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It comes as no surprise when we hear of Hollywood icons reinventing themselves. No, we’re not talking about stars of the silver screen, but rather an iconic hotel that has catered to them for the last 88 years--The Hollywood Roosevelt.
As we told you last month, the new owners of the hotel, David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, reclaimed management of the hotel, turning it back into an independent property that's now a part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. (Meanwhile, former management company, Thompson Hotels, just announced their new Hollywood hotel yesterday.)
To go along with their newfound independence, the Hollywood Roosevelt now sports a new website, renewed top brass and oh, yes, revamped guest rooms, given the Midas touch by the house of Yabu Pushelberg.
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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 in Bordeaux
There's been no formal announcement but there's been no secrecy surrounding it either. We're talking about the pending Mama Shelter Hotel for Los Angeles. See, it's right there on the Mama Shelter Twitter bio.
But aside from a LinkedIn job listing looking for a hotel restaurant and general manager, we were having a hard time uncovering the exact whereabouts of Mama Shelter LA. But today, we've found our Mama.
Previously, we've heard West Hollywood and Hollywood flung about as possible locations but those are two very different areas. West Hollywood is trendy and expensive. Hollywood is gritty chic and more affordable. Since the latter practically describes Philippe Starck's Mama Shelter concept to a T, we suspected that's where it would open.
We put in a request to our contact at Mama Shelter hotels on the exact location, but while waiting to hear back, our resourceful European editor uncovered this article. Even if you don't understand French, you can understand what it says.
Des négociations sont aussi en cours pour l'ouverture dans un ancien hôtel des années 1920, dans le quartier de Hollywood, à Los Angeles, «fin 2013».
So Hollywood, it is. And an old hotel from the 1920s too. But still, we wanted to know exactly where. So, we dug a little deeper.
The Loews Hollywood, smack dab in the middle of all things well, Hollywood (like the Dolby Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl), recently completed a $31 million renovation which has transformed nearly every inch of the property from a former Renaissance by Marriott hotel into a sleek, stylish and cosmopolitan Loews hotel.
While all the guest rooms are sporting the new, heavy-on-the-grays look, the best room to book is clearly this junior suite on the top floor. Room 2017 to be exact.
There isn't a separate sitting room but the suite does has 622-sq.ft of space to spread out in and a sleeper sofa to accommodate an extra guest (or two.) But what's really the star of the show here is the killer view of the Hollywood sign which is entirely unobstructed. You are actually looking out on the hillside where the iconic sign stands. (Our nighttime picture really doesn't do it justice.)
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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has always been a fave hangout for celebrities du jour (remember the days of Teddy's?) but we never knew the hotel's pool area was so chill that a boybander could hang with his friends and not get accosted by a ton of screaming fans.
That's exactly what happened with Harry Styles of One Direction the other day. Paparazzi shots show him lounging poolside with his
heinous tattoos signature floppy hair and Calvin Klein undies on full display. Joining him were It fashion girl, Alexa Chung and rock royalty's Pixie Geldof.
According to the Daily Mail, Styles hung poolside for a whopping three hours, largely unnoticed, except by the paparazzi. A fan would come by here and there and Styles would oblige with an autograph or photo. Indeed, one fan got a snap with Styles at the entrance to the Hollywood hotel.
This is quite a contrast to the last time One Direction visited a hotel. Hmm, maybe Harry isn't so hot after all. Strength in numbers, we guess.
Interested in kicking it poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt? You're in luck. Not only is it extremely warm in LA these days, rooms are open at the hotel this weekend during the Grammy festivities. Rates start at $309 a night but you can split that rate with your most loyal 1D friends.
[Photo composite: HotelChatter]
We've got a thing for hotel helipads (check out the one time we visited one in Hong Kong) so when we saw this photo of the helipad at the Loews Hollywood, our knees got a little weak. And not just because the helipad is so high up.
For starters, we didn't even know that the Loews had a helipad. So that's pretty baller (and obviously useful too in emergency situations.) Second, look. at. that. view. Spectacular.
The hotel, in the heart of Hollywood near the Dobly Theater, aka home of The Oscars, is currently undergoing a $31 million top-to-bottom renovation that's expected to be finished in March. Just in time for the red carpet to be rolled out.
We'll have more on the new Loews (it was formerly a Renaissance Hotel) in the new year so stay tuned!
