It’s been a busy year for the Los Angeles hospitality industry, as the red-hot hotel scene adds some impressive new players. First there was the Nobu Ryokan Malibu, the gorgeous 16-room pad which opened on Carbon Beach in late April. A midcentury motel (the Casa Malibu) was converted into a tranquil Japanese-style ryokan. Also nabbing headlines is the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which has been the talk of the town since opening in June. (Restaurants by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a spa by La Prairie, and L.A.’s largest rooftop pool deck—what’s not to love?)
Completing this luxurious triumvirate is the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, which recently opened inside California’s tallest building. Here’s what LAist has to say about this dizzying new landmark: “There might be no more iconic a symbol of downtown L.A.'s renaissance than the Wilshire Grand tower. The 1,100-foot, $1.2 billion building is a reflection of California, too, as it is designed after the state it rises over.” (The tower’s curves are supposed to reflect Yosemite's Half Dome, while the carpets are reminiscent of the San Joaquin Valley’s farm fields.)
This is the largest InterContinental hotel in the Americas—with a whopping 889 rooms, occupying some 40 of the tower’s 73 floors. From the Sky Lobby on the 70th floor, you can see all the way to Catalina Island, 40 miles out in the Pacific, on a clear day. A number of bars and eateries already have tongues wagging. La Boucherie on 71 is a French steakhouse; Sora serves sushi and Japanese whisky; Dekkadence is described as a “farm to fork, international market experience”, and the Spire 73, perched on the 73rd floor, is billed as the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere, complete with fire pits. Cheers!