DTLA Rising broke the news exactly a year ago that a new boutique hotel conversion project was proposed for the 4-story, 122-room SRO Oviatt Apartments at the SW corner of Pico and Flower in South Park — near the LA Convention Center and the Pico Metro station with Blue/Expo Line service. Today, Curbed LA via LA Business Journal, reported that Paligroup, the LA-based upscale boutique hotel chain with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, has been brought on to be the hotel operator for the project.
The developer of the project, Primrose Design Group, originally sought out for a joint venture with plans to convert the Oviatt Apartments into a 60-90 room hotel, which will still likely be the case as the Palihouse Hotel. Aesthetically, the project may still end up with the original vision, which is to incorporate ideas from current existing hotels such as Citizen M in the Netherlands and the Keating Hotel in San Diego.
Early renderings of the hotel suggest a dramatic color scheme given to the brick structure with modern design elements such as glass railings on the rooftop and vertical slender billboards installed on two sides of the hotel. There may also be new hotel signage and glass wrapping the ground floor, which will give the corner of Pico/Flower a renewed appearance. Also, the hotel’s location less than a block from the Pico Blue/Expo Line station will make it very convenient for hotel guests to access the city.
When completed, the hotel is slated to have up to two new restaurants/lounges on the ground floor and a rooftop bar and pool deck with dramatic views of the Downtown LA skyline to the north. Timeline for completion will likely be in 2014.
For more info about Palihouse, check out their site at www.palihouse.com.