Back in December last year, there was speculation swirling that the Chetrit Group-owned Trinity Auditorium — a beautiful Beaux-Arts structure built in 1914 located at 9th and Grand Ave — would become a second King & Grove operated hotel. In case you missed it, we found out earlier that month that King & Grove would operate the Hotel Clark near 4th and Hill (also owned by Chetrit Group). Now, thanks to readers Rob DeFrancesco and Cara who both sent me a Notice of Public Hearing they received in the mail (as DTLA residents), more details have been revealed about the Trinity Auditorium hotel project, including its new confirmed name: Empire Hotel.
According to the Notice of Public Hearing (NPH), the Empire Hotel will consist of 183 rooms within the 9-story historic structure. There will also be a variety of restaurants, bars/lounges including a 7,600 square foot rooftop bar and pool deck, two health spas, as well as the permitting of “public dancing” in the original Trinity Auditorium.
In addition, a “9-foot decorative wall” will be erected along the 9th Street and Grand Ave corner (currently an unattractive dirt lot) to provide privacy for the future hotel garden that will have a new “restaurant consisting of 2,095 square feet of indoor area and 989 square feet of outdoor area seating 248 patrons.”
Some of us in Downtown LA remember when the Trinity Auditorium was set to become the Gansevoort West, out of New York’s Meatpacking District. In September 2005, the LA Times reported that plans were to bring the trendy Manhattan hotel to Downtown LA within 18 months. The current dirt lot at 9th and Grand, that will now apparently become a hotel garden, was to be a new building with a unique feature. Hotel Chatter wrote:
“Of course, there will be rooftop pool but this has a little twist. It will be a 48-foot outdoor glass bottom rooftop pool, featuring underwater lights and music, stretching over one of two restaurants. Yes, this means as you do your daily breaststroke the diners eating breakfast can see everything you do underwater.”
The assumption is that King & Grove will still be the operator of Empire Hotel. However, there is currently no definitive timeline on when the hotel will actually open.
The Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Empire Hotel
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