DTLA marching toward 8,000 hotel rooms

Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, Project photos by Matt Walla

The hospitality development pipeline for Downtown L.A. continues to hum, as city and convention center officials pass the halfway mark on their quest to reach 8,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the LACC by the year 2020.

The addition of 889 guest rooms in the InterContinental Los Angeles tower, a component of the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center that debuted last year, was a major step toward that goal. Another was the April opening of the 350-key Hotel Indigo, also a new-build, in the Metropolis mixed-use development near LA LIVE.

InterContinental Los Angeles - Sky Lobby InterContinental Los Angeles – Sky Lobby

This month a wave of smaller hotels—each an intriguing renovation or adaptive reuse project—will begin to debut in the downtown core. Sydell Group’s NoMad Hotel is first, opening this week in a former bank building and boosting inventory by another 241 rooms. And the re-opening of the iconic Hotel Figueroa in early February, following a two-year, top-to-bottom transformation, will add 268 keys.

By mid-year, the 1924 Case Hotel building on S. Broadway should reopen as a 148-room Proper Hotel. A block north, the newest Hoxton Hotel is under construction in the 10-story L.A. Railway building (near Ace Hotel), with 164 guest rooms. And the list goes on: a Park Hyatt in the $1 billion Oceanwide Plaza development across from the Staples Center, and a W Hotel across from LA LIVE, are also in the works.

Bottom line, there’ll be much to see when we convene for BDwest in April—both this year and next! Get registered now for this year’s event, and watch for an announcement coming soon about guided tours of new DTLA hotels for BDwest attendees.

Two SBE Hotels Planned for DTLA


Angels Landing Tower
Downtown Los Angeles is slated to get two high-profile hotels in a new high-rise development. Planned for the Angels Landing site in the city’s Bunker Hill neighborhood is a $1.2 billion, mixed-used complex that will include a pair of hotels operated by locally based SBE: a 289-key Mondrian, and a 192-key SLS.

Wheels for the project that would include those hotels began turning late last month, when Los Angeles City Council selected Angels Landing Partners LLC—a team of three minority-owned real estate firms—to acquire and develop the 2.24-acre Angels Landing site. As part of its plans for that site, the development team (consisting of the Peebles Corp., MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Partners) said it intends to build the tallest residential building in the western United States.

Specifically, the team’s development plan calls for the construction of two adjacent high-rises of 88 stories and 24 stories, respectively, along with a three-story podium. In addition to the two SBE hotels, the complex will also include 425 rental apartments, including affordable-housing units; 250 condominiums; restaurant and retail space; and a charter elementary school.

“Our team is inspired by the great opportunity to transform the Los Angeles skyline with our iconic building, enhance residential life downtown, and forever change how large buildings are built in Los Angeles by insuring that all residents and businesses receive equal access to career and business opportunities,” says Don Peebles, chairman and CEO of the Peebles Corp.

Construction on the complex is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed by late 2024. The project’s design team is being led by Handel Architects and OLIN. Handel will oversee the building design, while OLIN will spearhead the landscaping.

LA Hotel To Debut Renovation

The London West Hollywood | London Bar | Richmond Intl.


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is set to take the wraps off an $11 million makeover this month. Richmond Intl., which spearheaded previous renovations at the 226-key, all-suite hotel, is responsible for the new London Bar and updated Boxwood restaurant, while AKA Architecture + Design spearheaded the redesign of the rooftop pool deck.

The London Bar’s focal point will be an island bar visible from the main lobby that will feature studded leather panels, a polished marble stone top and a plant-life wallcovering. The space will also include a skylight, a latticework frieze inspired by the iron-work frames of orangeries and hanging lanterns. The bar also serves as the new threshold for the hotel’s Boxwood restaurant.

The Boxwood restaurant at The London West Hollywood hotel. Photo: Courtesy of The London West Hollywood

The redesigned Boxwood dining and sitting rooms will have the capabilities to be divided and offer blackout shades, allowing guests to hold private receptions. The restaurant will feature bespoke furniture designed specifically for the space.

AKA’s rooftop pool deck design, meantime, retained the space’s existing palm trees and fountain and added Victorian-style loungers positioned on a large living wall. The painted wood decks are being replaced with a natural wood palette, and square modern planters are being replaced with eclectic groupings of classical and urn-type planters, reminiscent of an English Garden.

This project follows a $27 million upgrade completed in 2015, which added Premier Suites, the 11,000-square foot Penthouse Inspired by Vivienne Westwood, a 110-seat screening room and a new fitness center.