Lotsa New Looks and a Not-Yet Open Hotel For LA
Once again, here's your semi-regular update on the Los Angeles hotel scene....
The Loews Santa Monica: We've been chronicling the exterior update to the Loews Santa Monica since the beginning of the year. The other day we drove by at sundown and noticed special light projections on the exterior as well as a living wall. Pretty! But it turns out changes were happening on the inside as well. Guestrooms have new glass balconies that enable better enjoyment of the Pacific Ocean views. Later this year the pool will get premium poolside cabana rooms and beach-level rooms that will have residential-style patios, complete with fire pits. Rates at the hotel start at $498 a night for a weekend in mid-May. Ocean view rooms are more at $588.
The Moment: Last we checked in on The Moment, the new boutiquey hotel in Hollywood (above), the place had missed its planned February opening. Looking on the hotel website today, we still can't book a room for tonight or later this weekend or the first of May. We were, however, able to find a room in mid-May for $235 a night for a queen bed. That includes free WIFi and complimentary bikes. While the website may not have room rezzies open for tonight at this time, it does sport some cool new photos of the rooms. If you can splurge, the king suite patio at 600-sq.ft. looks the coolest with two flat-screen TVs and even a Keurig machine.
The Beverly Hills Hotel: After completing a reno on their public spaces, The Pink Palace on Sunset has just finished up a "refresh" on their famed Polo Lounge. But don't fret, designer Adam Tihany left the familiar green and white stripes and similar color scheme intact. What is new however, are the carpets and upholsteries which add a residential feel to the restaurant. And most of the fixtures, lighting and furniture were replaced and the walls are now covered with dark paneling and accented with ornate mirrors and historic images.
Outside on the patio, there's enhanced heating options, a new sound system and improved lighting. The tables even sport new linens and Riedel glassware. Oh, and the hostesses also have a new stand to work at. Up next for the hotel? New pool cabanas and a fresh look for the Cabana cafe. Plus, all guestrooms and suites will be updated by the summer of 2014.
[Photos: HotelChatter/The Beverly Hills Hotel]