Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2018

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e first luxury Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, this destination-focused property takes a boutique-inspired approach to its design and amenities and melds it with the proven protocols and service standards that are hallmarks of a respected brand. In addition to the aforementioned golf course, the property boasts 393 spacious guest rooms (112 with private balconies); Jute, a knock-your-socks off indoor-outdoor restaurant that celebrates farm-to-table freshness; unique meeting and banquet facilities; an outdoor pool; and, a CrossFit-inspired fitness center. The westdrift moniker is derived from the area's history. Before the area was part of the LA metropolis, it was known for the fine sand that would get whipped up by coastal westerly winds. The sand was so coveted, that for two decades tons and tons of it were shipped to Waikiki, Hawaii to help build up their beaches. A coin flip at the dawn of the 20th century decided Manhattan Beach's name. "Manhattan" is a reference to developer Stewart Merrill's New York City borough, and "Beach" was added two decades later at the urging of the postmaster. Design elements throughout westdrift incorporate an East Coast-meets-West Coast theme. In the skylight-lit lobby, exposed concrete pillars have been treated to resemble pier posts. ey are ringed with gold bands that hold mid-century- inspired sconces at the mid-point, and leather sleeves near the base. Decorative gold screening sugests lobster traps. Board and batten on the wall behind the bed in guest rooms is an idea culled from the East Coast, while the design of the leather headboard is a nod to a vintage Louis Vuitton golf bag from the early 1900s. e neutral, driftwood-colored palette selected for case goods, wallpaper and window treatments in the guestrooms is reminiscent of both the haze that often greats early morning surfers in nearby South Bay, as well as weathered shingles endemic to homes on the East Coast. 34 slmag.net Artwork by Eric Zener is the focal point of the lobby. e terrace at Jute overlooks the golf course. e open floorplan lobby is a hub of activity. A Gather Suite bedroom

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