• A two-year, $2.5 billion renovation is transforming Hollywood's iconic Century Plaza. When it opens in late 2019, the rebranded Fairmont Century Plaza will offer 394 rooms and suites, 63 condominiums and, in the near future, two 46-story towers with 290 private residences. Perks include a variety of restaurants and bars, retail, a two-acre garden, a 14,000-square-foot spa with fitness club and rooftop swimming, and 23,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,500-seat ballroom, 13,000 square feet of prefunction space and a 120-foot LED digital media wall designed by San Francisco's Obscura Digital.
• Mexico City-based Grupo Habita has purchased a 109-year-old brick industrial warehouse in the Arts District and is building a modern 66-room boutique hotel complemented by a restaurant and retail space, plus a rooftop pool, lounge and garden. It's slated to open in the first quarter of 2019.
• Nestled among L.A.'s oldest theaters and movie palaces, chic British brand Hoxton will debut a new 174-room hotel in a transformed 1925 building that was headquarters of the L.A. Railway Authority. Located in the city's historic downtown core at 11th and Broadway, the 10-story Hoxton LA will feature three restaurants, multiple bars and a rooftop pool when it opens in early 2019.
• L.A.-based Proper Hospitality is making headlines following the purchase of the former L.A. Press Club and Case Hotel building and rebranding it into the 148-room Proper Hotel Downtown LA with two restaurants, rooftop swimming and 6,800 square feet of meeting space. And just a few blocks from the Palisades Park and beach is the new 271-room Santa Monica Proper, which is embellished with three restaurants, a fitness center, rooftop swimming and 8,000 square feet of meeting space. Both hotels are scheduled to open in early 2019.
• The new Academy Museum, touted as the world's leading movie museum, is being built by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Los Angeles' Mid-City neighborhood. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the six-story, 300,000-square-foot building celebrates movie magic with galleries, props and costume displays, educational areas, a restaurant and special-event spaces including a rooftop terrace and an outdoor piazza. Slated to open in late 2019, it also features two theaters seating 1,000 and 288, respectively, and is available for group rentals, accommodating up to 2,500 guests.
• Speaking of silver-screen enchantment, the $1 billion, 290,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has broken ground in Exposition Park, site of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Featuring art and artifacts from George Lucas' personal collection, the curvaceous, spaceship-like structure will also curate 10,000 paintings and illustrations by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from films like Star Wars and The Ten Commandments. The museum is scheduled to open in 2022.
• The first open-air stadium to be built in Los Angeles in 30 years has opened. Banc of California Stadium, home to Major League Soccer's new expansion team, the Los Angeles Football Club, features 22,000 seats and various spaces for meetings and events, all equipped with premium hospitality. Highlighting the new venue is the Sunset Deck, which, in addition to offering panoramic views of downtown L.A. and the iconic Hollywood Sign, features two enclosed multipurpose rooms for corporate meetings, lunches and parties, plus a rooftop venue suitable for banquet-style events or trade shows.
• A newly renovated, 7,523-square-foot meeting center has debuted near LAX at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. The Hub Conference Center features a new stadium-seated auditorium, an executive boardroom and 17 meeting rooms to accommodate up to 50 attendees.
• A new Marriott-flagged property — the 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay — is scheduled to open this May, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and the surrounding South Bay beach cities. Situated in El Segundo’s bustling business district, the European-inspired six-story hotel features 2,177 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and a rooftop bar and restaurant that offers bird’s-eye views of the new Los Angeles Stadium.
• Ocean-view elegance will become the telling hallmark of the former Oceana Beach Club Hotel, which has undergone a $25 million head-to-toe transformation and will re-emerge as the all-new Oceana this May. Located in Santa Monica, 16 miles west of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the 70-suite JRK Hotel Group boutique property will feature a fitness studio and spa, an outdoor courtyard lounge and pool, indoor/outdoor dining and meeting space for up to 60 guests.
• Sydell Group has transformed a historic 1923 building into the 241-room NoMad Los Angeles. Decorated with custom-designed furnishings and original artwork, the 12-story Downtown L.A. hotel property also offers a rooftop pool with panoramic city views, multiple food-and-beverage venues and 650 square feet of meeting space.
• A $30 million renovation has transformed downtown L.A.'s historic Hotel Figueroa. Featuring a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare, the 268-room property now boasts 57 new suites, expanded bathrooms, a new pool bar, a new lobby and a rooftop garden. Highlights include Breva — a tapas-style restaurant serving Northern Spain- and Southern France-inspired dishes — and Bar Alta, a 28-seat bartender's table.
• A multimillion-dollar renovation of the Marriott Manhattan Beach has completely transformed this 26-acre property. The reflagged westdrift Manhattan Beach — the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles — features 393 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a restaurant, a fitness center and 35,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space including 18 meeting rooms, a ballroom and three industrial-chic venues.
• The Los Angeles Convention Center has installed a 5G wireless network, making it the first convention center in the United States to deploy a technology that dramatically increases wireless speeds and capacity for AI, VR and video calling services. The cutting-edge tech was successfully deployed in September.