Los Angeles-Area Hotels Jostle for Position

Major renovations and new brand names are in store for a number of hotels in the Los Angeles area, encompassing locations that include Century City, LAX, downtown and Pasadena.

• Rim Hospitality, which took over management of the 485-room Hyatt Regency in downtown Los Angeles, has reflagged the property as the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. The hotel is now undergoing a $10 million renovation of guestrooms, meeting spaces and public areas to be completed by early 2007.

• The Argyle Los Angeles will be renamed the Sunset Tower Hotel (its original 1929 name) in November, following completion of a renovation of its suites and the opening of a new 6,000-square-foot spa. A second phase of the renovation will include all guestrooms and public areas.

• Also getting a new name is the 728-room Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in Century City. Sunstone Hotel Investors and Global Hyatt Corp., which recently entered an agreement to acquire the property, plan to reflag it as the Hyatt Regency Century City. The hotel is also scheduled to get a $22.5 million renovation that will include the addition of a Regency level floor and Hyatt Regency Club.

• Following a recent $10 million renovation, the Renaissance Hotel LAX was renamed the Renaissance Montura Hotel Los Angeles. The name Montura, "a place where art is mounted," reflects the hotel's $14 million contemporary art collection.

• A $35 million renovation of the Sofitel Los Angeles, scheduled for completion next spring, includes the addition of a new spa that will include eight treatment rooms. All guestrooms will be updated with 32-inch plasma TVs, laptop connections, new bedding and redesigned bathrooms. The property will also feature a redesigned two-story lobby and a new fine-dining restaurant and lounge.

• A $19 million makeover for the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa included new carpeting and wall treatments for the hotel's 33,000 square feet of meeting space. The project also involved the refurbishment of 292 guestrooms as well as the lobby and dining areas.

• The 350-room Westin Pasadena now has a new 2,200-square-foot meeting room, while its 24,000 square feet of existing function space has been refurbished. The $11 million renovation also included the renovation of all guestrooms and the addition of a new restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining.

• A $5 million renovation of the 296-room Hilton Pasadena included the addition of a 528-square-foot meeting room, a business center and high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. The lobby and restaurant have been redesigned and the fitness center doubled in size.