Paying homage to the arts district in which it is situated, a striking purple façade with drawn curtains, living wall scattered with succulents, and multi-tiered chandelier at its entrance set the stage, inviting guests into the colourful world created by renowned architecture and interior design firm Dianna Wong. After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation in 2016, the 238 room hotel carries a dramatic Art Deco meets art nouveau design throughout, pulled together with cohesive yet bold colour palette of royal magenta, cream and pops of gold.
At 340 square feet, deluxe queen rooms with views of the adjoining lake are minimally decorated in calming white and black anchored by hardwood floors, a large flatscreen television and granite bathroom.
Silver Trumpet, the hotel’s signature restaurant is a lesson in what can be achieved through nuanced flavour, good technique and creative twists; and at its helm, Chef Hector Zamora, whose dinner menu shows all three in spades. Start with an order of the charred Brussels sprouts with toasted cashews and sweet soy glaze (you’ll crave it for days afterward), followed by the perfectly caramelized pan seared scallops (read: golden brown), with creamy pea puree, wild mushrooms and surprising hearts of palm with pickled mustard seeds (some of the best we’ve had). The rack of lamb is beautifully kissed by the grill, imparting just the right amount of smoke to accompany the mint chimichuri, roasted vegetables and sweet corn puree, while the Chilean sea bass with fennel velouté is simplicity defined. The charming outdoor patio, with all white furniture, fire pits and heat lamp umbrellas make for a romantic setting.
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Set on three acres and surrounded by an attractive lake (frequented by all manner of avian life), the quiet location is perfect for relaxing in a private cabana by the pool or on the balcony of your room. avenueoftheartshotel.com
This original article on California first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.