In the last year, three of the most historic Los Angeles area hotels from the early 20th century (all three were completed in 1926) have quietly and magnificently been restored to their former glory. While LA has some of the newest and fanciest high-tech hotels in America, if you are planning a night or weekend out, you might want to consider these gems.

The first, the Villa Carlotta, was actually an apartment complex built by the first major Hollywood studio head, Thomas Ince. William Randolph Hearst is rumored to have financed the completion of the building after shooting Ince dead on his yacht in 1924. The Villa housed a host of Hollywood icons including David O. Selznick, Marion Davies, Montgomery Clift, and gossip columnist Louella Parsons, whose write-ups were delivered to a courier from her apartment window. Now, the historic landmark has been restored with oversight from the Hollywood Heritage Museum and the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources. Various celebrities tend to rent out its extended stay rooms, and no two units share the same layout. Almost all of the original moldings, cabinetry, sinks, doors and windows have been preserved, and many rooms have Juliet balconies, wrought-iron window grilles, and views of the Hollywood sign.

The Hotel Figueroa in the South Park area of Downtown originally opened as an exclusive women's hostel operated by the YWCA. Advertised as "financed, built and operated by and for femininity", it was the largest project of its kind in the United States to be financed, owned, and operated by women. Restored to its original Spanish Colonial splendor by a Santa Monica design agency that installed a lobby art gallery featuring a newly acquired permanent collection of all female artists, the hotel hosts a literary collection of Los Angeles based authors and a schedule of women-centric events that kicked off with the YWCA’s annual meeting. We housesellers have to admit the concept is certainly innovative in this day and age.

The Mayfair in Westlake is famous for being the site of the first Oscar after party in 1929, as well as being the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it opened in 1926. Restored to its Roaring '20s glory by an LA-based Icelandic architect, an original set of drawings from 1923 and '24 served as the inspiration for the renovation. The original flooring, brass fixtures, and fluted column pillars have all been preserved (again with the help of the Los Angeles Historical Society), but modern touches include the Library Bar and Eve American Bistro, where you can order inventive new cocktails and bites to eat. But, to get a greater sense of the neighborhood’s Jazz Age allure, wander along 6th street. There you can eat enchiladas in one of the oldest remaining buildings on Wilshire Boulevard (built in 1905), which is now Mexican restaurant La Parrilla, or have a steak dinner at the Pacific Dining Car, which was established in 1921.