Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom
Jan04

Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom


The boutique hotel trend continues apace in Downtown Los Angeles. The latest entry into the field is the British mini-chain Hoxton. Hoxton is a six-year-old brand that spans hotels, restaurants, retail, events, and seemingly whatever else strikes their fancy. On the surface it is the epitome of hipster exuberance.  But upon closer inspection, the hype is mostly tongue-in-cheek.  This is a high end brand that doesn’t take itself...

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Gehry Design For 8150 Sunset Strip Development Unveiled
Aug29

Gehry Design For 8150 Sunset Strip Development Unveiled


A three-acre chunk of prime real estate at 8150 Sunset Blvd. will be the site of an ambitious Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use development. Gehry Partners last week unveiled the design of the $300 million Townscape Partners project that will rise above Sunset Blvd. just west of the Crescent Heights-Laurel Canyon intersection. The design inspiration for the 8150 Sunset project was a hotel known as the Garden of Allah that once stood at...

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Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex
Aug20

Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex


A new W Hotel and mixed-use development is planned at the corner of St. Figueroa and 11th Street in downtown L.A. Starwood Hotels and Hazels Real Estate Group announced the plans for what will be the area’s third W Hotel. The hotel will be known as W Los Angeles Downtown. It will be located in a mixed-use development area across from the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex (home to Microsoft Theatre, Club Microsoft, and ESPN Zone). Key...

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Neighbor News: Desert Tourist Trap to Let You Sleep Like an Alien Baby
May29

Neighbor News: Desert Tourist Trap to Let You Sleep Like an Alien Baby


If you’ve ever plied the I-15 north of Los Angeles into the Mojave Desert, you may have come across a nice little tourist trap called the Alien Beef Jerky Store.  It’s a small place where you can load up on oddly-themed sodas, dozens of kinds of dried beef products, and various Area 51-related tchochkies, even though Baker, California is almost 300 miles from Rachel, Nevada — the nearest town to Area 51. If you’ve...

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