 4′s bedrooms here).

Hotel Details

Website: HotelCovell.com

Address: 4626 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (323) 660-4300

For more on Hotel Covell, check them out on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Photo credit: Bethany Nauert


Trevor Morrow is a travel, food and lifestyle writer living in Los Angeles, California. You can follow his adventures, both in LA and around the world on Instagram and Twitter at @trevormorrow.


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