This will be the first Waldorf in Southern California and they're pulling out all the stops:
· The hotel will have 170 rooms, with 128 standard rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and landscaped private balconies; the other 42 will be fancier suites.
· Standard rooms will run between $660 and $840, suites will obviously be more.
· The architecture is from Gensler and is meant to evoke the Streamline Moderne style with curving white stone and bronze accents; interiors will be from Pierre Yves-Rochon.
· The lobby will be three stories and built in an Art Deco style. It will include a giant clock, similar to the one in NYC's Waldorf.
· Alagem plans on making much better use of the grounds around the Hilton by putting parking underground; this should free up four acres of open space and gardens that he describes as an "urban resort" and a "secret garden."
· There will be parking built under the new buildings for a total of 1,800 parking spaces.
· An upscale restaurant, jewelry store, spa, and rooftop pool are also part of the plans.
· Opening is slated for 2017.
Waldorf-Astoria has really struggled to get any of their branded properties off the ground. Waldorfs in Las Vegas and Chicago have been cancelled and their Montreal proposal is hanging by a thread. Perhaps LA will school the others on how to get a Waldorf-Astoria to a grand opening. :cheers: