Its name is a subtle nod to the Gaelic translation of Cara, meaning “friend,” and the new Cara Hotel in Los Angeles is the type of friend we love to have — it embodies the calm and comforting California spirit we’re so fond of. Located just down the street from Rue HQ in Los Feliz, the 60-room hotel was originally built as a 1950s-era motel. Over 18 months, the property was lovingly restored and transformed.

Though it’s close to the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, stepping inside feels as though you’ve been transported to a small boutique hotel in the Spanish countryside. The interior and exterior spaces, including the addition of a dining venue, expansive outdoor seating areas, and a tranquility pool, feature an unfussy palette composed of neutral tones and textures: light oak herringbone and limestone floors, cream-colored textiles, and handcrafted elements from local artists, including photography by Natalie Obradovich and Isabelle Aubin. 100-year-old olive trees surround the patio, while the open-air layout allows for the SoCal breeze to blow through.

The hotel aims to be a destination for out-of-towners (the central location, just at the base of Griffith Park, makes it easy to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer) as well as a welcome hangout for locals. “As a California native, it is clear that the essence of what makes the area so special and inviting has been effortlessly captured in all elements of Cara – from the highest level of warmth and hospitality to the thoughtful design of the property,” Shane Forster, General Manager of Cara, shared in a recent press release. “We are devoted to fostering experiences grounded in the beauty of our surroundings.” With this approach, guests and visitors alike will leave feeling revived by their time at Cara, which is exactly what this year needs.

Learn more about rooms and rates here, and follow Cara Hotel on Instagram at @cara_hotel.