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Before and After: The InterContinental Los Angeles' Sexy New Look

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  Site Where: 2151 Avenue of the Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90067
January 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the before and after.

Over at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, renovations are underway on all of the hotel's 361 guest rooms and 148 spacious suites. We got the chance to peek into both a not-yet-renovated room and a glammed up one and the difference is amazing.

Pre-renovations, the guest rooms look very much like they have for the past ten years or so. This is actually what the rooms looked like when the hotel was once a Park Hyatt. Ho-hum. We can't decide which is worse--the headboard or the drapes.

Keep reading to see how the rooms look after the renovation!

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Inside a Room at The Just-Opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 929 Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States
January 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We were completely torn over what snapshot from the just-opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles we should put up first.

That's because the hotel has so many awesome Ace-y things to show off--from the clever penciled artwork on the walls to the Stumptown coffee offerings, the curious library hanging above the front desk, the rooftop pool and lounge with killer views of Downtown LA and the immaculately preserved United Artists theater which was built in 1927.

But we'll show you that Ace goodness tomorrow. Today, we'll take you inside a guest room on the third floor.

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Get Ready For The Garland, Opening in LA This Summer

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  Site Where: 4222 Vineland Ave [map], North Hollywood, CA, United States, 91602
December 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

While you might be decorating your house with garland right now, we're thinking of another kind of Garland right now. Los Angeles' North Hollywood neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley is finally getting a much-needed boutique hotel, giving visitors to Universal Studios a stylish place to rest their head for the night (as opposed to settling for a budget chain nearby.)

The existing Beverly Garland Hotel, founded by the actress in 1970, has just started a $20 million, multi-phase redesign that will culminate in the reopening of the hotel this summer as The Garland. The renovation will upgrade all 242 guest rooms, 14 suites and public spaces with a new look designed by Forchielli Glynn, who have designed the suites at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. The Garland will also get a pool bar and a new "secret garden" outdoor venue for weddings and social events.

While the rooms do look gorgeous, we're most excited for Executive Chef Warren Schwartz's new restaurant. Previously, Schwartz worked at the Viceroy Santa Monica before leaving to open the Westside Tavern on Pico in West LA (which is still one of our fave pre/post-movie dinner spots.) Here at The Garland, Schwartz will open The Front Yard when the hotel reopens this summer. In the meantime, he's running Warren's Blackboard, an experimental sort of restaurant that will show off the "culturally diverse Los Angeles food culture." Eater LA says, "Think Korean braised short rib with spiced pumpkin and spinach; pappardelle with lamb tomato ragu; and churros with dulce de leche ice cream."

Yum. Heading out to the Valley never sounded so good.

As you can tell, the hotel is open through the renovations. We found rooms for next weekend for $169 a night.

[Photo: The Garland]

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LA's The Line Hotel to Open on December 11th

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90010
November 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of the Ace LA's opening announcement, comes another new hotel that will open this winter---The Line Hotel in Koreatown.

The 388-room hotel was supposed to open this past summer but instead, it looks like the hotel will open on December 11th with a special opening rate of $195 a night.

Done as a collaboration between the Sydell Group, chef Roy Choi, nightlife brother-duo Mark and Jonnie Houston, and interior designer Sean Knibb, the hotel sports not just a nifty logo and a killer location in K-town but also a rooftop pool deck, a lounge hosted by the Houston Brothers, a POT restaurant and lobby bar from Choi featuring late night street eats, the Commissary greenhouse serving fruits and vegetables in salads and juice formats, as well as delivery service from the hotel with "the ease that mirrors a pizza shop or NYC Chinese take-out."

There are several room categories and clearly the ones to book are the ones with the view of the Hollywood Hills. Amenities include floor to ceiling windows, a large desk and seating area with Negril Chairs by Knibb, Baxter of California toiletries, bathrobes, curated minibar with American & Korean drinks and snacks, original artwork and best of all, free WiFi. Looks like our holiday hotel wish list is coming true a little early this year.

