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Arts District firehouse debuting as boutique hotel next week

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Rooms start at $300 a night

The 1928-built former firehouse at Seventh and Santa Fe.
Courtesy of The Firehouse Hotel

An Arts District firehouse dating back to the 1920s will reopen to the public Monday as the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel, according to a release for the project.

The Firehouse Hotel at Seventh Street and Santa Fe Avenue still holds a number of its original features, including the wood and concrete floors, pressed-tin panels, trussed ceilings, and “niches originally built to hold statuettes of the Virgin Mary.”

But within the 90-year-old framework of the building, there have also been a lot of changes. The ground floor now houses a restaurant and bar, as well a daytime coffee shop and retail storefront.

The top floor holds the majority of the guest rooms. The rooms are named after colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue—which are incorporated into the decor, along with vintage furniture and custom light fixtures. Each room comes with its own kitchenette and toiletries by perfumer Le Labo.

The hotel is run by Dustin Lancaster of Bar and Hotel Covell in Los Feliz. Lancaster developed the project with Tyler Stonebreaker of Creative Space and with design by Sally Breer of ETC.etera.

The rooms start at $300 a night.

The Violet Room.
Photo by Aaron Haxton

Though this is the first fancy hotel to open in the neighborhood, it might not be alone for long.

Proposals for a number of hotels have surfaced in the last three years, including a 66-room hotel that would repurpose an old mattress factory and a plan to bring hundreds of hotel rooms into the area by way of a glassy Bjarke Engels-designed project alongside the LA River.

The Firehouse Hotel’s location would put it in close proximity to a new, nine-story office building that will get underway later this year, an outpost of the private club Soho House opening this year, and a large mixed-use complex with retail and 110 live/work lofts.

The Yellow Room.
Photo by Aaron Haxton