L.A.’s Vinyl District Transformed With New Hotels, Restaurants


Thompson Hollywood Hotel
Trevor Tondro

Ten Five Hospitality gave one of Hollywood’s most historic neighborhoods a makeover and now the Vinyl District has become one of the most popular hotspots in the City of Angels.

Right outside of the main tourist district, the Vinyl District is meant to offer a “fresh perspective” on the culture and history of the music and entertainment industry in Hollywood with new hotels and dining places.

Ten Five, a hospitality company, has invested a lot of money to build three hotels, three restaurants, and two rooftop bars.

Bar Lis Hollywood

Bar Lis at Thompson Hollywood Hotel
Michael Mundy

The Thompson Hollywood is one of the most striking hotels built. It embodies Hollywood glamour and old Hollywood glamour. Owned by the Hyatt and designed by London-based interior design studio Tara Bernard & Partners, the swanky hotel features 190 guest rooms and 16 suites. There is also a rooftop pool and a fitness center, as well as 15,000 square feet of space for events. Bar Lis, a French-inspired bar and restaurant on the rooftop, is also available.

Hollywood stars such asRita OraAnd Robert Pattison are flocking to the exclusive rooftop bar. The Hyatt also owns the Tommie Hollywood hotel, which has a fantastic rooftop atmosphere. Being a “quintessentially California hotel,” the hotel is very minimalist inspired but features exquisite details and smartly laid-out spaces. The hotel boasts stunning views of the Hollywood Hills and amenities such as a rooftop pool, desert 5 spot bar, and a popular bar.

Tommie Hollywood Hotel Lobby

Tommie Hollywood Hotel Lobby
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Desert 5 Spot blends the vibes of vintage Palm Springs and the wild west. Desert 5 Spot is distinguished by its unique collection of antique items such as an old-fashioned radio and neon signs. They are best-known for their famous margarita, “Make It A Cactus!,” served with tequila and a choice of up to two flavors: watermelon, strawberry, passionfruit, mango or spicy. Desert 5 Spot features live music, a mix of country and rock, in addition to the views and drinks.

The Citizen News Building, which was once home to the Citizen News Newspaper, is one of the most talked about. Formerly the home of the Citizen News Newspaper it has been transformed into unique event spaces featuring a curated menu from the critically acclaimed chef. Evan Funke of Venice’s Felix Trattoria and Mother Wolf L.A.

Funke shared his reasons for opening the LA Premier Event Space in January.

Make It A Cactus Cocktail

Desert 5 Spot “Make It A Cactus!” Cocktail
Michael Mundy

“What I love about Italian cuisine is illustrated environmentally. Imagine you’re sitting on the island of Capri, eating insalata caprese with the person you love, the ocean breeze on your face, sipping a crisp glass of falanghina,” Funke explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s really hard to reproduce in any other place. When I first saw the renderings for the space Mother Wolf resides in, the grandeur presented an extraordinary opportunity to create something special and transportive. More so now than ever, guests are looking to be whisked away into the theater of dining out.”