[Photo: The Line]

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6 Artsy Hotel Restaurants For A Dose of Fine Fare and Culture

October 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most high-end hotels take great care in creating impressive dining spaces, often luring in celebrity chefs and extra business along the way. But lately we have noticed a solid restaurant scene isn't always enough to draw in some extra business and hotels are going to greater lengths to bring in dollars, from opening up their pools so patrons can enjoy the sun and a cocktail, to installing full-blown art installations. Some hotels have taken to blending art and dining and the results certainly make for an eye-catching environment. Take a look at these six hotel restaurants where diners can take in both a five-star meal along with a helping of art and design:

1. The Bazaar by Jose Andres, SLS Beverly Hills

SBE as a whole is an artsy and progressive name when it comes to hospitality and dining, working with big names to produce memorable venues like Katsuya and the SLS-branded hotels. The Bazaar by Jose Andres in Los Angeles is no exception with an eclectic design created, like most of their projects, by master Parisian designer of interiors Philippe Starck. Filled with seemingly random artistic pieces and a rainbow of colors, The Bazaar is anything but boring with a practically exhaustive small bites menu to match with everything from classic dishes to creations made using molecular gastronomy.

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The Ace Hotel Los Angeles Will Open on January 15th for $129 a Night

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  Site Where: 933 S. Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Ace in DTLA in early August

Good news has come for hipsters who wait--The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is now taking reservations for JANUARY 15, 2014 and beyond. But there's a catch.

You can't make these reservations just by going to the hotel website. Instead, you can only make a reservation through a link that was sent out to Ace's e-mailing list, called The A-List. Oh don't worry, we've got the link for you right HERE. Even better, the Ace DTLA is offering a special rate for opening night--just $129 for a small or medium room. A medium room with a terrace is just $149.

Some other good things to know about the Ace--WiFi is free (woot!), pets under 25 pounds are accepted for $25 (woof!), valet parking is available (not sure for how much yet) and all rooms are non-smoking rooms (whew!). The amenities will also include Rudy's Toiletries, Pearl+ soaps and a Revo Radio as well as a flat-screen and a fully-stocked minibar. We're so there, will you be?

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Moment Hotel

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  Site Where: 7370 Sunset Boulevard [map], Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s just over two months ago now that The Moment Hotel arrived on Sunset Boulevard, transforming a former 1950s motel and creating 39 modern rooms with pops of green, orange, and purple, open plan bathrooms, and a common rooftop deck.

So how should you spend a day in Hollywood when spending the night at The Moment Hotel? Here’s a few thoughts, from morning eggs and coffee to late night options, as we heard them straight from The Moment’s mouth:

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This Week's Hotel Deals: Get Cultured in LA, Try a New Hotel in Chicago and Linger Longer Elsewhere

October 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (7)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*

· Go for the Sunshine, Stay for The Museums in Los Angeles. Yes, The Museums. The first-ever LA Museum Season will kick off on October 7 and Discover Los Angeles is offering folks who book two or more nights through their website two free admissions and gift shop discounts at more than 25 premier Los Angeles cultural institutions, a value up to $500. The promo is good through November 17 and participating hotels include Venice Beach’s Hotel Erwin ($183 a night); the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel ($249), the Hollywood Roosevelt ($269) and The Standard in Downtown LA ($285). Museum admissions and discounts vary from place to place but you can check them all here.

· Stay Longer at The Four Seasons Resort Nevis: Who wouldn't want to stay longer in paradise? That's why the Four Seasons Resort Nevis "Stay Longer" deal is so appealing. From now through December 19, 2014 you can get a fourth night free for every three consecutive nights paid. We found rooms in mid-November just before Thanksgiving for $296 a night for a deluxe mountain view room. Total cost for four nights with taxes and a variety of fees work out to be about $1,525.70. Go here to book.

