A A little over a century ago, real estate developer Harry Culver examined a map of the metastasized urban area of Los Angeles and drew a line from downtown to Venice Beach. Placing his finger halfway where the train tracks met, the story goes, he decided it was the perfect spot for a new town. The city he built is now known as Culver City, home to Sony Pictures Studios and Amazon Studios, among others. (Culver used a number of creative campaigns to generate interest, including giving a lot to a family that won a beautiful baby contest. One of its slogans was “All roads lead to Culver City.”) It’s also home to an exciting new hotel and the latest selection from our New Room with a View series—The Shay.
The hotel is only 20 minutes from LAX and is part of the Hyatt group. This is the final stage of a massive redevelopment of a former park and ride facility at Ivy Station. This is the only new hotel in this small town in the heart of Los Angeles County and the only one with a rooftop pool.
It’s kind of an internationalist boutique in its aesthetic — subway tiles, soft tones, lots of wood, curated eccentricity like a foyer in the lobby, and a pop-up shop that give it personality while still being familiar.
The 148 rooms, which start in the $300s, are spacious with large windows, many of which overlook the hills or downtown. On the rooftop is the pool and terrace bar Celestina, a Mexican restaurant from Chicago chef Danny Grant. The pool has a great view of nearby Baldwin Hill Overlook. Rounding out the amenities was a huge, well-equipped gym and a popular restaurant downstairs (it was always overflowing), Etta, also by Danny Grant.
With studios, restaurants dedicated to movie history, and quick access in all directions to the best of the greater Los Angeles area, Culver City is an easy place to call home on a visit — and now it has a nifty new option.