Martyn Lawrence Bullard often seeks inspiration from the past for its works, rather than following particular updated trends. The results unravel into the top interior designer‘s unique style that is easily identified and also highly coveted. So, when PRG Hospitality Group announced plans to open a boutique hotel in Los Angeles’ Whitley Heights, Bullard was a natural choice.
The Prospect Hollywood is an elegant 1939 Hollywood Regency-style building in the neighbourhood of Whitley Heights. As the home for stars like Rudolph Valentino, Jean Harlow and James Dean, the neighbourhood has become symbolic as the birthplace of what is now Hollywood. It continues to be one of the primary creative and cultural hubs in Los Angeles. Today, the Prospect Hollywood has undergone a transformative restoration, while paying homage to the history and authenticity inherent in the architecture and neighbourhood. Reimagined by PRG Hospitality Group in collaboration with designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the luxury hotel has been updated with a sophisticated sensibility, while incorporating the glamour of the era. Using custom and vintage furnishings, the Prospect presents each guest with a distinct experience.
This exclusive hotel offers 24 unique guest rooms, including two junior suites. Each Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed room was inspired by the property’s Hollywood history and former neighbourhood residents. Bullard brings each room to new life with a Hollywood Regency foundation incorporating custom furnishings and vintage accents. Each room is uniquely designed to have its own look and feel.
The hotel’s 24 suites are categorized into guest rooms and king rooms. There are four different guest room designs, and each king room is different from the next. Gold-leafed ceilings and custom wallpaper, leopard-print carpeting, vintage furniture, and an array of artwork are some of the guest room highlights.
Some suites have kitchens, others have claw-foot tubs in the middle of the bedroom. There are no rules, and surprises can be found around every corner. In the king rooms, each suite is inspired by a specific Hollywood icon. The Mata Hari suite—one of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s favourites—features chinoiserie-sheathed walls topped with photographs of Greta Garbo and old movie posters. Mirrored finishes, metallic trim, and vintage crystal stemware tie the space together. Odd bits of memorabilia, vintage postcards, and even old movie tickets can be found throughout the suite as well.