About Time: You Discovered the Hotel Kim Sing, Los AngelesBy Angelica Malin
In this instance, the word ‘hotel’ is very misleading. The Kim Sing is so much more than a hotel. So, so much more. Read on to find out why this is the city’s best kept secret:
There’s something very special about this Chinatown hotel. You’ll feel the history of the space the second you step inside – originally a vaudeville theatre built in 1926, the property was beautifully, impressively redesigned in 2000 as a 3,500 sq. ft residence. It re-opened to the public in 2017, for the first time in 20 years – there’s literally history and creativity in every inch of the space. It’s a hotel, but not one like you’ve ever visited before, with almost 100 years of history to its name. Celebrated as one of the most interesting and unusual venues in LA (often used for parties, photoshoots and events), it’s a feat of design and architecture that can be yours privately for the weekend or longer. I mean, just look at those clean lines and the expanse of space.
The Kim Sing Theatre is now open to public for the first time in over 10 years. The theatre has been converted into a stunning event space, or an overnight hotel for up to 9 guests sleeping comfortably in the beautiful space. This is a hotel rich in history – it was originally opened in 1926 as a vaudeville house, later as a set for Kung Fu films and later left empty. The property was originally renovated by William Ford, son of Harrison Ford, who owned the property since 2000. The property has been wonderfully resorted, with modern fittings, such as a large kitchen, internal courtyard and AV room. In late 2016, real estate firm Indra & Co obtained the property and there’s plans for it to become a restaurant and coffee shop this summer. Good stuff.
If you want to experience something very special, this is the place for you. At the Hotel Kim Sing, you can experience Downtown Los Angeles in a historic theatre setting. It’s the ideal place for groups; the residence can sleep up in 9 people, across three bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms. There’s some really great amenities at the residence, including the perfect set-up for a movie night: 65″ HDTV with cable and Chromecast, projector and indoor/outdoor speaker systems.
There’s all the privacy you could want here with your own private courtyard, private garage entry with two parking spaces and laundry facilities. It’s the perfect place for a big group of friends, with a spacious full kitchen, ideal for hosting dinner parties. We loved the luxury in-room amenities, too, such as luxury toiletries, quality linens and Casper mattresses. What’s more, there’s an on-site speciality coffee shop in the residence, SPLA, to pick up your morning brew and lots of great shops in the local area.
Downtown Los Angeles has so much to offer, from great restaurants to lively bars and top art galleries. The central business district of LA, Downtown is remarkably shiny and sexy compared to the rest of the city. There’s some note-worthy attractions a stone’s throw from the Kim Sing, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad, Grand Park and Union Station. For food, you can’t miss a visit to Grand Central Market, which is a great European-style food hall with a range of cuisines, bars and restaurants to discover. Hotel Kim Sing is a great gateway to the area; the prime location of the hotel makes it the perfect base for exploring Downtown LA.
I mean, the Hotel Kim Sing is really something very special indeed. The sheer amount of space in the property is like nothing else in LA, and allows you to relax and breathe like never before in a hotel. The facilities of the property are really 5*, with fantastic film and movie equipment to make the perfect night-in with friends. Bring the popcorn, the hotel has everything else. If you’re looking for something truly different in Los Angeles, we cannot recommend a stay at this Downtown LA hotspot more.
Hotel Kim Sing is at 718 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information and to book, see their website here.