Los Angeles Welcomes Visitors with Exciting New Hotels

Wilshire Grand Center | Rendering courtesy of AC Martin

With Los Angeles coming off its fourth straight record-setting year for visitors, L.A.’s increasing occupancy continues to encourage more hotel-development activity. Read on for our guide to new and upcoming hotels that are destined to become part of L.A.’s thriving lodging scene.

JW Marriott L.A. LIVE expansion | Rendering courtesy of AEG

JW Marriott L.A. LIVE Expansion

In March 2015, AEG announced a 755-room expansion of the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. Combined, the new project, along with the existing JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles will contain 1,756 rooms and over 200,000 square feet of function space, making it the second largest hotel in California. The new Gensler-designed, 38-story hotel tower will be directly connected to the existing 878-room JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and 123-room Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles hotels by a bridge across Olympic Boulevard. In addition to two levels of below-grade parking and ground level retail space, a second floor amenity deck will include a restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness center, executive lounge and pool area with cabanas. The new hotel rooms and facilities are scheduled to open in 2018.

Lobby of the InterContinental hotel | Rendering courtesy of Wilshire Grand Center, Facebook

Wilshire Grand Center

An InterContinental-branded hotel will be part of the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi River when the Wilshire Grand Center opens in 2017. The 900-room hotel will include a “sky lobby” on the 70th floor. The $1.1 billion project, which is being developed by Korean Air and Hanjin Group, will also include 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. When completed, Wilshire Grand Center will be about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower.

Metropolis Los Angeles | Rendering courtesy of Gensler

Hotel Indigo - Metropolis

China-based Greenland Group is developing Metropolis, a mixed-use project located just east of the Harbor Freeway in Downtown L.A. Metropolis will include a hotel under InterContinental Hotels Group’s Hotel Indigo brand. The 350-room hotel is slated to open in the summer of 2016.

Hotel Clark in Downtown L.A. | Photo by Daniel Djang

New York-based Chetrit Group is redeveloping Hotel Clark, housed in a 1912 building on Downtown L.A.’s Hill Street between Pershing Square and Angels Flight, into a boutique property. The 347-room hotel is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

Dream Hollywood | Rendering courtesy of Five Chairs Development

The Dream Hotels lifestyle brand is slated to open along Hollywood’s “Cahuenga Corridor” by the end of the year. The local outpost of Hampshire Hotels’ luxury-boutique badge will have 182 rooms.

James Los Angeles | Rendering courtesy of Sunset|La Cienega

The Jeremy - West Hollywood

Denihan Hospitality Group’s James luxury brand will make its West Coast debut in 2016 as part of CIM Group’s Sunset|La Cienega mixed-use project in West Hollywood. The James Los Angeles, which broke ground in June 2014, will total 286 rooms and includes two restaurants, a rooftop bar and about 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The project will also have a 190-unit residential building and about 40,000 square feet of retail space.

Edition West Hollywood | Rendering courtesy of Edition Hotels

The first U.S. West Coast property under Marriott International and Ian Schrager’s Edition lifestyle brand is scheduled to open on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in 2018. Developed by the Witkoff Group and New Valley, Edition West Hollywood will have 148 rooms.

Photo courtesy of Mama Shelter, Facebook

Budget-boutique chainlet Mama Shelter is nearing completion of its first U.S. property, which is located in central Hollywood and feature about 70 rooms. The hotelier, of which Sofitel parent Accor has a minority stake, has properties in Paris, Marseille and Istanbul.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Covell, Facebook

Hotel Covell

Hotel Covell opened in Los Feliz in February 2015. Located above Bar Covell, the “sip and stay” property has five uniquely decorated suites based on the life of fictional character George Covell, including Midwestern U.S., Paris and New York-themed rooms.

Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica | Rendering courtesy of City of Santa Monica

Anchoring the east end of the Colorado Esplanade project, two select-service hotels are slated to open in 2016 near what will be the western terminus of Metro Rail’s Expo Line in Santa Monica. Marriott’s Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica will have 134 rooms, while Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica will have 143 rooms. Both hotels will be near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Fifth Street, about four blocks east of the foot of the Santa Monica Pier.

Photo courtesy of Aloft El Segundo - Los Angeles Airport, Facebook

Opening in August 2015, Aloft El Segundo is L.A.'s first hotel under Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ boutique lifestyle brand. Located about two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, the hotel features 246 rooms, Aloft’s xyz(SM) bar and 14,000 square feet of meeting space.