[Photo: Loews Hollywood]
When Thompson Hotels' Jason Pomeranc and his partners left the Commune Hotels collection the other month, they walked away with Thompson's prized NYC properties but had to leave a few choice hotels behind as well as the beloved Thompson name.
Now, as Pomeranc and co. toil away on their new boutique hotel brand, we're getting word from some super secret hotel insiders that the Hollywood Roosevelt wants out of the Commune. We're not exactly sure of the reason but there is speculation that the hotel's owners liked the Pomeranc association. But again, this is purely speculation.
Indeed, a spokesperson for Thompson and Commune told us that the Hollywood Roosevelt "will remain a Thompson-branded property under Commune's management."
Keep reading for some hotel rumor mongering!
Attention "Mind Body Spa" junkies! Exhale Spa is now officially open at Loews Hollywood (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel), so Core Fusion fans no longer have to trek to Santa Monica for barre squats. We do love the beach but you can bet we're signing up in Hollywood STAT.
Exhale had a grand opening party on February 13 and we are officially regular customers. The 7,000-square-foot spa has men and women's changing rooms equipped with glass-wall steam rooms, a relaxation lounge with clove-spiced, hot-neck pillows and another lounge with all sorts of munchies and beverages. There are seven therapy rooms (two that have showers), including a couple's room with jacuzzi tub. Clean up them nails in the mani/pedi station and, should you need to cool off, the outdoor swimming pool with cabanas is plunge-worthy.
Exhale means serious business here. As in, they knocked down three hotel rooms to accommodate for their cultish classes (ahem, Core Fusion), so expect that to roll out this summer. In the meantime, get a massage, facial, acupuncture, whatever you need to restore Zen. If you require some inspiration, there's a Buddha statue in the hallway. Namaste!
Rates from $249 a night.
[Photo: Exhale Spa]
Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)
The W Hollywood Hotel and Residences is the one Starwood Hotel that came with a "warning" three days prior to my visit. If you’re looking for "adult entertainment" and want to "live large, you’ve come to the right place." (see the notice I received before my stay in the gallery of photos below.)
At check-in, I was upgraded to a premium Spectacular room with a city view – which was exactly the same room I had last time and upon entering the room it was pretty obvious there was no city view – just a view of the fair going on in the parking lot across the street.
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Loews snapped up the property as one of its first steps in expanding the brand. There is already a Loews in Los Angeles on the beach in Santa Monica but the property at Hollywood and Highland is not only larger (632 rooms), it will get far more exposure and traffic as over 80 shops, 26 restaurants, two nightclubs, seven movie screens, eight bars, 12 bowling lanes and the Dolby Theatre (previously the Kodak) are all right there next to the hotel.
For now the rooms and public spaces at the Loews Hollywood will remain the same but Loews will begin a $26 million renovation later this year. The good news is, the hotel will stay open during the work.
Bummer for those guests who liked to use their Marriott Rewards points to stay at the Renaissance but with Loews' YouFirst loyalty program, after two stays you can get free WiFi.
Rates for the hotel in June start around $299 a night.
[Photo: Kalboz/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]
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Professional lip pouter Angelina Jolie has officially announced her engagement to Brad Pitt. And whether the two of them will live happily ever after trotting the globe with their ever-expanding caravan of kiddies remains to be seen. However, all she's really concerned with now is showing off that 16-carat diamond ring on her finger.
Photographers caught a glimpse of the ring yesterday when the actress made her way into the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. But what was she actually doing there? We know you're all dying to know. So here, as we see it, are the most likely scenarios:
She Scored a Deal On Hotwire
Everyone loves a bargain, and whether you're making minimum wage or you're the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, nabbing a room at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt for $122 a night is no small feat. Yep, that's the rate we scored a while ago during one of our routine Adventures in Blind Booking, and as we recall, it was a pretty awesome stay.
Nary an episode of Entourage airs without at least one scene taking place in a hot Hollywood hotel so it's no surprise that the final season of the bro show is starting off with Vince, Turtle, E and Johnny Drama living it up at the Hollywood Roosevelt in a penthouse suite.
Granted, they are only there because Turtle accidentally burned down their house but still, the guys have had a long love affair with the Roosevelt. (See here and here.) This time around they are presumably shacked up in the Gable Lombard Penthouse Suite at the hotel which has three full-size bedrooms (we're guessing Turtle and Johnny Drama are sharing) as well as a full-sized kitchen, vaulted ceilings, 1,500sq.ft. of roof deck space underneath the Hollywood Roosevelt sign, and a built-in surround system, among many other amenities.