Downtown Los Angeles is continuing its years-long transformation from an eyesore into an asset. The latest sign of its renaissance: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a landmark new hotel there, it announced yesterday.
Located in downtown Los Angeles' historic financial and arts district -- just a few blocks from the Staples Center and L.A. Live -- the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the $1 billion Wilshire Grand Center, which at 1,100 feet and 73 stories is the tallest building west of Chicago. The largest InterContinental in the Americas, the hotel has 889 guest rooms that reach from the Wilshire Grand Center's 31st floor to the hotel's sky lobby (pictured), which is located on the 70th floor so guests can enjoy breathtaking city views as they check in.
"This is a historic moment for the InterContinental brand as we open the largest hotel in the Americas region and redefine the Los Angeles skyline … [with] this new marquee hotel," said Elie Maalouf, CEO of IHG, The Americas.
Other hotel highlights include a Club InterContinental Lounge; a 2,500-square-foot Presidential suite; five bars and restaurants, including a high-end steakhouse with private dining and a "wine tunnel" on the 71st floor and the tallest open-air bar in the Western hemisphere on the 73rd floor; and nearly 95,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 33 meeting rooms and a 21,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom.
Concluded General Manager Jean-Jacques Reibel, "We set out to create a hotel that not only would forever change the skyline of Los Angeles, but where service and high-design are integral to every luxury guest room, restaurant, and amenity. As such, our commitment is that the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel exceeds well beyond our guest's expectations."
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