Hotels are evolving all the time and are becoming more about convenience, location and functionality than fancy frills, roominess and luxuries. Hilton’s new Curio brand is a case in point. Created for travellers who seek to discover their local surroundings and enjoy authentic experiences, Curio is a global collection of distinctive four and five-star hotels that aims to connect guests with their destinations via well-considered and functional properties. Just as the word “curio” can refer to something of interest, unique or even rare, each Curio property is different from the next, with just individuality being a common thread, along with the quiet reassurance of the iconic Hilton brand name behind every location.
Just steps from the terminals of LAX – the fifth busiest airport on the planet – H Hotel is a cleverly curated hospitality experience which has gone a long way to rewriting the traditional American concept of an airport hotel, without compromising the convenience of its super convenient central location. Denver-based interior design firm Design Force drew inspiration from the hotel’s location with a design scheme that recreates the flight experience, whilst offering a modern reprieve from the stresses of 21st century air travel.
A modern, industrial façade, appointed with azure hues, accentuates the hotel’s mid-century architectural style. Inside, eight individual gravity-defying works fashioned by American artists across many mediums, and curated by NINE dot ARTS, gently evoke flying and frame Los Angeles’ relationship with air travel, both historically and in the abstract. At reception, digital work “Blue Yonder” by Moodspace depicts the changing sky during the course of the day, inviting guests to check in and let go.
Upstairs, most of the hotel’s 168 guest rooms and suites feature soaring 3.5m ceilings and huge windows that offer a fascinating overview of the bustling LAX grid in full swing. Lush paints and neutral tones add to an uplifting sense of hovering in the clouds. In fact, H Hotel is very much a window into a world suspended in mid-air – akin to having a peaceful, luxe and unrushed transit break. Temple Spa toiletries, Nespresso machines and large TV screens equipped with Google Chromecast complete the premium pre-flight experience.