· Or You May "Prefer" This Free Night Offer from Preferred Hotel Group: Belonging to hotel collections can get you special discounts not typically found on the hotel's own website. Like this "Free Night Offer" from the Preferred Hotel Group. At 16 locations in United States and Latin America, guests will get a third (or fourth) night free when booking through Preferred. Some hotels The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado (from $369/night with the 3rd night free) and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans (from $316/night with the 3rd night free.) The offer is good through December 31, 2013 for stays now through February 28, 2014. Blackout dates may apply. Go here for more info and to book. Or you can call 1 866 990 9491 and reference code MKTFSE13 to book.

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The Sofitel Los Angeles Has a Few New Things, But The French Flair Remains

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  Site Where: 8555 Beverly Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90048
September 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Does The Sofitel LA still have that certain je ne sais quoi we've come to love about Sofitels? A HotelChatter Review

We noticed earlier this year that some changes were afoot at Sofitel Los Angeles, with both a new restaurant and bar coming to the Beverly Hills outpost of the French brand, replacing SimonLA and Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose. Just this past weekend, we had a chance to check it out in more detail, spending the night here while in town.

Check-In: We drove to the Sofitel from LAX, which takes about 45 minutes if traffic isn’t too bad. Valet parking is $34 a day (with in and out privileges), which adds up quickly. Reception is to your left as you enter the black marble lobby, with a beautiful black and white drawing of Los Angeles behind the desk, contrasting with deep purple flower arrangements. After the typical bonjour-greeting, we were on our way to our third-floor room in minutes.

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Marriott's New Hybrid Hotel Has Risen in Downtown LA

August 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Construction began on the hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel across from the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott at LA Live just last March but the hotel looks nearly finished, at least on the outside.

We snapped this pic from the 10 Freeway the other day (Shh! Don't tell the CHP) and the hotel looks nearly identical to the rendering put out last year. And no, it's not your eyes or your computer screen, we think those rooms windows are supposed to have that haphazard look. (Or maybe that was just because we were in motion when we took this pic. Oops.)

When it's completely finished, the 24-story building will house a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott (hopefully with these new "Gen Next" rooms) and a 218-room Residence Inn. Word is the hotel should be done by Summer 2014.

Meanwhile Marriott isn't done with Downtown LA. They are still building a Renaissance Hotel across from the JW Marriott on the northeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Georgia Street. The hotel will have 450 rooms when it opens in 2016. Construction is expected to start next year. Perhaps Downtown LA should automatically sign you up for Marriott Rewards when you visit.

[Photo: HotelChatter, while driving. Don't do this at home, kids.]

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An OC Rite of Passage: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Turns 30, Gets a New Look

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  Site Where: One Ritz-Carlton Drive [map], Dana Point, CA, United States, 92629
August 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Ritz-Carlton news just keeps rolling in: we’ve heard about new things happening in destinations as disparate as Israel, Bali, Aruba, Japan and beyond already. Closer to home, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – in Orange County, Los Angeles – is marking its last year as a twenty-something with new-look guestrooms, new f&b outlets, and more.

Perched high on the cliffs above the crashing waves of the Pacific, the hotel’s location was the source of inspiration for the new design. That translates into lots of pale blues against white walls and sheets, with contrasting dark wood in the headboard and furniture. It’s the kind of beach-y modern that sits midway between the more traditional Ritz-Carlton wealthy- great-aunt look and younger urbanite style you’d find in its Georgetown, DC hotel for example.

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What's Happening with King & Grove's Hotel Clark in Los Angeles?

Where: 426 S. Hill St [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States
August 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Clark doesn't quite have the green light.

UPDATE: The hotel might not be a King & Grove after all. Read the latest here.

After we did a drive-by of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles last week, we had to backtrack and go up Hill Street to see how King & Grove's first Los Angeles hotel, The Hotel Clark was coming along.

From what we could tell, things look practically ready to go. The signage is up and looking good and we even spied some fancy spherical lighting fixtures at what looks like the entrance. Except it was all gated off.

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