Los Angeles

Local Update
Next month, the hotel
component of AEG's sports, entertainment and hotel project, L.A. Live, will open downtown near the Staples Center. The $2.5 billion development includes the 879-room JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles, with 77,000 square feet of meeting space; the 123-room Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles; and the 224-room Ritz-Carlton Residences. The project's Club Nokia, which holds 2,300 people, and the 7,100-seat Nokia Theatre L.A., opened recently. Other features on-site include a 14-screen cinema and dozens of dining, retail and entertainment options. The total meeting space offered by all venues is 260,480 square feet.

On the Palos Verdes peninsula, about a 30-minute drive south of Los Angeles, the 582-room Terranea Resort opened last June. Features include 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, a nine-hole golf course and a 25,000-square-foot spa.

Last fall, the 726-room
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza finished a renovation of its Plaza Level meeting area, which features two junior ballrooms and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel's infinity pool was updated, and cabanas with Wi-Fi capabilities were added. Private events can take place poolside.

A guest room upgrade at the 453-room Omni Los Angeles Hotel in California Plaza is under way and will finish in September. Also part of the revamp is an upgrade of the lobby and all public spaces.

The New Otani Hotel
has been renamed the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens. Guest rooms were renovated, and a lobby upgrade was wrapping up at press time.

Hilton CheckersThe 188-room Hilton Checkers Los Angeles has finished a makeover of its lobby, bar, guest rooms and 3,300 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features a rooftop deck with a bar that is available for private events, as well as a recently upgraded patio to accompany the Checkers Downtown restaurant.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles has a new restaurant called La Bistecca Italian-style Steakhouse.

The 207-room The Standard-Downtown LA recently finished restyling its Loft meeting spaces. A rooftop pool and bar with panoramic city views and a 24-hour restaurant are available for group use.

A Bigger Bradley
Last October, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded $1.26 billion in contracts to redesign the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Known as the Bradley West Project, the work will take four years and will include two parts: The first, dubbed the Bradley West Gates Project, includes the addition of nine new boarding gates, dual passenger loading bridges, concourses with larger passenger lounges, new tarmac areas and specialized equipment to accommodate the newest aircraft, all to be completed by 2012. The second part, the Bradley West Core Improvements, will upgrade customs facilities, build secure corridors between terminals 3 and 4, and add 1.25 million square feet of food, beverage and retail concessions. Work on the second phase should finish in spring 2013. lawa.org

The 1,354-room Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites recently became Green Seal certified. The property replaced older lighting with metal halide lamps and LED lights. By 2012, existing water fixtures will be replaced with low-flow versions, to conserve as much as 10 million gallons per year. In addition, the hotel lobby, the Lakeview Bistro Restaurant and the Lobby Court Lounge are being renovated this year; meeting space will be enhanced in 2011.

The 451-room Sheraton
Universal Hotel completed a $25 million renovation of its art deco décor last year. The property offers 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the Starview Room, a 3,500-square-foot renovated rooftop function space.

The 569-room Beverly Hilton poured $80 million into upgrading its guest room décor, technology, and all 60,000 square feet of indoor and open-air event space. Wi-Fi was added in public spaces.

The 573-room Four Points Sheraton LAX recently renovated its center-wing guest rooms, meeting space, atrium lobby and pool. In addition, the fitness center was expanded and outfitted with new equipment. The lounge includes a new sports bar and a private room that can be used for small groups. Other improvements include a restaurant redesign. Renovations of guest rooms in the east wing will take place this year.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 1,352-room Westin Bon­aventure Hotel and Suites, 1,234-room Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 1,004-room Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 928-room Wilshire Grand Los Angeles, 802-room Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 740-room Westin Los Angeles Airport, 726-room Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 683-room Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, 613-room Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport, 569-room Beverly Hilton, 485-room Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 482-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 469-room Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, 453-room Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 295-room Sofitel Los Angeles, 268-room Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood and 200-suite London West Hollywood.

Convention Center: Los Angeles Convention Center; exhibit space, 770,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 64; (888) 733-6952; lacclink.com

Airport Transit: Los Angeles International Airport, 17 miles from downtown L.A. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi, about $47; by bus, $1.85; by FlyAway shuttle to Union Station, Westwood and Van Nuys, $5-$7

Sales tax, 9.25%; room tax, 14%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%

Group Venues:
In Studio City, not far from Universal Studios Holly­wood, the 190-room Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel has reopened its 30,000-square-foot Event Center at Sportsmen's Lodge following a complete renovation. A former hangout for old-time Hollywood heavyweights like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, today the property is a popular local event space and a hub for entertainment executives and others in the industry. The surrounding Studio City neighborhood offers a broad range of dining options and colorful cultural attractions. (818) 769-4700; slhotel.com

CVB Services: LA Inc., The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, (213) 624-7300 or (800) 228-2452; discoverLosAngeles.com