Los Angeles-based hotelier Leo Grifka of Grifka Group has announced the launch of Short Stories, a new 66-room hotel, restaurant, and bar in West Hollywood. Housed within a restored 1960s structure, the design-driven concept evokes a “cultured, California contemporary” ethos accented by classic European design touches.
Locally based studio Kevin Klein Design drew inspiration from the historic residential vernacular of the city to establish the property as an oasis in a bustling corridor. “We wanted to find a way to create a refuge—an area that evoked a natural tranquility that you would typically need to travel far outside of LA to experience,” Kevin Klein says. “We eventually found great inspiration from the architecture and spatial planning of many historic 1920s LA courtyard apartment buildings.”
Bright terrazzo contrasts stained wood and marble throughout Short Stories. Colorful checkered marble floors and Venetian plaster in the lobby shine luminously thanks to numerous skylights and large glass walls. The same pink and red floors stretch into the central courtyard, the soothing nucleus of the hotel where three Rhus Lancea trees form a green canopy over a classic stone fountain, wood burning fireplace, and dining and lounging enclaves. A vibrant green wall also complements the adjacent pool, which is lined with chaise lounge seating.
As for F+B, the Short Stories Restaurant comprises a series of connected dining spaces, including the courtyard lounge, pooldeck, and several private spaces. Terracotta and earthy hues infuse an Old World charm across the Pan-American bistro that further establishes the property as a place of warmth.
Ranging from king to double configurations, guestrooms are housed across two buildings that flank the communal structure and courtyard. Herringbone hardwood floors are laid in signature rooms, while junior suites and grand studio suites are distinguished by elevated parquet hardwood floors. Custom elements, like oversized rounded armoires and credenzas, are installed alongside inviting sofas and Carrara marble tables. Artwork from locally based painter Kenton Nelson instills a sense of place in each chamber as well.