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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Rooms with an Anti-View: Coming Soon to the Beverly Hills Hotel?

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
November 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

The sign of anti-views to come? On a recent stroll down Sunset Boulevard we couldn't help but notice some work going on across the street from The Beverly Hills Hotel. Sitting on one of the most in-your-face positions on Sunset and a major commuter route between LA and the Valley, is this less than lovely, walled mini-mansion that may become a permanent view from many of the hotel's guest rooms.

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Ace Hotel Los Angeles to Screen 'Inherent Vice' on December 1 (And Guests Get a Free Ticket)

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
November 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, which opened nearly a year ago, is making seriously good use of the historic United Artists Theater that's adjacent to the property. In September, Coldplay hosted a special concert for their latest album release and now, a special preview of Paul Thomas Anderson's surf noir based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

The movie/book is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a private investigator/pothead named Doc through a series of strange criminal adventures. So it's only fitting that the movie will screen at the Ace DTLA with Anderson and actors Jena Malone and Joanna Newsom in attendance.

Even better, guests who are staying at the hotel that night will get a free ticket to the screening and custom vinyl records of the film score by Johnny Greenwood. Rooms are still open on December 1 for around $240 a night but if you use the promo code Doc, you'll get a medium room for just $200.

Expect to see more of "Inherent Vice" at the Ace in LA and also in New York and London as gallery exhibitions expanding on the "Inherent Vice" themes will open.

[Photo: Lindsey Best/Ace Hotel DTLA]

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Here's Hoping We Can Seek Mama Shelter in Los Angeles in February

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90028
November 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Under construction in August. Mama Shelter Hotels are on a roll right now. First, there came the news that you can bring Mama home with you in the form of skincare products. Then, Accor Hotels acquired a 35 percent stake in the Philippe Starck-designed hotel collection, and within that announcement, we learned that the first U.S. house for Mama, Mama Shelter Los Angeles will open in February 2015. That's just a few months away!

Sadly, there's not much else to report other than the opening date. The hotel is still hiring key positions and it's still under construction. We pray that this will all be finished by February.

In the meantime, we did stumble across this description of the hotel by its developer, Benjamin Trigano in LA Confidential.

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Mama Shelter Has Found a New Mama--Accor Hotels

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November 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we wait for Mama Shelter to open in Los Angeles (more on that in a second), some major news came out about the future of the funky brand last week: Accor Hotels, the French mega hotel group, has acquired a roughly 35% stake and is planning on making Mama much bigger.

Mama’s current five locations (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Istanbul, and Bordeaux) will be joined by another twenty over the next five years. That’s a lot of groovy and affordable hotels to welcome, and the destination list looks very good: New York, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Seoul, Mexico City, Zurich, Lille, Paris round two, and of course, Los Angeles.

Little word so far on specific locations in each of those cities, but we will keep our ear to the ground. First addition will likely be Los Angeles, which we’ll have to be patient for until February 2015 unfortunately. Go here for our snaps of the Wilcox Avenue building in Hollywood from back in August.

[Image: Accor]

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Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room.

If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!

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O.M.G. A Legit Hello Kitty Hotel Suite is Now Open at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
October 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are kind of at a loss for words right now. We just went into the Hello Kitty Suite at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles and it is all kinds of super kawaii.

The suite was created by a team of designers and artists led by Line designer Sean Knibb in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday, which is also being celebrated with the first official Hello Kitty Con at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown LA, starting tomorrow. (Knibb was the vision behind the t-shirts on the ceiling at check-in at The Line.)

But there's so much more.

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Five Years On, Will L'Ermitage Become Viceroy Beverly Hills?

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  Site Where: 9291 Burton Way [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
October 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s astonishing to us we have to go as far back as early 2010 for the news that Raffles L’Ermitage would become Viceroy Beverly Hills, with a “significant refurbishment” to follow in the months after.

That relaunch date soon became “early 2011”, but three and a half years later, the hotel still carries its L’Ermitage badge, rooms shows essentially the same décor, and the group’s directory has it listed as a “future Viceroy”.

But! It looks like half a decade is a lucky window for L’Ermitage, because the latest we hear is that renovation is meant to start in January. While we hate thinking about it too much as the year passes us by, that’s only three months away. Details and visuals of what the interiors will look like are still to come, and while we expect a more Californian vibe, taking a cue from Viceroy New York’s stylish rooms we’d have no issue with. We'll keep you posted as we find out more.

As for the official name change to Viceroy Beverly Hills, we haven't received official confirmation but a new name to go with a new look could be nice.

In the meantime, a Deluxe King with balcony at L’Ermitage starts about $430 a night in November.

[Photo: Viceroy Hotels]

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Guess Who's Hiding in The Closet at The Beverly Garland Hotel?

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  Site Where: 4222 Vineland Ave [map], North Hollywood, CA, United States, 91602
September 26, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Beverly Garland in North Hollywood didn't quite make its intended summer opening but the hotel is pressing ahead with its $20 million, multi-phase redesign.

The hotel, first opened in 1970 by actress Beverly Garland, is in the midst of renovating its 242 guest rooms, 14 suites and public spaces with a hip new look from Forchielli Glynn. We got a glimpse of the intended room design last December but now we've got a peek inside the closet.

Since the hotel has hosted many celebrities (Kurt Cobain allegedly proposed to Courtney Love at the hotel) and has been featured in many TV shows and films, it's only fitting that the wallpaper in the closet contains some paparazzi. Here's a scene from the 1960s movie, La Dolce Vita. For once, entering the closet is going to be thrilling!

The hotel is still open during the renovations and we found a room for next weekend at $369. The following weekend was much cheaper at $279 a night. Popular Los Angeles chef, Warren Schwartz, has opened his Warren's Blackboard restaurant at the hotel but that should changeover to a sustainable dining concept called, The Front Yard, sometime later this year.

[Photo: The Beverly Garland]

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

September 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

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]