There are some interesting new developments in the City of Angels—of the hotel variety, that is. There are there haute new properties popping up in L.A. that might just join the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Montage Beverly Hills and the Malibu Beach Inn among our favorite places to stay in L.A.
The Proper Hotels will open its second Proper property in L.A. next year. Developers Frank Stork, Channing Henry and The Kor Group teamed up to buy the historic 1924 YWCA building at 11th and Broadway. The new hotel, which is slated in to open in 2017, will reside in the 13-story red brick and stone masonry building. Guests will find a destination restaurant, a rooftop pool and lounge and a destination restaurant. The first Proper hotel will open its doors in San Francisco at the end of 2015.
MAMA Shelter, the European hotel collection known for its chic boutique hotels, has just opened its doors in Hollywood this summer. The six-story hotel designed by Thierry Gaugain is located just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and includes 70 comfortably appointed rooms, a menu conceptualized by Chef Benjamin Bailly in a Californian communal restaurant with an authentic American Diner experience and a Coffee Shop serving an Intelligentsia Coffee and Farmshop pastries. Key Los Angeles and New York artists have also been invited to create chalk artwork on the hotel lobby ceiling with tributes to their mothers—akin to a west coast pop-culture Sistine Chapel. Additional artists to be featured throughout the hotel include photographers Alex Prager (featured in a 2010 Museum of Modern Art exhibition) and Matthew Brandt (part of the Getty Museum’s current show “Light, Paper, Process”) who are creating imagery for the hotel’s elevators; French fashion photographer and video director Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Los Angeles artist Andrew Bush are shooting material for the bar; Matthew Brannon has designed the neon sign that will perch atop the six-story hotel’s roof at the corner of Selma and Wilcox avenues. Additionally—a first for a hotel in the U.S.—the hotel has 27-inch iMacs (featuring television, free XXX video on demand, movie channels, video/photo booth, radio, airplay, free Wi-Fi and Internet)—as well as the MAMA Skin range of bio-care products in partnership with Absolution, a business center and 24/7 valet. Starting in October, Mama will also feature a rooftop with a Venice Beach-style fitness center, bar and theatre.
ONE BEVERLY HILLS
One Beverly Hills is a huge—and we do mean huge—hotel-condo development in Beverly Hills at 9900 Wilshire Boulevard. The former home of Robinsons-May department store was initially expected to open as a residential area only, though it’s been reported that the Wanda Group, which purchased the property last year, now intends to open a 134-hotel on the grounds, slated to open in 2019. Architect Richard Meier has been tapped to design.
THE BEVERLY HILLS WALDORF ASTORIA
The west coast will finally receive its first Waldorf Astoria, and it’s in a pretty prime location, too. Construction has now begun on the 12-story hotel, designed by Gensler and with interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, will cost an estimated $200 million, and it’s going to look awesome if the rumors are true. The hotel will reportedly be done in the Streamline Moderne style—even its most basic rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows—as well as landscaped private balconies. Additionally, expect to find “secret” gardens (if you can find them) and a three-story lobby with murals of the California coastline. The Waldorf is expected to open in 2017.