New Hotels Emerge on LA’s Horizon

New hotels and those undergoing significant renovations or expansions are poised to entice visitors to Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Los Angeles is also a preferred destination for conventions, conferences and special events because of its year-round mild weather and access to world-class entertainment. The following is a summary of some of these new hotel developments. (Editor’s note: Media contacts are for media use only.)

DOWNTOWN

Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown (formerly the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens) — The Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown, formerly known as the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, opened in July 2012.  With its opening, the property debuts its refreshed Japanese-inspired rooftop garden, the hotel’s signature outdoor event and meeting space. The DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown’s renovation includes significant design and service upgrades to the hotel’s 434 guestrooms and suites, public spaces and corridors, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, business and fitness centers, and its legendary half-acre rooftop Japanese-style gardens. The hotel also features 15,000 square feet of flexible conference space, including the largest meeting room at 4,212 sq. ft., which can accommodate up to 650 guests. Situated one block from Los Angeles City Hall and Civic Center, the location of the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown is minutes from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Japanese American National Museum, Chinatown and Olvera Street.  120 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, 90012; 213.629.1200, www.losangelesdowntown.doubletree.com. Media contact: Laurie Calaunan, 213.253.9213, [email protected]

JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE — The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE opened in February 2010 as part of the $2.5-billion sports and entertainment complex developed by AEG. It was awarded the Silver LEED certification this year from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The hotel has 878 guest rooms, including 52 well-appointed suites, along with a 4,000-square-foot JW Marriott fitness center, located on the second floor, an outdoor pool and bar, and a spa with nine treatment rooms. The hotel’s LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon features modern American cooking with a California flair. The Gallery Collection features more than 77,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, including three floors of stacked ballrooms. With its central location in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Downtown district, the hotel provides a deluxe level of comfort and personal service within a unique environment designed to reflect its location. The property shares space with The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and The Ritz-Carlton Residences in a unique, 54-story tower, which was designed by Gensler and is one of the tallest mixed-use buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015; 800.228.9290, www.lalivemarriott.com. Media contact: Amy Campbell, 213.743.3664, [email protected]

The L.A. Hotel — The former Marriott Los Angeles Downtown has been renamed The L.A. Hotel and will undergo a $20-million renovation. The hotel will remain open for guests during renovation, says Shenzhen New World Group, the China-based company that owns the hotel. The completion date is expected to be spring 2013. Renovations will bring an all-new modern look to the hotel, including elegant and contemporary design and service upgrades to each of its 400 guest rooms and 69 suites, public spaces and corridors, meeting and event areas, business and fitness centers, restaurants and grand lobby. The minimalistic design will be reflected in the new carpeting, lighting, wall treatments, and furniture. Each guest room and suite will be redone to include a cheerful array of yellows, whites, reds and oranges. The more than 25,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, including its 23 versatile meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and nearly 4,000-square-feet of pre-function space, will receive exquisite new design upgrades as well as new floor plans. The L.A. Hotel is close to L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall and many major businesses. 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90071; 213.617.1133. www.thelahotel.com. Media contact:  Libby Zarrahy, 213.617.6036;  [email protected]

Luxe City Center Hotel — Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Luxe City Center Hotel has recently undergone renovations to all of its guestrooms, and completed renovations of its restaurant and bar at the end of July 2012. The former Holiday Inn Los the Luxe City Center Hotel in fall 2010. Part of an upscale, Los Angeles-based hotel chain, the newly branded property is a four-star-design-driven boutique hotel with 162 guest rooms and 16 suites in the heart of Downtown’s thriving entertainment district. Facilities include meeting and banquet space, a fitness center and business center. 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90015; 213.748.1291, www.luxecitycenter.com. Media contact: Kalea Dunkleman, Wagstaff Worldwide, 323.871.1151, [email protected]

Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott — In June 2012, developers broke ground on the $172-million, 373,000-square-foot hotel project in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.  The new hotel development -- comprising a 23-story high-rise housing a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott, including 11,754 square feet of meeting facilities and 5,100 square feet of restaurant space -- is slated to open in summer 2014.  The hotels represent the first dual construction of a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott on the West Coast. The Residence Inn by Marriott® will feature spacious suites equipped with full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. The hotel project will be managed by Marriott International. www.LALIVE.com, www.news.marriott.com. Media contact: Laurie Goldstein, 301.380.5296, [email protected]

