The Bonaventure hotel is one of LA’s most iconic buildings. Its been used as a location for dozens of movies many of which are proudly mentioned on plaques placed around the hotel. When it was built in 1976 it was the tallest building in downtown Los Angeles, but now it’s dwarfed by a number of skyscrapers. Over thirty years later the futuristic architecture is still very cool, and the elevators are as fast as an amusement ride, only with a better view.
No, I’m not the view. My husband took these photos as we made our way to the famous rotating bar on the top floor. Over my shoulder you can see the lights of the city. The glass elevators start in the lobby and then shoot up past the ceiling to fly along the exterior of the building.
Wait, did I just say ROTATING rooftop bar? Why yes I did. If you didn’t see enough from the elevator head to the top floor, order yourself a drink, and take in a 360 degree view of the City of Angels. When I was young my parents would take me to the Bonaventure to ride the elevators. Later I’d order a Shirley Temple and watch as the world slowly spun around me. Now I order a Cosmopolitan instead.
The Bonaventure simply oozes 70’s glamour. At the time it must have been the hight of modern cool. Now it’s slightly faded and rather dated but it’s still a lot of fun. I couldn’t help but want to dress up in 1970’s inspired evening apparel including a swirl print strapless maxi dress, short fur coat and mile-high orange platforms.
- Maxi dress – Veronica M
- Short fur coat – Gallery purchased at Nordstrom
- Snake bracelet – Gilt.com
- Platform sandals – Charles Jordan
Are you familiar with the Bonaventure hotel? Any stories you’d like to tell? What do you think of the glam 70’s look? Would you wear it yourself?