One of the most highly anticipated hotel openings is actually a reopening of the storied Hotel Bel-Air. Arguably the most beautiful site for a property in Los Angeles, this celebrity-ridden retreat has been shuttered for a full two years while a massive overhaul took place under the auspices of the Dorchester Collection.
While keeping its celebrated Spanish Colonial architecture in check, design enhancements include special private bungalows. These delightful digs are decked out in sliding glass walls to bring the outdoors in, outdoor fireplaces, and private spa pools.
To the east of the Hotel Bel-Air, The Hotel Wilshire is set to bow in September. Conveniently located near museum row in Los Angeles' mid-Wilshire district, this green hotel has 74 rooms devoted to a hipster crowd who like their properties small and their accommodations spiffy. Lucky penthouse residents will enjoy a giant private patio while the rooftop pool is perfect for private receptions with room for up to 100 guests.
Also opening in September is The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica. Facing the famed Santa Monica Pier, this boutique hotel has been LEED certified -- the only property in this part of Los Angeles with these bragging rights. If you book, expect your visit to enjoy bright and cheery guest rooms, each with balconies and done in retro colors like teal and orange. A wall of glass in the lobby looks straight into the Pacific, a huge perk.
Meanwhile, for those visitors who are headed for beautiful downtown Burbank, the newcomer there is the Hotel Amarano Burank (which was originally The Graciela).
This gem in that neck of the Los Angeles woods is literally the only luxury boutique hotel in those parts and convenient to a number of studios like Universal and NBC. In addition, Warner Bros. is right around the corner from this nifty hideaway far from the fray of more urbanized Hollywood properties.
Nice aspects of the Amarano Burbank are full kitchenettes in each of 100 rooms and a rooftop lookout over the supreme Hollywood Hills. But the news here is that 32 more accommodations plus a new pool are being built with an expected completion date of spring 2012.
With the being said, anyone looking for a new or revived place to rest their head in the City of Angels should consider any of the above as Los Angeles ramps up with a slew of new and improved hotels that aim to please even the most discerning visitors. At your service!