After years of speculation and mystery surrounding the continued renovations going on behind the Chetrit Group-owned Hotel Clark located near 4th and Hill Street in Downtown LA’s revitalizing Historic Core, including the addition of a new pool deck, I am very excited to break the news to the downtown community that we are getting a new King and Grove Hotel!
First off, a little background about King and Grove from their website:
“King & Grove is a new lifestyle hotel brand defined by modern luxury with eclectic influences. Dedicated to creating intriguing hotels that are sophisticated yet accessible, King & Grove is launching a collection of iconic destinations themed by a sense of nostalgia delivered through thoughtfully crafted environments. With an emphasis on immersive service, King & Grove hotels will feature honest and aspiring restaurants and bars, progressive retail, and unique amenities.”
Thanks to a very sharp reader of mine, Rob DeFrancesco, who emailed me a Hotel Chatter article about The Tides Hotel in South Beach Miami being recently acquired by the King and Grove Hotels. The connection here mentioned in the article was that King and Grove–a new boutique hotel brand started by two affiliates of Morgans Hotel Group, Ed Scheetz and Ben Pundole–was also recently infused with investment funds by the Chetrit Group to expand with more locations.
After sending an inquiry to King and Grove asking about their involvement with the Hotel Clark, I received a reply back from Jennifer Foley Shields, VP of Media Relations for King and Grove Hotels, “The Clark will become a King & Grove property, you are correct. At this point, I’m not able to provide any further detail.” And according to the hotel’s website: “King & Grove currently operates The Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk [Long Island, NY] and has multiple properties in development in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago.”
The Hotel Clark in Downtown LA will be King and Grove’s fourth confirmed hotel (in addition to The Tides, The Surf Lodge, and Ruschmeyer’s), and as far as we know, the only one planned for Los Angeles. The Chetrit Group’s other Downtown LA hotel property in the making, the Embassy Auditorium, remains a mystery at this point.
King and Grove will be a substantial addition to this part of the Historic Core when it opens (still undetermined at this time), which will inject very much needed energy and life onto this block, forming a much stronger pedestrian connection between Pershing Square with Grand Central Market and Angels Flight.
Examples of King & Grove’s hotels: