Le Petit Paris

418 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, California
Le Petit Paris

Jill Stewart

In the booming Los Angeles of 1913, Hotel Stowell opened on Spring Street, then known as Wall Street of the West. The hotel stood out for its vivid facade and artsy Earnest A. Batchelder tiles in the lobby, and Charlie Chaplin lived there. Decades later the Stowell had devolved to a flophouse called the El Dorado Hotel. Not long ago, the above-ground floors were given new life as the luxury El Dorado Lofts. Now, the original grand lobby and mezzanine have been repurposed by Cannes restauranteurs David and Fanny Rolland into Le Petit Paris, an elegant, natural light-filled eatery that boasts soaring ceilings, a sweeping staircase, outsized crystal chandeliers, massive mirrors and arresting two-story-tall photo murals of the Eiffel Tower.

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