by Michael j. shapiro | June 01, 2017
Local Update

 The Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles opened its doors in March. The 350-room boutique property is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use development located in between the city's financial district and L.A. LIVE. Eventually, Metropolis will include residential towers and a large retail component as well. The 18-story hotel offers a restaurant, a top-floor cocktail lounge, a 9,100-square-foot outdoor pool terrace and 11 meeting rooms, for a total of 22,000 square feet of meeting space.

 Kimpton plans to open two Los Angeles hotels this year. By summer's end, The Everly, a 216-room boutique property, should open for business. The Beachwood Canyon hotel will sit at the base of the Hollywood Hills and provide 360-degree views, creative meeting and event spaces, and a fifth-floor pool deck. Another Kimpton property, La Peer, should open in mid-September. This intimate, 105-room West Hollywood hotel promises a rooftop event space, a poolside fitness center, and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces.

 The ultra-luxury Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is scheduled to open this month at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, next to the Beverly Hilton. The 170-room, 12-story hotel will have a soaring art deco lobby with the signature Waldorf Astoria clock and hand-painted murals of California landscapes. An exclusive Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant will be on-site, as will nearly 3,700 square feet of meeting and event space.

 The iconic Beverly Hilton is debuting new outdoor event venues this month to compliment its more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The 569-room hotel will open The Gardens, a multimillion-dollar project that includes three spaces: the alfresco Wilshire Garden, with a green lawn and living walls; the connected Secret Garden, with cozy nooks, furnishings and a waterfall; and the California Terrace, an indoor-outdoor transition area with a retractable wall of windows and direct access to the 8,180-square-foot Beverly Hills Ballroom. The full outdoor area will be able to accommodate as many as 600 people in theater-style seating, or up to 350 in rounds.  

 City Market of Los Angeles has opened the first phase of its redevelopment project, City Market South. Built in 1909 as a wholesale produce market, the property now is nearly fully leased to a variety of chefs, fashion designers and entertainment impresarios to create a modern-day, indoor/outdoor food, retail and meeting place in this burgeoning neighborhood between the fashion and wholesale districts. In addition to acclaimed new restaurants, the development features a central plaza for live entertainment (and boccie) and will include a 20,000-square-foot special-event space operated by Vox Productions.