A Garden-Filled Hotel Grows In Downtown LA
In case you haven't been keeping up, there's lots of hotel action afoot in Los Angeles these days. Along with the announcement of an Ace Downtown LA, plus the recent total and utter Marriott-ization of the LA Live complex, plus rumors of Hyatt taking over the former Downtown LA Marriott....well, like we said, there's a lot afoot.
Now, the LA Times reports that a group of developers are ready to move on the $31 million conversion of an old three-story apartment building near the Staples Center into a 44-room, "park-like" hotel. And as the renderings show, it will be "park-like" indeed: an abundance of trees, plants and ivy will sprout from the hotel's courtyard and landscaped rooftop, giving it a Secret Garden-type look.
Though, aside from all the shrubbery, another detail that caught our eye was the "separate glassed-in structure for an artist-in-residence" that will hang over Hope St. And writers-in-residence? Where will their structure go?
The LA Times reports that the developers will be submitting their proposal to the city this week, and hope to begin construction in early 2013.
The original building is apparently a former drug den, and was built over a century ago, when downtown LA was a bustling financial center of the city, with Bank of America, Farmers and Merchants Bank, and the Crocker National Bank all setting up headquarters along Spring St, and big, classic hotels like The Biltmore still ranking among the area's architectural highlights.
The new, unnamed hotel hopes to be "unpretentious but upscale." Which is another way of saying expensive—though so far, the renderings give us hope. Specifically, a rooftop pool that will be flanked by suites that hover on pillars on top of the rest of the hotel. Unpretentious, indeed!
[Photo: Sam Marshall]