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Proper Hotels Heading to Downtown LA

July 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

Proper Hotels, the new hip hotel brand from the founders of Viceroy Hotels, has just announced a location for its second Proper property--Downtown Los Angeles.

Developers Frank Stork, Channing Henry and The Kor Group teamed up to buy the historic 1924 YWCA building at 11th and Broadway (aka The Case Hotel.) We reported on this purchase back in December 2013 and wondered if the building would turn into a Viceroy. Now we know it's going to be a Proper sort of joint.

The historic building will undergo extensive redesign and redevelopment over the next year and a half in order to open as a Proper Hotel in 2017. Here are some brief details on what will be inside when it opens:

The new hotel, located on the border of Downtown’s Historic and Fashion Districts, will reside in the 13-story red brick and stone masonry building. Amenities include a destination restaurant, a rooftop pool and lounge, and the conversion of some of the building’s historic, double-height spaces into unique suites and public areas.

The team is thrilled to be one of the key players in the redevelopment of South Broadway, an active area whose nearby projects include hundreds of apartment units under construction along Broadway and 11th, the Hearst Herald Examiner renovation, and the City’s planned streetcar construction that will stop in front of the hotel, directly connecting Broadway to the Convention Center, 6 blocks away, as well as the Disney Concert Hall and Broad Museum in Bunker Hill.

Proper will open their first hotel in San Francisco by the end of the year. The company also runs the Avalon Hotels in Beverly Hills and Palm Springs.

[Photo: Google Street View]

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Hotel Indigo to Get Down with Downtown LA in Late 2016

June 1, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

We've said it before but Downtown LA is in the midst of awesome renaissance. What was historically a business district is now a lifestyle-oriented live/work/play destination. And you know what that means--more millennial hotels.

By the end of next year, another new (hotel) kid on the block is scheduled to open its uber-hip doors as Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles.

According to a press release, the new 350-room Hotel Indigo is being developed by Greenland USA (American division of China based Greenland Group) as part of a much larger project, aptly named Metropolis, designed by global architect Gensler.

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Level DTLA Will Give DTLA Another Level of Accommodations

Where: 888 South Olive Street [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States
March 12, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the neighborhood to stay in, or at least visit, in Los Angeles with options ranging from The Ace Hotel, the quirky Hotel Figueroa and the luxe Ritz-Carlton. And now here comes Level DTLA, an residential-style, extended stay property, from LEVEL Furnished Living, set to open this summer.

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Crazy But True: Roberto Cavalli is Working on a Luxury Hotel for DTLA

February 24, 2015 at 5:39 PM | by | ()

Downtown Los Angeles is in the middle of a certified hotel boom, echoing the larger development boom that is happening in this often overlooked area of Los Angeles. There's the Ace Hotel (which we know and love), the just-opened hybrid Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott, along with the forthcoming massive InterContinental Hotel, a hip Freehand Hotel/Hostel and the pending new look of the old-school Hotel Figueroa.

And in a few years, there will be a luxury hotel from Roberto Cavalli. Seriously.

DTLA's man about town, Brigham Yen reports that the new Figueroa Central complex, which just broke ground across from the Staples Center, has released the details on the planned 183-room hotel. And Roberto Cavalli, through the Dubai-based Pragma Group, will be doing the branding of the hotel.

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Hotel Figueroa to Suffer a Modern Makeover Next Year

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  Site Where: 939 South Figueroa Street #930 [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

File under things you already knew: Downtown LA is, apparently, the place to be. File under things you might not have known: Downtown LA has the best preserved pre-1950s buildings in the United States. Really! When you wander around like we did the other week, saying “Why, it’s like Chicago, but better,” it really is. Which is why we’re sad to hear of the renovations coming up at one of its most historic hotels, the Figueroa.

This HC member only got her first glimpse of the Fig this month, but one foot in the door was enough to know it was true love*. The coffin-shaped pool. The Moroccan interiors. The belly dancers entertaining a Christmas party in the bar, while off duty cops ate in the kasbah-like lobby. It was like a film set. My god, this is what America is all about!

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Get on Your Bike and Tour Downtown at the Ace DTLA

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

There was one thing we missed while skulking around the Ace DTLA last week; we were so entranced by the gingerbread hotel that we totally missed the bikes in the lobby.

Not just any bikes, either (obviously – this is the Ace); they’re bikes from tokyobike.

This isn’t the first collaboration with tokyobike for Ace; the London hotel has them for guests to use. But unlike London, which is all cold and full of British reserve and lets guests get on with it by themselves, the Ace DTLA is all fuzzy and friendly and American – so they are giving free guided bike tours of Downtown LA.

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The Ace DTLA Is Almost Too Cool for Christmas, But Not Quite

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in hotel-land. Trees. Baubles. Gingerbread houses. Scented candles – they have it all. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be picking out some of our favorite decorations. Got some OTT trees of your own? Send ‘em in to tips@hotelchatter.com!

What does a hipster hotel do for Christmas? Well, if it’s the Ace DTLA, the answer is that it eschews the traditional tree (so bourgeois!) in favor of a stylish, understated nod to the holiday season.

