Historic Culver Hotel in Los Angeles reopens with new bistro and Speakeasy bar

A legendary Old Hollywood hotspot has just reopened in Los Angeles.

Located in the heart of Culver City, The Culver Hotel opened its doors at the height of the Roaring Twenties and quickly made a name for itself hosting stars such as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Judy Garland. Hotelier Maya Mallick acquired the 1926 National Monument in 2007 and soon closed it for renovations. Fifteen years later, the 46-room boutique hotel has resurfaced with a look inspired by the building’s rich history and new luxury amenities to boot.

In addition to the relaunch, Proper Hospitality announced that the Culver has been added to its “Collective” of design-focused hotels. This means that the property will now be under the management of the Los Angeles-based hotel group, while Mallick will remain its owner and creative director.

A reinvented meeting room inside the hotel.

Courtesy of Culver Hotel

The hotel was originally designed by Curlett & Beelman. The now defunct architecture firm essentially introduced Fine Arts to the city. City founder Harry H. Culver also played a key role in designing the building, of course. For the Culver 2.0, Mallick introduced a “European vibe” which is reflected in artistic and romantic interiors. Think deep colors, rich textures and ornate vintage furniture. The room pick is the 480-square-foot Culver Suite, which features a bedroom, separate living room, and two bathrooms.

“Over the past 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of reinventing and reviving a beautiful piece of history and creating a vibrant, artsy destination in Los Angeles,” Mallick said in a statement.

The hotel has also added a new on-site bistro called Lillie’s. Named in honor of Lillian, the wife of Harry Culver, it crosses the hall, the dining room and the outdoor garden. Proper Hospitality’s Executive Culinary Director, Ned Elliott, will curate the evolving menu, which blends French cuisine with fresh, seasonal produce sourced directly from local farmers. Highlights include steak fries, grilled branzino with French onion soup, chilled Maine lobster, and chicken dinner for two. Lillie’s also offers an extensive raw bar, specialty cocktails and fine wines.

Steak Frites from Lillie's at the Culver Hotel

Steak Frites from Lillie’s.

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In addition to the bistro, the famous speakeasy bar and the private “Velvet” lounge will reopen later this year. For the creative, the hotel’s art gallery will feature works by established and emerging talent, while live music programming will feature resident bands and new musicians. Other amenities you can expect to find during your stay include an exercise room and over 5,500 square feet of meeting and event space.

“Culver City is a coveted Westside destination and The Culver Hotel will showcase how we are able to create a sense of place and connection for our guests through our inspired dining concepts, signature service style and dynamic guest experiences” , adds Mallick.

Looks like a trip to Cali is in order, old sport.

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Culver Hotel Sliding Cover

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