Buoyed by a record number of annual visitors for the sixth straight year, Los Angeles finished 2016 with the fastest growing rate of hotel-room demand of any major U.S. market. With room inventory expanding by 2%, the L.A. hotel market recorded an 81% occupancy rate, while room rates rose 8.5% from a year earlier, according to STR. With such demand growth in mind, developers continue to build a combination of independent and chain properties across the region.
Pacifica Hotels’ boutique hotel The Kinney opened in late July on Washington Boulevard, about a half-mile east of Venice Pier. The Kinney has 68 rooms and features a year-round heated pool as well as a social area called the Quad, which includes ping pong tables, a fire pit and chaise lounges.
Marriott International’s upscale Residence Inn brand debuted in Pasadena proper in August. Residence Inn Pasadena Old Town has 144 rooms and is located on Fair Oaks Avenue, three blocks north of Colorado Boulevard.
In September, Hilton Worldwide added Glendale’s first hotel under the Hampton Inn & Suites upper-midscale select-service brand. Located on Brand Boulevard, the Hampton Inn & Suites Glendale has 94 rooms.
Burbank’s first Hilton Garden Inn opened on San Fernando Boulevard with 209 rooms.
In October, Zislis Group soft-opened the Shade Hotel Redondo Beach, the second property under its luxury-boutique Shade brand. The 54-room hotel, whose sister property is in Manhattan Beach, offers marina views, an event space that can accommodate as many as 250 guests, and a rooftop “Aqua Deck” with a pool.
The 171-room Hampton Inn & Suites LAX El Segundo debuted in early November on Sepulveda Boulevard near the southern edge of Los Angeles International Airport.
Sydell Group is introducing its Freehand hotel/hostel brand to Los Angeles. The Freehand, which has properties in Miami Beach and Chicago and includes private rooms as well as hostel accommodations, will be built at the site of the Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive Streets. The property will include 226 rooms as well as a rooftop pool when it opens in early 2017.
The Dream Hotels boutique-luxury brand is scheduled to open on Hollywood’s “Cahuenga Corridor” in early 2017. Dream Hotel Group’s (formerly Hampshire Hotels Management) local outpost will have 179 rooms, an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area and a Mid-Century Modern decor designed by New York-based Rockwell Group.
Choice Hotels International’s upscale Cambria badge will enter the Los Angeles area with the opening of Cambria El Segundo LAX. Slated to open by March 2017, the hotel, to be developed by Fillmore Hospitality, will have 152 rooms as well as a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel will be located about two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport.
Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica will have 143 rooms. The hotel will be near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street, about four blocks east of the historic Santa Monica Pier.
China-based Greenland Group is developing Metropolis, a $1 billion mixed-use project located just east of the Harbor Freeway in Downtown L.A. Metropolis will include an 18-story, 350-room hotel under InterContinental Hotels Group’s Hotel Indigo brand.
A 112-room property under Hilton Worldwide’s Hampton Inn & Suites brand will open in Hollywood on Vine Street near Santa Monica Boulevard in early 2017.
InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) Kimpton boutique-hotel division will enter Hollywood with The Everly. The 216-room hotel will feature a fifth-floor pool deck with views to the Pacific Ocean as well as a street-level café.
Downtown’s Hotel Figueroa reopened in November after the property, which was first built as a women’s hostel in 1926, received $55 million in upgrades. The 268-room hotel, which is known for its Spanish Colonial architecture, features six bars and restaurants.
Denihan Hospitality Group’s James luxury brand will make its West Coast debut as part of CIM Group’s Sunset La Cienega mixed-use project in West Hollywood. The James West Hollywood-Sunset will total 286 rooms and will include two restaurants – including an Italian concept operated by SLS Hotels parent SBE – a rooftop bar, and about 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The project will also have a 190-unit residential building and about 40,000 square feet of retail space.
Hilton Worldwide’s upscale Hilton Garden Inn brand will add the 133-room Hilton Garden Inn El Monte on Valley Boulevard.
The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand will open on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, will be 12 stories tall and will have 170 rooms.
Celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa is taking over the old Casa Malibu and repurposing it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, will have 18 rooms.
The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will be part of the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi River when the Wilshire Grand Center opens in 2017. The 900-room hotel will include a “sky lobby” on the 70th floor. The $1.1 billion project, which is being developed by Korean Air and Hanjin Group, will also include 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. When completed, Wilshire Grand Center will be about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower.
InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) Kimpton boutique-hotel unit will open The La Peer in West Hollywood. The 105-room hotel will be located in the city’s design district and will feature a roof deck.
Hilton’s Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport will be among the closest airports to LAX when it opens along Century Boulevard with 121 rooms.
Sydell Group, which opened The Line Hotel in Koreatown in 2014, will open the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel by next winter. The NoMad will be redeveloped out of Downtown L.A.’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-story hotel will have about 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool.
Hilton will bring its Hampton Inn & Suites brand to Koreatown with a 172-rooms hotel.
Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-story property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms as well as a rooftop that includes a restaurant, bar and pool.
The first U.S. West Coast property under Marriott International and Ian Schrager’s Edition lifestyle brand will open on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in 2018. Developed by the Witkoff Group and New Valley, the hotel will have 190 rooms and as many as 20 luxury condominiums. The hotel will boast two rooftop pools.
AccorHotels’ Fairmont badge will take over Century City’s Century Plaza hotel when the hotel is redeveloped. The Fairmont Century Plaza will have 394 rooms and 63 luxury residences, down from the hotel’s 726 rooms when it shuttered in 2016. The project will also have 290 luxury residences in the project’s two new 46-story towers.
Oceanwide Plaza, the mixed-use project that will be built adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, will include L.A.'s first hotel under the Park Hyatt luxury badge. The Park Hyatt Los Angeles will have 184 rooms, including 34 suites.
Downtown Los Angeles’s first hotel under Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ W lifestyle brand will be part of a $700 million project to be built by China-based Shenzhen Hazens at 11th and Figueroa Streets, across the street from L.A. LIVE and Staples Center. The W Los Angeles Downtown will have 121 rooms and about 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
Pendry, the Montage Hotels & Resorts brand that’s slated to debut in San Diego later this year, will make its Los Angeles-area entry when the modern-luxury hotel is built at the Sunset Strip site formerly occupied by House of Blues.
Los Angeles’s 102-year-old Trinity Auditorium building on Downtown’s Grand Avenue will be redeveloped into a hotel with 183 rooms as well as a ballroom and a rooftop pool deck.
New York-based Simon Baron Development is planning to redevelop the old Cecil Hotel site, which houses the Stay on Main budget property as well as about 300 residential units, into a combination of residential units and upscale hotel rooms. The yet-to-be-named hotel will have a rooftop pool and other amenities.