Harrison Ford’s Son’s House Where Katy Perry Live-Streamed Her Life is Now LA’s Smallest Hotel

There are a lot of strange hotels in the world, and hotels with strange stories, for instance the US Department of Veterans Affairs owns a boutique property in Paris.

Now there’s the new Hotel Kim Sing in Los Angeles between downtown and Chinatown. It’s at least tied for being the smallest hotel in LA rented just as a single booking.


Credit: Hotel Kim Sing

The 1926 property opened as a Vaudeville house. The Zuit Suit Riots — June 1943 attacks on minorities by white American servicemen — reportedly began here. In the late 1960s it became “a movie theater showing kung fu films.”

Harrison Ford’s son William acquired the property and renovated it in 2000. He lived there and used it as a “furniture and fashion showroom.”

Katy Perry renovated it again and used it this summer to live stream her life for three days in advance of the release of her album Witness.

Now it’s a hotel. The property features “it has three bedrooms that can sleep 10 with en suite bathrooms, but is reserved as one single unit (from $1,199/night)” and a “2,200-square-foot courtyard festooned with bistro lights and palm trees, plus a view of the top of downtown’s skyscrapers.” (Update: the hotel says the property is available from $990.)

Inside, there are original bow-truss ceilings and masonry exposed brick walls. Thanks to Perry, the sloping property now has a groovy ’60s-feeling, velvet-clad “conversation pit” and pillow-laden, all-white meditation dome that was custom-constructed by hand in a loft space. The design is expected to change in the future, as those running the hotel like the idea of playing with it and evolving the look.

The full kitchen is cool blue and modulated, with a distinct ’70s vibe. (The fridge even matches the pastel cabinetry.) A movie theater is the place Perry used as her “confessional room.” The decor is light and bright throughout, with a pink shag carpet, retro floral wallpaper and midcentury bedside tables in the master and a bright blue door with original bathroom signs (ladies and gents in Chinese characters) for the powder room.


Credit: Hotel Kim Sing

There’s no loyalty program, and no leveraged way to use points here.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I love posts that have no loyalty value. Also, I would have described the color of the kitchen as “Swimming Pool Blue.” But that’s just me 🙂

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