Enter the Christmas gifts on top of the photo booth, above, which went up a couple of days ago.

But the Ace isn’t really too cool for school, and it can’t resist a good old gingerbread house anymore than the posh hotel across the pond. So down at the Coffee Counter (at the entrance to LA Chapter, the restaurant), you’ll find this glorious representation of the hotel itself:

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How to Evacuate Your Hotel With Style, By the Ace Downtown LA

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | ()

Evacuated hipsters milling around

You never know how you’ll react in an emergency until it happens. Will you freeze? Will you morph into an action hero? Or will you be a little scared and a little excited and start obsessing over the fact that your teeth aren’t clean #notushonest #okmaybeus?

Yesterday morning we were working in our room on floor 12 of the Ace DTLA when the fire alarm went off. Try as we might to ignore it, we joined the bleary-eyed hipsters stumbling out of their rooms. It turned out to be a smoke alarm on the 13th floor, but we were all evacuated anyway. It was our first hotel evacuation! The excitement! And it was pretty spectacular. After some reflection on why it was so good, we present:

The Official HotelChatter Guide to Evacuating Hotels

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Los Angeles Will Be Getting a Really, Really, Really Big InterContinental Hotel

September 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | ()

We were once pretty excited about massive hotel being built by Korean Air in Downtown LA but admittedly, it's been a while since we checked in on the property, which should be completed in 2017. However, today, some pretty big news was announced---the hotel, which has been known as the Wilshire Grand, will be an InterContinental Hotel.

According to the press release, the 900-rom hotel will be the largest InterContinental Hotel in the Americas. The building itself will be the tallest building on the West Coast at 1,100 feet. The hotel will also be the first hotel on the West Coast to have a "sky lobby" which will be located on the 70th floor as well as a dizzying rooftop pool. Here's a bit more on the plans for the decor scheme inside the hotel:

In particular, the new property will reflect the four ecological typologies of Los Angeles while also embracing the laid-back sophistication of the city. The natural wood and warm colors in the building will reflect the city's beach culture while the hotel's sky lobby will incorporate Los Angeles' car culture into the design through abstract representations of car lines into the internal paneling and decor.

Hmm...considering that LA is taking great pains to distance themselves from their "car culture" we're not so sure that's the best design approach to embrace. But who cares? There's going to be a sky lobby!

Still, 2017 is a long ways off. In the meantime, IHG Rewards Club members can use/earn points at the other InterContinental in LA in Century City which recently unveiled a sexy new look.

Rendering via PR Newswire]

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Downtown LA to Get Another Hip Hotel, The Freehand

July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

We're loving Downtown LA these days and so are hotels. On the heels of an Ace Hotel opening with its excellent historic theater and a new hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel comes news that Freehand Hotels/Hostels will open in DTLA in 2016.

The LA Times reports that the site of the Freehand Hotel will be the 13-story Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive streets. The former office building, built in 1924 and once home to Edgar Rice Burrough's publishing company, was recently purchasedby the Sydell Group Ltd, the same company who did the awesome Ace Hotel in New York and (see clarification below) the excellent Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown. The LA Freehand, like the original in Miami and the upcoming one in Chicago, will be developed in partnership with Yucaipa Cos., Ron Burkle's investment company.

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Inside The Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott at LA Live

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  Site Where: 901 Olympic Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90015
July 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we gave you a little sneak peek inside the dual-brand Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, across from the LA Live sporting and entertainment complex. The two select service brands are not just sharing a building but also a check-in desk, a lobby, a fitness center, a pool and even the guest room floors. (Here's how to tell which side of the hallway is yours.)

Now, here's the full reveal of the property. Peruse the photos below to see the shared spaces at the hotels, as well as the individual rooms of the Courtyard and Residence Inn brands. Then keep reading to see what we liked and what we didn't like.

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How to Tell Which Room is Yours at The Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn at LA Live

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  Site Where: 901 Olympic Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
July 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM | by | ()

GO HERE FOR THE FULL REVEAL OF THE HOTEL

Marriott International has more than a crush on Downtown LA. Not content with having a Ritz-Carlton and a JW Marriott Hotel at LA Live, Marriott has now opened their first dual-brand hotel on the West Coast right across the street from the Staples Center--The Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn at LA Live.

Not only is this the first dual-brand on the West Coast for Marriott but it's also the first dual-brand hotel to share a floor. (Typically, the different brands split the floors.)

So how do you know which side of the hallway is yours? Follow the carpeting.

When you step off the elevator, you'll see a lotus type of design on the floor. The purple side of the lotus will lead you to the Residence Inn side, while the orange side will lead you to the Courtyard rooms.

But the two brands share more than just the guest room floors. They also share the check-in desk, the lobby, the pool, the 901 bistro and the fitness center. However, only Residence Inn guests can access the spacious RI Lounge and its free, hot breakfast buffet. We'll tell you now, this lounge is worth the extra $20 a night that Residence Inn charges.

Room rates for the Courtyard side of the hotel, which has 174 rooms, are around $289 a night while Residence Inn has rates for its 219 suites starting at $309 a night.

Stay tuned tomorrow for photos galore!

[Photos: HotelChatter]