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Come See with LBD: Lobby Edition

by Laura DeGomez
2 months ago

The diagnosis is in: I’m a certified lobby lover.

Some may say the days of the Hotel Lobby are done - these spots (and I) beg to differ. To me, the lobby (when done well) is the heartstrings, the clubhouse, the center of it all. The difference in a hotel and homestay for me is rooted in the lobby, the front desk staff and the ability to call down when I inevitably forget my toothbrush and need to ask for one.

Design enthusiast or not, here are a few of my favorite lobbies worth a little time lingering

HOLIDAY HOUSE

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Holiday House

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $300+
$$$$
Pool Time Central Location

If you like Jonathan Adler this is a lobby for you. If you like rose…. this is also a lobby for you. It’s not a big space but every corner is done to perfection. Nothing in here feels like a lobby- it reads much more like a poolside bar and one you want to spend some serious time in. 

SANTA MONICA PIER

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Santa Monica Proper

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $300+
$$$$
Pool Time Pet Friendly

Tucked off Wilshire in an unsuspecting part of Santa Monica, the proper stands TALLLLLLLLLLL. She’s regal, she’s eclectic, she’s chic, she’s the perfect stop for a cocktail as a guest or passerby.

LES CACTUS

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Les Cactus

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $200+
$$$$
Pool Time Pet Friendly

A reformed nudist hotel - stay with me - this spot is an absolute gem. The lobby feels more like your cool, single aunts house complete with piano, quirky books and a picnic basket breakfast in the mornings.

HOTEL VAN ZANDT AUSTIN

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Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $200+
$$$$
Pool Time Central Location

Our moody bestie lives and breathes for the Hotel Van Zandt lobby. It’s pretty massive and has cute little sitting areas around. My favorite, pictured below is the fireplace encased with two built in wood stacking shelves. The cafe is steps away so grab a coffee and take advantage of the wifi before you mosey up to the pool deck

THE PARKER

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Parker

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $500+
$$$$
Pool Time Pet Friendly

Back on my Palm Springs bullshit but this one is too good to ignore. I’ve never stayed at the property but I’ve sat in the lobby for drinks and dined at Norma's countless times. The lobby is actually quite small but houses all of the vibezzzzz we want and need  

ZERO GEORGE

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Zero George

Average Nightly Rate

Starting at $300+
$$$$
Boutique Hotel Romantic Getaway

Aptly named after it’s address, Zero George is truly a luxury boutique property. The lobby is teeny tiny and boasts an indoor-outdoor configuration. Haven’t been since pre-C**** times but this spot is the so unique. It’s like a classy pencil skirt/blouse situation but you know there are tattoos underneath. She politely whispers classy while holding a dirty martini- if you don’t get that visual I honestly don’t know if we can be friends.  

Got a favorite of your own??? Drop it down below, I’m ready to write an OOO message 

xx LBD

Enjoy!

Laura DeGomez

LA based, Bahamian born 🇧🇸 Message me for any LA, Charleston, Palm Springs or Bahamian recs!

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