At Home Studios second hotel project, Alsace LA, a unique 2,000 sqm 48-room boutique hotel designed in collaboration with NMDA Architects and CIM Development, the New York natives celebrate West Adams—a Los Angeles neighbourhood rich with architectural history and artistic tradition.
The purpose-built property reflects Home Studios’ devotion to details and narrative-driven approach to design, which has resulted in a space that feels both of the neighbourhood and continually open to evolution as the community expands. Best known for the distinctive look and feel of their hospitality projects, Alsace LA translates the most memorable and eye-catching aspects of Home Studios restaurants into a luxe, retro-inspired design destination.
The designers found inspiration in West Adams’ varied architectural tradition; the influx of a young community of artists and entrepreneurs; and the warm textures and materials of the Mediterranean—a region that shares a kindred spirit to Southern California in both climate and energy.
The hotel’s interior design highlights the power of visual storytelling, riffing on charming elements like soft curves, white oak ceilings and floors, and site-specific art. The sweet and layered details—including the eclectic use of vintage and custom Home Studios furnishing and lighting; fluted textures; Terracotta plaster; and warm wood materials—subtly reference California’s diverse vegetation and natural environment.
Upon entrance to the 48-room boutique hotel, guests are greeted within an intimate and tucked away lobby, which mimics a Mediterranean-like portico. Residential in feel, curved walls and central courtyard filter light through each of the hotel’s three stories, where the serene and inviting rooms provide guests with congenial and homely amenities as if staying in a well-curated residence.
Each 21sqm guest room features handcrafted details, while larger suites include a balcony or terrace, a custom dining table, and a bespoke pull-out sofa—blending the charms of old-world travel with new-world comforts. Additionally, Home Studios designed custom furniture for each light and airy room, including upholstered headboard panels, rattan and wood wardrobes, and sculptural brass hooks, transporting travellers to a warm oasis amid a dynamic and energetic urban resurgence.
With an emphasis on the unexpected, the hotel is a one-of-a-kind space, made culturally relevant with contemporary art, photography, and playful design details that incorporate subtle references to European antiquity by way of local craft.
In the lobby, a tile mural, developed in collaboration with local LA artist Lukas Geronimas Giniotis, draws on themes of ancient mosaic art, featuring figures in repose amongst an abstracted landscape of fauna and classic architecture. Like scenes from mythology, each of Giniotis’ tile motifs hints at the use of space throughout the hotel’s common areas—divers near the exit to the pool, figures playing near the gym, and bodies ascending stairs.
Home Studios’ ongoing commitment to bringing a personal touch to their projects has resulted in a destination built for leisure-seeking travellers and Los Angeles residents alike.