The tallest hotel west of the Mississippi River stands at 1,100 feet and 73 stories, and it’s called the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
The shiny new building towers over everything else in the city’s financial district. It has 889 guestrooms, a Sky Lobby on the 70th floor, and five dining options, including the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.
It is also the largest InterContinental property in the Americas and represents parent company InterContinental Hotels Group’s western expansion.
“This is a historic moment for the InterContinental brand as we open the largest hotel in the Americas region and redefine the Los Angeles skyline,” says Elie Maalouf, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for The Americas.
IHG, which is managing the hotel, developed the project in conjunction with Korean Air. The property is owned by Hanjin Group, parent company of Korean Air. Construction began in 2014.
The guestrooms stretch from the 31st floor to the 70th floor, meaning pretty much everyone gets a view of the city and the Hollywood Hills.
Guests get a dramatic entrance on the 70th floor not only because of the views. The lobby has a three-story light sculpture of L.A.’s freeways.
To appeal to that convention business, the hotel has 95,000 square feet event, meeting, conference and banquet space, both indoor and outdoor. That includes a 21,000-square foot Grand Ballroom and 33 meeting rooms.
A Club InterContinental Lounge offers amenities such as priority check-in, drinks and snacks.
All 109 suites have living areas with views of the city. The 2,500-square foot Presidential Suite has a lounge area with a dining room, piano, kitchenette, walk-in closets, and soaking tub with city views. Suites also have Le Labo amenities, some personalized with the guest’s name on the bottles.
Guests and other visitors have five dining options starting with the Lobby Vodka Bar & Lounge. Sora on the 69th floor features made-to-order omakase or sushi delivered on a conveyor belt plus Japanese whiskey. Dekkadance on the 69th floor offers Neapolitan pizzas, carving stations and other delicacies.
La Boucherie on the 71st floor is a high-end steak house with private dining booths, including one VIP one.
Finally, on the 73th floor is Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere with 360-degree views.
Aside from the opulence, the hotel is also environmentally-friendly: It is the first LEED Gold-Certified building for design and construction downtown.
SOURCE: (USA Today)