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Representatives of the Wilshire Grand development ended months of speculation earlier today, announcing that Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts will operate the 73-story tower's 900-room luxury inn. Surprisingly, that's not the only hotel buzz emanating from Downtown Los Angeles at the moment.
According to an interview with HOTELS Magazine, New York-based Hampshire Hotels Management is planning to open a new location in close vicinity to Staples Center and LA Live. CEO Eric Danziger states that the company is considering either the Time Hotel or another 3-star brand for their South Park outpost. The as-of-yet undisclosed location would be their second in Los Angeles, following the upcoming Dream Hollywood Hotel.
One potential home could be the $1 billion Metropolis development, which will feature a 350-room hotel at the intersection of 9th and Francisco Streets. Although city documents had previously pointed to IHG's Hotel Indigo as the likely operator of the 19-story tower, developer Greenland USA has yet to give official word. Other proposed developments from Mack Urban and the Oceanwide Group also call for substantial hotel components, but have yet to announce operators.
- HOTELS Interview: Danziger's Dreams for Hampshire (HOTELS Magazine)