July 2014 Lodging Metrics

09/05/2014

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 • Los Angeles ranked 7th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 87.1% (a historical monthly high), up +2.2% compared to the same period last year (85.2%). 

 • Los Angeles ADR was $154.40 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +10.0% compared to the same period last year ($140.34).

 • Los Angeles RevPAR was $134.41 (a historical monthly high) and ranked 7th among the Top 25 Markets, up +12.5% compared to the same period last year ($119.51).

• Rooms nights sold were 2.63 million countywide (a historical monthly high), reflecting a +3.3% increase over July 2013 (2.55 million room nights). 

• The LAX area (93.2%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (90.0%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month.  

•  Downtown L.A. (+21.3%) and the LAX area (+13.9%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

Zoe Nathan

Zoe Nathan's Los Angeles

09/04/2014

Zoe Nathan

Zoe Nathan describes herself as a baker with a love of preparing all things dough and dessert related. Her approach to baking is centered around the use of great ingredients, a healthy mix of sweet and salty, and her personal adage about baking dark that “color is flavor.” Nathan infuses this philosophy into all four of the restaurants she co-owns with her husband Josh Loeb: Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Huckleberry Café and Bakery, Sweet Rose Creamery, and Milo and Olive. Read on for 10 of Zoe Nathan's favorite restaurants in L.A.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

Wiebke Schuster

In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

“Pope of Broadway” by Eloy Torrez

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Murals

09/02/2014

Ron Dollete

Murals are a city's urban canvas, expressing the history, concerns and aspirations of a community. Though they are susceptible to weather, vandalism and decay, murals are also freely visible and open for all to enjoy. For generations, Los Angeles has been renowned as one of the world’s great mural capitals. Latino artists and their culture are an integral part of the city’s mural heritage. You can travel between multicultural neighborhoods and view murals as if they’re on display in the wings of a vast, concrete museum. Here are ten exemplary pieces to discover throughout L.A.

Culver Hotel exterior at night

The Culver Hotel Celebrates 90th Anniversary

09/02/2014

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The Culver Hotel once again shines as the jewel of downtown Culver City. New ownership and an extensive renovation have brought the landmark 46-room hotel into the modern era, and it’s ready to celebrate its 90th birthday in style.

Chocolate chip rye cookies and more at The Sycamore Kitchen

The Best Cookies in Los Angeles

08/28/2014

Joshua Lurie

In Los Angeles, creativity knows no bounds, whether it's movies, music, art, architecture…or cookies. Yes, L.A. chefs have drawn on classic flavor combinations, fun riffs on other foodstuffs, and unbridled imagination to develop an array of cookies that warrant crosstown drives. Learn about 14 of the best cookies in Los Angeles.

Carnival at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Los Angeles Event Spotlight: September 2014

08/26/2014

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For most of the country, Labor Day Weekend means the unofficial start of the fall. Here in Los Angeles, the endless summer continues with a variety of events throughout the city, from must-see concerts to spectacular walking dinosaurs and the world’s largest lobster festival. Read on for highlights of an exciting month of events in L.A.

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