Lay back and think of California, and the vision might just be soundtracked by a number of songs. From 2Pac’s California Love and the aptly titled California Dreaming by The Mamas & The Papas. To the 1960s Beach Boys hit California Girls and the similarly titled California Gurls by Katy Perry. The lyrics and unforgettable melodies of these songs bring the Golden State to life as North America’s Daisy Duke-wearing playground; a palm-studded paradise where sun-kissed style is backdropped by sand, surf and plenty of panache. The blissful vision is incomplete, of course, without imagining the perfect place to park for the summer. And so, welcome to the daydream Hotel June, the Proper’s more affordable yet thoroughly suave spin-off.
With multiple stateside locations, including San Francisco, Downtown Los Angeles and Austin, the Proper hotel group claims to offer a “looser kind of luxury” through its Kelly Wearstler-designed properties, part-owned by her husband Brad Korzen (who is one of three co-founders of the now cult-status brand). There’s even a Proper hotel in Santa Monica, just a 15-minute car ride from Hotel June, or a bit longer if opting for a leisurely stroll along Venice Beach towards Santa Monica Pier.
Hotel June in California by Studio Collective
Loosening up the hotelier’s luxury offering just that little bit more, the 250-room Hotel June is “a Proper for the people,” says Proper Hospitality co-founder and president Brian De Lowe. “June will cater to travellers with a passion for design, community, and food and beverage offerings – all the same things Proper guests care about, but with more accessible pricing.” A sleepover at June can cost guests about A$400 less per night than a room at one of the Propers.
Located in the former Custom Hotel, in a classic Westside building designed by renowned local architect Welton Becke, June seamlessly merges the past with the present by pairing mid-century nostalgia with contemporary coastal minimalism. It’s at once airy, bright and chilled, becoming a place where clean lines and warm natural timbers meet earthy finishes, custom furnishings and Californian sunshine.
The laidback interiors of Hotel June were spearheaded by LA-based firm Studio Collective (a departure from the Proper’s go-to designer Kelly Wearstler). There are, however, to the benefit of budget conscious style-seekers, undeniable similarities between June and the more prestigious Propers. Including the spectrum of custom-made furniture, hand-glazed tiles from Brazil, sisal carpeting and Italian bed linens, not to mention the bountiful Aesop products in each of the bathrooms.
The hotel’s central location, right near LAX International Airport, places guests just minutes away from everywhere they might want to be on LA’s Westside. They’re five minutes from Playa Del Rey Beach, Playa Vista (Silicon Beach), Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University, and little more than ten minutes from Venice, Marina Del Rey and Culver City. “Whether you’re headed to the beach, a show at The Forum or a game at the nearby SoFi NFL stadium, our location allows for ease in travelling around the city,” the hotel team insists. They add that there’s also “easy access to a range of restaurants, boutiques and parks within walking distance”.
But after a day of soaking in the rays by the pool, a relaxed night-in at the hotel is often top of mind for guests. On standby to please the people of such persuasion, Hotel June offers dining concepts helmed by Steve Livigni (ex Scopa Italian Roots restaurant) featuring irresistible menus inspired by a 500-kilometre culinary road trip, extending southbound from Santa Barbara on the central California coast to Northern Baja in Mexico.
Perhaps the most laidback dining destination is the breezy Baja-inspired Caravan Swim Club – the poolside gathering place for everything from cabana drinks to fire-side snack sessions; a relaxed spot where guests can spend the day immersed in music, before moving to an elevated terrace position to enjoy the evening view towards Venice Beach. All the while with house favourites in-hand, including biodynamic wines, craft beer and small-batch tequilas.
Opening just weeks before the pandemic swept the globe, Hotel June has had plenty of time to adapt its offering to include Covid-safe protocols. “We certainly couldn’t have predicted this moment when our vision for Hotel June began,” recalls the hotel team. “But the timing has allowed us to open our doors with a new space that authentically embraces adaptability, is streamlined for social distancing, and – above all – considers the wellbeing and safety of our guests.”
Located in the former Custom Hotel, in a classic Westside building designed by renowned local architect Welton Becke, June seamlessly merges the past with the present.
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