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AKA Beverly Hills Undergoing Major Transformation and Will Open This Fall

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  Site Where: 155 N. Crescent Drive [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
June 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

The other week we popped into the AKA Beverly Hills with our camera eager and ready to snap pics of one of our favorite long-term stay hotel brands. (AKA actually prefers the term serviced apartments to extended-stay.) Yet upon meeting AKA execs in the stylish, residential apartment lobby, we were told that "all of this" was going to be redone.

"All of this?" we asked. "But it looks so good!" All of it, they told us. So it was pointless to take photos of suites and spaces that weren't going to be around much longer. Indeed, construction has already begun on the former apartment/townhome complex.

Up in the suites (which were formerly one and two-bedroom apartments), the major fixtures in the kitchens and the bathrooms as well as the in-unit laundry machines will not be changed but all the furniture, carpets and cabinets will be upgraded to reflect a more modern sensibility.

The furniture will actually be custom made for AKA. Plus, there will be new light fixtures put into the kitchens and the bathrooms. Renovations will also be done to the bi-level townhomes and penthouse suites that AKA will have on-hand as well.

Perhaps the biggest change to happen to the building will be at the residents-only courtyard overlooking Crescent Drive. The old courtyard has been cleared and AKA is building a new one with four private pockets for guests to hang out, get a drink or even do some work. Additionally, the facade of the building will get a new look as well.

Now, if you were hoping to come to Beverly Hills for a weekend and live it up at the AKA, we're sorry to burst your bubble but this AKA will require a 30-day minimum stay. Which works out to be about $10,000 for a month. So this place is best for those that need to be in Los Angeles for a month or more but don't want the cold anonymity of hotel living nor the day-to-day expenses like WiFi, telephone or parking, which are all complimentary at AKA.

AKA will however have some hotel services on hand like in-suite dining, a concierge, housekeeping, a business center (with complimentary services) and a fitness center. AKA Beverly Hills was initially set to open this spring but the new opening date has now been set as "Fall." That give us just enough time to come up with a good reason to vacate our house for a month and check-in to the AKA.

[Top Photo: HotelChatter; Renderings courtesy of AKA Beverly Hills]

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