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Waldorf-Astoria OK'd (for now) in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton

May 13, 2008 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We always had a sneaking suspicion that the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills would turn into a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection and for now, it looks like it might.

The Beverly Hills City Council has approved the plans to demolish most of the existing Beverly Hills Hilton and in its place build a WAC hotel and two luxury condominium buildings. From San Jose Mercury News:

ilton Hotels Corp., which owns the Waldorf-Astoria brand, plans to demolish all structures on the nine-acre Beverly Hilton property except the existing hotel's main eight-story tower, said Beverly Hilton Vice President Corinne Verdery, who is in charge of the project.

In their place would stand a 170-room, five-star hotel, two luxury condo buildings with a total of about 100 units and a conference center, as well as a landscaped garden studded with public art works that would be accessible to the community, Verdery said.

While the garden is a nice concession, Beverly Hills residents are still concerned about traffic and they should be as the Santa Monica/Wilshire intersection where the hotel is located is already so jacked up. The residents are even starting a petition drive to derail the $500 million project.

What will happen to Trader Vic's inside the hotel? We don't know yet....

[Photo: Artanis Knarf]

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