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Downtown LA's Latest Hotel Scene Is An Ace, a Virgin, and a King

March 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

It's been a longtime coming but it looks like Downtown Los Angeles is about to get the hotel renaissance it so desperately needs. With the exception of the awful tragedy last month, the chatter about the downtown LA hotel scene has us tremendously excited. Here are updates on the hotels we look forward to seeing:

ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA: So far things are still very much a go for the Ace Hotel and its website promises a 2013 opening. Yay! We can't wait to see what they do with the landmarked United Artists building, a former movie theater built in 1927. We're guessing the vibe will be film noir heavy but don't forget, this Ace will also have a pool.

KING & GROVE: In late 2011, we were psyched to hear that King & Grove would be opening not one, but two hotels in downtown LA. The first will be in the old Hotel Clark at Fourth and Hill. The second will be in the old Embassy Hotel at Ninth and Grand which is actually the historic Trinity Auditorium building. This property would be renamed the Empire Hotel. We've put in a line to K&G to have them update us on the status of their hotels but so far, we don't see much action happening. Hopefully that changes soon.

VIRGIN HOTELS: According to Brigham Yen, an expert on downtown LA, Virgin Hotels is definitely interested in downtown Los Angeles. Allie Hope, the official development rep for Virgin Hotels told Yen back in October, "We really like the vibe of downtown and what’s happening there." YES. This would be awesome for the area. Please make it happen Sir Richard!

RENAISSANCE HOTEL: After ceding its Hollywood location to Loews Hotels, Marriott's Renaissance Hotels brand is heading downtown. Plans were announced the other week to build a brand new building for the Renaissance, right next to the forthcoming Courtyard By Marriot/Residence Inn hybrid which is also next to the J.W. Marriott at LA Live which is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton. The 450-room will break ground next year and open in 2016. Renaissance is not exactly the indie vibe we're looking for, but it will be new and you can earn/use Marriott Rewards points there.

You tell us: will you stay downtown on your next visit to Los Angeles? Sound off in comments below!

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