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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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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Visit Mama Shelter Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
June 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.

We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.

The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.

But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.

Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.

"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."

And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.

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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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New York's NoMad Hotel to Go BiCoastal With New DTLA Location

April 28, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

Downtown Los Angeles' award-winning hotel scene continues to shine.

The LA Times reports that Giannini Building at 7th and Olive, a former Bank of Italy building that first opened in 1923, has been purchased by hotel developer The Sydell Group and wants to turn it into a boutique hotel--possibly a spin-off of the NoMad Hotel in NYC. Here's what Sydell has in store for the building:

The main former banking floor will be converted to a "living room" lobby for the hotel where guests can lounge or work, [Andrew E. Zobler, CEO of Sydell] said. The first floor will have a bar and a restaurant.

Sydell will operate the hotel, perhaps as a second branch of its NoMad Hotel on Broadway in New York. Plans call for 250 guest rooms that would either face outward or look into a large existing light well in the center of the upper floors of Giannini Place.

A rooftop swimming pool and event space with panoramic views of downtown are also on the drawing board. The hotel is to be a step up in room price and sophistication from Sydell Group's Freehand hotel being built in the former Commercial Exchange Building.

But there's another new boutique hotel coming to DTLA, just one block away from this one.

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First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening on May 15

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
March 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

Voilà! At last, we have a room photo of the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles located in the heart of Hollywood.

We've been tracking this hotel's progress since we first learned of its existence (and exact location) back in August. But now, you can finally begin to plan your night with Mama in LA.

Room rates will start at $139 a night on May 15. Currently, booking is not working on the hotel's website but we expect that to be in action very soon.

The ground floor of the hotel is set to be a free-flowing reception area, lobby, bar and restaurant (from chef Benjamin Bailly of LA hotspots, Petrossian and Fraiche) while upstairs there will be just 70 Thierry Gaugain-designed rooms spread out over six stories, but tricked out with king beds and 27-inch iMacs which will serve as the room TV. As you can see, the rooms are very much like other Mamas, complete with those funky nightstand lampshade masks. (Hello Burt and Ernie!)

Mama Shelter Los Angeles will also have an outdoor rooftop gym which we kinda can't wait to see in action. #workoutselfieoverload

Want to learn more about this Mama? She's already "written" you a "letter." Here it is in full below.

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Grab a Spork! Going Vegan at The Four Seasons Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 300 South Doheny Drive [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90048
March 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Hotels offering vegetarian and vegan options is nothing new but the Four Seasons Los Angeles is now serving two vegan renditions of dishes most commonly found at food trucks.

Here's what we found on the menu at the hotel's poolside cafe, Cabana, located on the hotel's fourth floor rooftop. Aside from gluttonous casual fare such as nachos, burgers and fish tacos and lighter items like salads and salmon, the menu now holds a few special creations from Spork Foods, an organic and vegan cooking class in West Hollywood.

Such items include the Battered Avocado Tacos ($25) filled with house pickled purple onions and ranchero black beans and the Red Bean Veggie Burger Sliders ($21) served with a beet ketchup and veganaise on a gluten-free bun topped with a battered pickle.

Even if you don't adhere to a vegan diet, you can't deny how good these taste. C'mon, fried avocados? Also that beet ketchup is sweeter than it sounds.

Of course, these dishes might be food-truck inspired but the prices are totally Four Seasons. #treatyoself

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Old and New LA Is Converging at Koreatown's Hotel Normandie

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  Site Where: 605 S Normandie Ave [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90005
February 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Cassell's reborn

One of the things we most like about the Downtown LA renaissance is the redevelopment of old buildings into sexy modern hotels (unless, that is, you’re talking about the Fig, which we cannot conscience in anything but its old, Moroccan incarnation).

The Hotel Normandie was already pretty sexy – a Renaissance Revival-style building done 1920s by Walker & Eisen, who also did the Beverly Wilshire and the United Artists Theater (aka the Ace DTLA), and now a 94-room boutique hotel (although with the old style preserved rather than gutted).

But now it’s stepped up the ante with some food and drink offerings that, rather like the hotel, combine the best of old and new LA.

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It's All Change in Hollywood (The Hollywood Hotel, That Is)

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  Site Where: 1160 North Vermont Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90029
February 23, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

It’s only the morning after the Oscars, and already changes are afoot in Hollywood. At least, they are at the Hollywood Hotel (The Hotel of Hollywood, as it somewhat presumptuously likes to style itself), which is celebrating awards season with a multi-million dollar “refreshening” of its 130 rooms.

Contemporary yet classic is the name of the game for the rooms – wooden floors, neutral colors, custom-designed furniture and “interactive” flatscreen TVs. Don’t get bored, though – there will be “fashion-inspired artwork” and a “freestanding, vintage-style clothes rack” to make you feel like you’re in a photoshoot. Very Hollywood! Bathrooms will be in monochrome, but we don’t have photos yet.

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Mama Shelter Los Angeles Probably Won't Make That February Opening Date

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States
February 3, 2015 at 2:11 PM | by | ()

Mama Shelter is expected to open their Los Angeles location in February, which HELLO!, is this month, but judging from these snapshots we took yesterday, we're going to have to say, "Non."

The site, a block south of the happening Hollywood Boulevard, looked very much like it did in August, except there was some serious filming going on (maybe TV, possibly a movie.) Upon getting closer to the building we could see that significant work has been done on the facade and that serious construction is continuing on the inside.

So progress is indeed happening, but a February opening is laughable. This mama is going to be late! Which is typical of Hollywood stars. Ugh.

However, Mama is looking for some Mama's helpers as evidenced by this jobs posting. Looks like they still need a sales manager and an F&B director. Interested?

You can read more about what this Mama Shelter will be about here.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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The Most Coveted Room in LA Right Now: The Screening Room at The London West Hollywood

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  Site Where: 1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
January 14, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

Since its opening in 2008, The London West Hollywood has always been a hot hotel in Los Angeles for celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, David Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and chef Gordon Ramsay, who has a restaurant there (Sorry, Amanda Bynes.)

But with the opening of The London's new Screening Room, celebs won't have to go far to promote their movie as the press junket will be just an elevator ride away.

The sophisticated 110-seat screening room is located off the main lobby, across from Gordon Ramsay. Designed by Gonzalez Architects with interiors by Richmond Design, it's the largest screening room for a hotel in Los Angeles. And as Hollywood rides out the rest of the 2015 awards season, the room will be in hot demand.

But unlike a lot of things in Los Angeles, there's actually something beneath the pretty surface of this room.

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Best Hotel Scene: Los Angeles (Just)

December 31, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

With so much great hotel news to choose from, narrowing the entire year down to one city was by no means easy. London had an amazing year with too many hotels to mention – from the affordable Motel One, with its English debut, to the glorious Ham Yard Hotel. Istanbul, too, was well up there, with Room Mate Kerem and Vault Karakoy and its killer views both opening, and more on the cards.

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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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