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles — The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles opened in April 2010 as the cornerstone of L.A. LIVE, the $2.5-billion sports and entertainment complex adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The property has 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites. On the 26th floor, an outdoor, rooftop swimming pool and terrace offer guests a relaxing retreat from the city below. Poolside cabanas, new in summer 2011, have concierge service, seating for six, televisions, Internet access and complimentary fresh fruit.  The property also features a 3,400-square-foot signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, which also serves as the 23rd floor check-in area for guests. The Gallery Collection offers more than 77,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting room space. The hotel is home to WP24, a restaurant concept by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Another unique feature of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, is a combined Lobby Lounge and restaurant on the 24th floor with windows offering panoramic views of Downtown and surrounding Southern California. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles shares space with The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE and the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in a distinctive, 54-story tower designed by Gensler. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015; 800.241.3333, www.ritzcarlton.com. Media contact: Amy Campbell, 213.743.3664, [email protected]

HOLLYWOOD

Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood (formerly Hollywood Heights Hotel) — In March 2012, the former Hollywood Heights Hotel joined the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands as Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollwood. The 160-room property is a sophisticated, mid-range hotel at the gateway to Hollywood. The hotel features the Hilton Garden Inn Serta Perfect Sleeper as well as both wired and WiFi Internet access in guestrooms and public spaces. The hotel also features an ergonomic Mirra desk chair by Herman Miller; a spacious and clutter-free work desk; and two speaker telephones equipped with data ports and voice mail. Guests will also benefit from the complimentary 24-hour business center, featuring Print SpotsTM remote printing which allows wireless printing from any laptop or PDA. The hotel's recreational facilities consist of a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as a swimming pool and whirlpool. The hotel also features one meeting room offering 546 square feet of flexible space and the Great American Grill restaurant. 2005 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 90068; 323.876.8600, www.losangeleshollywood.hgi.com.  Media contact: Kathleen Cook, 323.762.1045, [email protected].    

Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa) -- Loews Hotels & Resorts purchased the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in June 2012. The hotel, now known as the Loews Hollywood Hotel, features 632 guestrooms, including 32 suites.  The property also features over 48,000-square-feet of meeting space. The property will remain open while undergoing a $26 million renovation beginning later this year. A cultural landmark, the hotel opened in 2001 and established itself as the premier location in the movie-making capital of the world. Set with spectacular views of the world-famous Hollywood sign and along the renowned Walk of Fame, the hotel rises 20 stories above the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The hotel's most defining features – the spa, pool terrace, restaurant and event space – will be enhanced and renovated. Wolfgang Puck Catering will continue to partner with Loews in the operation and catering of the 25,000-square-foot ballroom located in the Hollywood & Highland Center complex. 1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, 90028; 323.856.1200. www.loewshotels.com/Hollywood-Hotel/.  Media contact: Jennifer Duffy, 520.382.7775, [email protected]

The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine — The latest addition to the award-winning sbe Hotel Collection, the Redbury is situated at the City’s most well-known intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The hotel, which earned Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List Hotel” designation, opened in August 2010 with 57 thoughtfully appointed guest flats that exude a warm, bohemian/counter-culture feel with design elements drawn from a variety of Old-World cultures. Amenities include private balconies and patios, Italian linens, and 40- to 46-inch HD LCD televisions with DVR. The Cleo dining room serves lunch, dinner and late-night fare with an emphasis on the foods and cultures of the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean, with a selection of dishes prepared in a wood-burning oven. 1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 90028; 877.962.1717, www.theredbury.com; [email protected]. Media contact: Chris Walters, Harrison & Shriftman, 917.351.8630, [email protected] 

W Hollywood Hotel & Residences — W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which opened in January 2010, offers hotel, retail and luxury for-sale residences in Los Angeles. With 305 guest rooms, 143 W-branded residences, a signature restaurant, rooftop bar, branded 6,075-square-foot spa with retail space, and a 25-yard lap pool, the $360 million development at Hollywood & Vine offers a world-class lifestyle opportunity boasting W’s signature Whatever/Whenever service. The cutting-edge design includes luxury finishes, lush landscaping, artistic flair and innovative living spaces complete with dramatic views, premier nightlife and exclusive restaurants. In February 2011 the W Hollywood was awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for blending a modern lifestyle with a sustainable, green footprint. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90028; 323.798.1300, www.whotels.com/hollywood. Media contact: Tia Graham, 323.798.1320, [email protected]

WESTSIDE

Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles-Westside — The 368-room Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles-Westside opened in April 2011. Amenities include Sweet Dreams Beds by Doubletree, an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, 20,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, airport shuttle service, and the onsite, casual restaurant Share, featuring a selection of 32 wines by the glass. 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City, 90230; www.doubletree1.hilton.com. Media contact: Melissa Williams, 310.348.4511, [email protected]

