On August 4, 2012, the Marriott Hotel in Downtown LA ceased to operate under that hotel brand. Since then, the old Marriott hotel signs have all been taken down and replaced by a temporary name called “The L.A. Hotel Downtown.” A source close to the hotel who wishes to remain anonymous explained to me that the ownership (the Chinese Shenzhen New World Group Co) has been updating the rooms to a “higher standard” even as the hotel operated under the Marriott brand.
The 14-story hotel, built in 1983 as the Sheraton Grande, was purchased out of foreclosure in 2010 by the Chinese company at a steep discount according to an LA Times article. The new Chinese owners “vowed to improve the aging hotel, which caters to business travelers.”
All 469 rooms will be updated to a modern design standard that will allow the hotel to compete with other hotels in Downtown LA, especially as the competition starts to heat up as more hotels are renovated and built near the Staples Center/Convention Center, including the new 23-story Marriott Residence Inn and Courtyard. Apparently, floors 12 through 14 are almost completed in their upgrades to the new standard.
In addition to the hotel guest rooms, the lobby and common areas as well as the ballroom, which are currently dated in appearance, will also be remodeled to be consistent with the new design theme throughout the entire hotel. The whole process may take at least another 6 months to complete.
Although it has not been established yet, the owners of the hotel are in the process of converting their property into a Hyatt Regency brand, which according to Wikipedia, “are aimed at convention and business travelers as well as leisure travelers and are located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world.”
If that is the case, it would be the return of Hyatt Regency back into Downtown LA as Hyatt Regency used to operate at Macy’s Plaza in the Financial District before it was converted to the now-present Sheraton back in 2006.
The renderings below show us what we can expect for the new potential Hyatt Regency in Downtown LA.
What the hotel looks like today