Citizen Atelier Guide to Eastside LA

Alessandra Salituri from Citizen Atelier has quite the resume of accomplishments behind her and we are so honored that she chose us as the place to stay in Eastside LA.

As an art dealer, interior stylist and creative director, Alessandra’s primary philosophy has been to create inspiring and inviting spaces with soul. Her signature aesthetic, which she characterizes as romantic, bold and contemporary with a European touch, inspired the choice of art for her online art gallery, Citizen Atelier. Named one of the leading art galleries in the world by Elle Decor, The Zoe Report and MyDomaine, collectors have included Jessica Alba, Nina Dobrev, Neil Patrick Harris, Candice Swanepoel, designers, luxury hotels and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Below is her guide to Eastside LA and the nice things she had to say about Noon on Sunset Hill.

Where to Stay

In my years of traveling back and forth to LA, I have long been looking for a comfortable pied-à-terre. Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about hospitality and researching hotels. On past trips, I’ve either stayed with one of my friends in Silverlake, or at various boutique hotels in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. A few months ago, I read about Noon On Sunset Hill on my friend Anne Sage’s blog.

Perched on a hill in the heart of Echo Park, it’s a beautifully curated inn-meets-AirBnb that recently opened. Sunset Hill is part of a hospitality project headed by Noon Collection; their vision was to create a series of rental properties across the US with a curated living environment for a “home away from home” feel. I was over the moon when I came across Noon On Sunset Hill and booked a 10-day stay.

The hotel looked every bit like the photos; the rooms were designed with curated modern pieces and luxury touches, as well as 3 balconies overlooking LA’s palm tree-dotted skyline. I spent many days on their terrace working on my laptop. The owner, Lex, was a pleasure to deal with and managed to create the perfect balance of beautiful design and affordability with all the amenities from home. Over the years, I’ve probably researched every hotel and AirBnb in the entire LA area to find a second home, and I can definitely say I finally did.

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Where to Eat

Intelligentsia

This charming coffee shop at Sunset Junction in Silverlake is without a doubt my favourite hangout in LA. The design features a mix of white-and-turquoise tile and natural wood with a spacious terrace. I’ve spent many long days working there while sipping on lattes. One of the best parts of the cafe: it’s a hub for creatives. You never know who you’re going to meet.

Café Stella

Café Stella is a charming French bistro hidden right next to Intelligentsia. It took a few trips to LA (and many days passing right by it!) for me to finally stop by and see if it lived up to the hype. It surpassed my expectations; they serve up the most amazing brunches (oh, the ricotta pancakes!).

Botanica

Botanica is a new eatery in Silverlake that opened earlier this year. The restaurant serves California fare with a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern influence, focusing on market-fresh produce, organic wines and cocktails. The former liquor store has evolved into a space with beautiful energy and decor, including a statement wall with a blend of my favourite colours (rose, blues and grays) along with high ceilings, concrete and wood.

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Ostrich Farm

I had driven by this quaint restaurant on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park several times and had seen countless shots on Instagram before venturing out for a solo brunch. Run by a husband and wife team, Ostrich Farm offers locally-sourced dishes cooked over a wood-fire grill. I was equally taken by the food, as I was by the decor, which includes brass lights, white brick, earthy elements and signature green bench. The perfect spot for a girls brunch or dinner.

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Winsome

On a trip to LA last January, three people suggested I try this place for lunch. I immediately fell in love with the design. In fact, the name “Winsome” is an adjective that means “attractive” or “appealing” in appearance or character. I learned the design team, LA-based firm Wendy Haworth Design, is also behind the popular Gracias Madre and Cafe Gratitude restaurants. Simple and healthy dishes are Winsome’s signature style, and it has since become my go-to for meetings on the Eastside.

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Current Mood LA

Current Mood LA is a visual newsletter than you can subscribe to get pretty photos of pretty enviornments that will hopefully lift your mood.

We were honored to have our Dining Room at Noon on Sunset Hill featured in one of their newletters and instagram.

Here are some other images pulled from one of their newsletter that we were featured in. 

Echo Park, Honey Hi.   @ some.moore

Echo Park, Honey Hi.
 @some.moore

Downtown, L.A. Chapter @ The Ace Hotel.    @sopatriciausa

Downtown, L.A. Chapter @ The Ace Hotel.
  @sopatriciausa

Echo Park, Noon on Sunset Hill @NoonOnSunset

Echo Park, Noon on Sunset Hill
@NoonOnSunset

South Pasadena, Huntington Library, Rose Garden, Tea Room @michellevle

South Pasadena, Huntington Library, Rose Garden, Tea Room
@michellevle

Silverlake, Dream Collective   @jamielenoremckillop

Silverlake, Dream Collective
 @jamielenoremckillop

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Visit from a Danish Blogger

Just last week we had the pleasure of hosting Michelle Nielsen, a lifestyle and travel blogger from Denmark. You can find the full post over on her blog Stone Muse but it is all in Danish so we took the liberty to translate a few snippets of what she had to say. :)

How cute is she?!

How cute is she?!

And heres what Michelle had to say about her stay...

"How about that, is not it beautiful? There was indeed thought about all the details and the whole house was just so big, clean and airy, which was perfect for what we would use it - we had in fact been around what feels like all of Los Angeles before we arrived at the hotel so we would really like to just completely relax, take some sun (and drink American beer) on the terrace and just really just exploring the area, which would prove to be a FOODIE PARADISE. You might wonder still why I believe that Noon on Sunset Hill is much more than an ordinary hotel, but it is basically because ... It's just. You get the all the things that you associate with an ordinary hotel such as daily room cleaning, refilling coffee, a private mini-kitchen, toilet, bath and all that - but it also feels like a home where you can learn new people to know because there are common areas where you can meet with the other residents - if you feel like it. This is a warm recommendation for Noon on Sunset Hill, which has several locations in the United States."

Thanks for staying with us Michelle, we hope you can come back soon!

Anne Sage

Anne Sage of the creative behind the blog Anne Sage as well as the amazing event space Light Lab got married in April and we had the privilege of hosting her out of town family as well as her rehearsal dinner. In return she took these beautiful photos for us and did a small feature on her blog.

"Sunset Hill is the latest from Noon Collection, a series of hospitality projects that offers nightly rentals for travelers and locals alike. They have spaces in LA as well as Big Bear, all of them thoughtfully curated living environments that combines the luxe touches of a boutique hotel (crisp sheets! impeccable design!) with the intimate, homey comforts of an AirBnB rental. Sunset Hill has 9 rooms, each with a queen sized bed and a private bath, as well as several inviting common areas. Ivan and I both agreed that it was the perfect setting for our two families to become acquainted over pizza and beer the night before our wedding!"