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Old L.A.: Seedy Hotel (Starter)

by Flora2 Posted 12th Dec 2019 at 9:17 PM
16 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 13 Thanks Posts
I needed some quick and easy starter residentials in my Boroughsburg savegame, and I decided to use the exterior of the seedy cheap Hollywood hotel from the videogame L.A. Noire, namely the Hotel El Mar. According to the receptionist guy: 'This isn't the sort of place where people use their real name' when they check in, so I thought it would fit into Boroughsburg 'nicely', and I liked the exterior anyway.

This is a Late Night-type apartment building (have to be placed on Residential/Regular), which is disguised as a vintage, '40s-style, noir-ish hotel, with a reception hall, 'public phone booth', and a studio hotel room with kitchenette + 1BA for the active household. Three more darkened units for NPCs. Almost entirely decorated as if we are in the '40s - the only exception is a notebook I placed in the public area, but if you want to play vintage, you can replace it with a CC typewriter, of course. The active living area is only a hotel room, with basic furniture, since I wanted it for starter singles or couples who can't afford having too much stuff. The store downstairs is decorative only, with black walls and a public room marker (to prevent sims being stuck there).

Of course, this apartment can not only be used in Boroughsburg, it's suitable for any historical urban downtown area, pre-war style small towns, maybe even in Roaring Heights. I didn't use much terrain paint because I mostly use it in Boroughsburg and that world is properly urban-looking-terrain-painted everywhere.

Playtested. No CC! - EPs needed to exactly look like on the pics: World Adventures, Late Night, Ambitions, Generations, Showtime, Seasons, University Life and Island Paradise - AND you need Roaring Heights standard version installed (wall paper, some deco objects).

Lot Size: 15x25
Lot Price (furnished): 12,894
Lot Price (unfurnished): 2,113

Additional Credits:
- to Jje1000, the creator of the custom world Boroughsburg that can be seen on my pics;
- to the art design team of L.A. Noire for the exterior, and for heavily influencing the interiors as well.

Number of bedrooms:
      Studio: No seperate bedroom
Custom Content Included:
      None: No Custom Content included
      Starter Furnishings: Lot is furnished similar to how one would expect a real life furnished house or apartment to be
Special Flags:
      Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Showtime Seasons University Life Island Paradise
Built with Game Version: 1.67
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Hotel El Mar.rar

Size: 2.75 MB · Downloads: 2,749 · 12th Dec 2019
2.75 MB 2,749 12th Dec 2019
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 12:20 AM Last edited by Melysa1973 : 13th Dec 2019 at 12:47 AM.
I love your vintage buildings. This building looks like some very nefarious deals have gone down there!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 3:52 AM
Fabulous! Thank you, will add this to my BB save
Top Secret Researcher
#4 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 5:31 AM
I can almost hear the bedbugs plotting our demise. You have a way of transporting us to a different time and place that is utterly convincing. My game would be a much duller place without your lots. Thanks!!
#5 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 8:22 AM
It fits perfectly! Thank you for another fantastic lot!
#6 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 10:54 AM
Love your L.A. series of buildings. This would look good next to a "Nighthawks" style diner. Thanks
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 2:49 PM
Yay!! A place for unsavory liaisons! I can always use more of those. Thanks!
Field Researcher
#8 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 5:26 PM
Oof! I'm hoping to get a PC setup in the new year so I can get back to TS3. This is deffo going on my download list so my Sim can have sleazy affairs with vampires.

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Top Secret Researcher
#9 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 6:41 PM
Lovely, as usual!
Forum Resident
#10 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 6:47 PM
Love the realsim in this building design! And the ample space for sims to move around the rooms. Perfect choice of car to go with the house :) Breathtaking work.
#11 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 10:46 PM
Using that wall texture to get the faux architrave is so clever! So here for this kind of build! :D
Forum Resident
#12 Old 14th Dec 2019 at 1:19 AM
I just love this. Thanks!
#13 Old 14th Dec 2019 at 9:39 PM
I have to say: your lots are basically auto-download for me. They work really well in my own vision of old-time California coastal towns, weatherbeaten & not too prosperous.
Forum Resident
#14 Old 15th Dec 2019 at 4:53 AM
Dope.. I can imagine a detective living there who is having marital problems.
Original Poster
#15 Old 15th Dec 2019 at 11:13 PM
Thank you for your comments, I'm glad if anyone else can use this lot. While building, I also felt something nefarious/ominous here (not exactly secret affairs, originally in LA Noire this location is a shelter of fraud which escalates quickly to homicide), but looking at the pics, it looks more innocent than I expected.
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 24th May 2020 at 12:21 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this seedy hotel! It was just what I needed in my story!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 12th Apr 2021 at 2:24 PM
OMG your work is incredible. Its obvious to see you've put so much work into these builds. thank you