Hotel Bel-Air — Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Bel-Air reopened Oct. 14, 2011, after 24 months of extensive refurbishment and redesign — a collaborative restoration effort between the internationally renowned design teams of Alexandra Champalimaud and Rockwell Group. Great care was taken to retain the familiar Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in “Bel-Air pink,” while a new generation of Bel-Air aesthetic is reflected through design themes representing the glamorous eras of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. The hotel reopened with 103 guest rooms and suites, featuring 12 new accommodations built into the hillside, offering sweeping canyon views, expansive sliding glass walls, outdoor fireplaces and spacious decks with private spa pools. In addition, there will be seven individually designed specialty suites, including the famed Grace Kelly Suite and a new, 6,775-square-foot Presidential Suite. New to the hotel is a 12,000-square-foot Spanish mission-style structure featuring a new bell tower, fitness studio and the 4,134-square-foot Spa by La Prairie. Hotel Bel-Air is the first U.S. hotel to launch an in-room body care product line designed by La Prairie. A Wolfgang Puck-managed restaurant called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air has the culinary concept of modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences. Meeting spaces include the Garden Ballroom and the executive boardroom. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, 90077; 310.472.1211, www.hotelbelair.com. Media contact: Leslie Lefkowitz, Hawkins International Public Relations, [email protected]

The Hotel Wilshire — Echoing the decidedly chic and contemporary vibe of its host city, The Hotel Wilshire is a 74-room boutique hotel with modern, plush accommodations that opened in September 2011. It has a Penthouse Suite that sports a 570-square-foot private patio and a rooftop pool with a breathtaking, 360-degree view of Los Angeles’ skyline. The rooftop restaurant serves “bold American” cuisine by celebrity chef Eric Greenspan with innovative twists on classic comfort foods. OSM Investment Company and Greystone Hotels, a leading West Coast hotel owner/hospitality company, added The Hotel Wilshire to its collection with designs by the award-winning Killefer Flammang Architects. The hotel uses sustainable resources and green building materials and is LEED-certified. 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90048; 323.852.6000, www.hotelwilshire.com. Media contact: Karen Gee-McAuley, Revelance PR, 818.541.7724; [email protected]

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Hotel Amarano Burbank — Formerly The Graciela, the Hotel Amarano is the only luxury boutique hotel in Burbank. Located in the heart of the entertainment district, just around the corner from Warner Bros. Studios and minutes from Universal Studios and NBC Studios, the hotel has 100 rooms and suites, all with full kitchenettes. Hotel Amarano completed renovations designed by Rossi Architecture Inc. in April 2012. The renovation included 32 additional rooms, a swimming pool, cabanas and fitness center. The hotel has more than 2,000 square feet of stylish meeting and event space, plus a business center with secretarial services. The garden rooftop sundeck overlooks the Hollywood Hills, while the Library Lounge features a new menu with selections from Chef Jose Sanchez, plus a new, extensive wine list. The Privato dining room serves American and Californian cuisine. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Bob Hope Airport. 322 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, 91505; 818.842.8877, www.hotelamarano.com. Media contact: Tom Whelan, 818.260.4750, [email protected]

COASTAL

Shore Hotel — A new, beachside retreat opened in 2011: the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. On the site of the former Pacific Sands and Travelodge, this boutique hotel stands out with its modern design and location across the street from the Santa Monica Pier and beach. The open-air, U-shaped hotel features a glass-walled lobby looking out at the ocean. The 164 teal and orange rooms have teakwood furniture and balconies. The luxury oceanfront hotel is the first and only newly constructed, LEED-registered hotel in Santa Monica. Amenities include free WiFi throughout the hotel, a 24-hour gym with a personal trainer, sightseeing tours, bike and inline-skate rentals, a solar-heated outdoor pool, a state- of-the-art meeting and event room, two restaurants and plenty underground parking. Pets are welcome. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 90401; 310.451.9895, www.shorehotel.com. Media contact: Morgan Fukumoto, Wagstaff Worldwide, 323.871.1151, [email protected]

Terranea Resort — Terranea Resort, set in the style of a Mediterranean estate and encompassing more than 102 oceanfront acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, opened its doors in June 2009. Located just 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, Terranea offers more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor meeting and event space, including an 18,000-square-foot Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom, the Marineland Ballroom, 15 breakout rooms and six boardrooms, as well as 75,000 square feet of outdoor function spaces offering breathtaking ocean views. The resort has 380 guestrooms, 32 villas and 50 casitas, as well as a variety of restaurants. Amenities include three pools, a nine hole golf course, and a 50,000-square-foot spa and fitness center featuring 25 treatment rooms. The oceanfront resort is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, with views of Catalina Island across the channel. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275; 310.265.2800, www.terranea.com. Media contact: Jessie Pound, 310.265.2800, [email protected].

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