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special feature los angeles By Irvina Lew, Alissa Ponchione, Michael Webb, and Regina Winkle-Bryan 1. An exterior rendering of boutique hotel 8950 Sunset Boulevard, designed by HBA with architecture from three: living architecture. CALIFORNIA DREAMING Steady growth for the City of Angels Los Angeles entices stargazers and dreamers to its idyllic coastal setting, and in the past few years, developers have also garnered a renewed interest in the West Coast city. Downtown LA is flourishing and trending upward thanks to Millennials who are cultivating a cool, hip, culturally aware, and diverse vibe in the area. "People want to live downtown, which they never used to before," says Leah Dauer Murphy, senior vice president at HVS, who credits a friendlier environment and lower barriers to entry as development motivators. In the last year, LA added 28 hotel projects (second in the U.S. only to Dallas with 44) and by the fourth quarter of 2015 saw 96 projects under construction, in the pipeline, or in early planning stages for 17,332 rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics. Along with a robust downtown market, much of the credit goes to an influx of global travelers (6.7 million foreign visitors flocked to the city last year, representing a 3.4 percent increase from 2014, according to LA's tourism and convention bureau Discover Los Angeles), especially from China, and the success of boutique properties in up-and-coming areas, like the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and French transplant Mama Shelter in Hollywood, acting as a blueprint for developers. Big brands like Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental, are finding a home in LA as are lifestyle brands-and it seems very few neighborhoods are being left out of the action (West Hollywood alone is set to increase its hotel inventory by 20 percent, according to Visit West Hollywood). There's a downtown Kelly Wearstler-designed Proper Hotel planned; the recently renovated W Hollywood by Dawson Design Associates; the highly anticipated Pierre-Yves Rochon-designed Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and Jean Georges signature restaurant expected to open next year; boutique offering 8950 Sunset Boulevard by HBA that promises to be a technology and design triumph; the ultra-luxury 190-key West Hollywood Edition Hotel & Residences; Denihan Hospitality Group's 286-room James opening later this year, the first ground-up hotel in West Hollywood in 30 years; Kimpton's 105-room La Peer hotel set for the West Hollywood Design District; and the NoMad, which will be housed in downtown's circa1920s Giannini Place building, planned for a fall 2017 launch. And slated for 2019, Related Companies will open its second Equinox hotel, following its slated New York debut. It's not just hotels that are defining the city's prosperous path. Restaurants (keeping LA's reputation as a foodie town) and co-working spaces alike further prove that development is only gaining momentum. Here is a look at a few of Tinseltown's newest and (planned) greatest. May 2016 259

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2016

Hospitality Design - May 2016
Online TOC
From the Editor
People: HD Summit
People: CitySCENE Atlanta
Business Sense: Mergers
Sustainable Studio: Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Inspiration: Zaha Hadid Superyachts
Trends: Airport Lounges
Trends: Extended Stays
Places: Austin
Places: London
Interview: Brad Wilson
Interview: Chip Conley
Interview: Alan Faena
Interview: Neil Jacobs
Interview: Pacifica Hotels
5 Questions for Dan Flannery
Profile: Thom Filicia
Trends Custom Art
ICFF Preview
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Conference Highlights
Show Highlights
Places: Las Vegas
Special Feature: Los Angeles
The Camby Hotel + Axiom Hotel
Seamarq Hotel
The Charmant Hotel
Soho Farmhouse
Generator Amsterdam
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Rivertown Lodge
Casa Bonay
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Les Bains
Talde Miami Beach
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2016