Since its December 2005 opening in Palermo Hollywood, the rock star–funded (U2 producer Flood and Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour) hotel quickly became the go-to lodgings for Diesel jeans–clad cool kids. Scandinavian-influenced, the rooms come with iPod-ready stereos and vintage wallpaper, and the hotel received a brief spike of notoriety for housing the Bush twins during a 2006 stop. Early arrivals waiting to check in have the option of several jet-lag treatments in the basement spa (like the “Stepping on Clouds” hand and foot massage), and on summer Fridays, English hotel co-owner (and ex–record producer) Tom Rixton and his DJ pals spin to a pool garden filled with hipsters sprawled on pod chairs sipping boutique vodka drinks. Rixton and his Porteña wife, Patricia O’Shea, added a loft apartment in 2006 and a new suite in early 2008.
Room to Book: O’Shea pegs the No. 17 suite, overlooking the pool, as her favorite. For sensualists, No. 8 offers new bordello red wallpaper above the bed and red lighting along the floor.