Los Angeles' hotel inventory is set to skyrocket, with 32 projects representing some 5,500 guest rooms either under construction or in development. Downtown is especially hot, with 11 new hotels contributing more than 2,200 rooms over the next few years.
• Los Angeles International Airport is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar revamp, including an expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. All work is expected to wrap up in 2019.
• Late this year, the Metro Expo Line will extend light-rail service to seven new stations along the city's Westside, terminating in Santa Monica. Travel time from downtown to Santa Monica will be approximately 46 minutes.
The 162-room Viceroy Santa Monica now offers guests free bicycle rentals as well as customizable routes from an on-staff "Bike Concierge." The Strand, a 22-mile beachside bike path, is just a quick spin away.
A Revamped Classic
The Marina Del Rey Hotel, built in 1964, has reopened following a $25 million renovation. The 164-room property offers complimentary Wi-Fi and approximately 9,700 square feet of function space, including a new 3,500-square-foot waterfront event lawn. (310) 301-1000
• The Wilshire Grand Center, also known as the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, is on schedule to open in 2017 with 900 guest rooms, 400,000 square feet of office space, and 45,100 square feet for retail and restaurants. The 73-story property will rise 1,100 feet to become the tallest building in the United States west of Chicago. Other features include a spa, a fitness center and 60,000 square feet of meeting space.
• The 878-room JW Marriott L.A. Live in the downtown district is undergoing an expansion that will add a 755-room hotel tower. The property is part of L.A. Live, which includes the 123-room Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. When this latest addition is completed by 2018, the complex will offer a total of 1,756 guest rooms and more than 200,000 square feet of function space.
• The 285-room Hotel Figueroa, which opened in 1926 in the downtown district, will undergo a $30 million renovation to restore its original Spanish Mediterranean décor. The hotel also is adding a garden that will supply fresh vegetables to its three kitchens. Function space at the property totals more than 20,000 square feet.
• The Los Angeles Convention Center underwent a $10 million makeover last year. Enhancements include new roofing and carpeting, an overhaul of the center's parking facilities and an upgraded technology infrastructure. In addition, the venue's 299-seat theater was outfitted with new audiovisual capabilities.
• In September, a new museum called The Broad (rhymes with "road") will open in the downtown Grand Avenue cultural corridor. The $140 million, 120,000-square-foot venue will have two floors of gallery space to hold nearly 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art, and the venue will include a lending library as well as an adjacent 24,000-square-foot outdoor pedestrian plaza. General admission will be free. The Broad aims to attain LEED Silver certification.
• The DoubleTree by Hilton Westside Los Angeles completed a renovation last May. All 375 regular guest rooms and nine suites received upgrades and now sport new carpeting, décor and in-room amenities. The hotel has 22,000 square feet of function space.
The 200-room London West Hollywood, just 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles, recently debuted a 110-seat screening room, which features an oversize screen, state-of-the-art projection technology and satellite broadcast capabilities. The project is part of the hotel's ongoing $25 million renovation.
Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 1,354-rooom Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 1,234-room Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 1,004-room Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 878-room JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles L.A. Live, 802-room Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 740-room Westin Los Angeles Airport, 726-room Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 485-room Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 482-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 469-room L.A. Hotel Downtown and 295-room Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
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Convention Center: Los Angeles Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 720,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 64. (213) 741-1151
Airport Transit: Los Angeles International Airport, 17 miles from the downtown district. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi, about $47; by Metro, $1.50; by FlyAway shuttle to Union Station and Van Nuys, $7-$8
Taxes: Sales tax, 9%; room tax, 14%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14%
Group Venue: Hooray for Hollywood! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building a museum devoted to the history and future of the moving image. With a scheduled completion date of 2017, the six-story complex will feature myriad art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas and spaces that can be used for special events. The museum will curate and showcase works of filmmakers from around the world, including past Oscar winners and nominees. (310) 247-3000
Contact: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, (213) 626-2359 or (800) 228-2452; fax: (213) 626-0264