Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing an urban renaissance, and hotel development is booming there and across the county. The Hotel Indigo Downtown (pictured) is one of the latest properties to debut; 45 more are in the pipeline, slated to bring 8,200 new rooms to the L.A. area by 2020.
DID YOU KNOW?
• L.A. Tourism launched Meet L.A. early this year, a free mobile app for planners that offers destination content, venue capacities, videos, a calendar and access to the Virtual Discovery L.A. platform. The app is available from iTunes and Google Play.
• Los Angeles broke visitation records for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, welcoming 47.3 million travelers -- a 3.8 percent year-over-year increase.
READY FOR THAT CLOSE-UP
The 264-room Hotel Palomar Los Angeles--Beverly Hills has unveiled a $12 million propertywide renovation that celebrates independent filmmaking. A new restaurant and game room also debuted.
• 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.
DREAM COME TRUE
The West Coast is set to welcome its first Dream Hotel next month, in the form of the 178-room Dream Hollywood. The 10-story boutique property promises to transform the Hollywood block upon which it sits, welcoming both guests and locals to communal spaces like the Tao Group's 11,000-square-foot rooftop Highlight Room restaurant, pool and lounge. A pedestrian alleyway with shops and public art will lead into the hotel lobby.
The Millennium Biltmore, which opened in 1923, is nearing completion of a multiphase renovation responsible for updating all 683 guest rooms. Modern elegance and contemporary amenities complement the grandeur of the Italian Renaissance-style architecture. The rooms on the Club Floors will be completed later this year.
Meeting Hotels: Among the many area hotels with meeting space are the 1,358-room 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, 683-room Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, 569-room Beverly Hilton, 495-room Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 485-room Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, 469-room L.A. Hotel Downtown, 350-room Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles and 295-room Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
To find and compare hotels in L.A. and elsewhere, and to send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.
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 Downtown Los Angeles. Transfer cost to downtown by taxi, about $47. Uber service from LAX to the L.A. Convention Center starts at $24.
Taxes: Sales tax, 8.75%; room tax, 14%; L.A. and California assessments, 1.7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.7%
Group Venue: For a view that's tough to beat, check out OUE Skyspace Los Angeles. The venue sits atop the US Bank Tower, 1,000 feet above downtown L.A., and offers 360-degree views, projectors and a sound system, a catering prep area and a full bar. Skyspace also offers access to the famed Skyslide -- a 45-foot-long slide made entirely of thick glass that carries brave passengers alongside the building from floors 70 to 69. The slide is available for buyouts, and the event space holds up to 300 for a reception or 120 for a seated dinner. (213) 894-9000
Contact: Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, (888) 733-6952