Long before the mortgage meltdown or the gasoline price flare-up, hotel developers laid plans for grand resorts and hotels that would elevate the concept of luxury. Some of the biggest, boldest players in the hotel industry are debuting properties in Southern California and Las Vegas beginning this fall and through early next year. Hold on to your wallets; none of them comes cheap. Here's a roundup of what's going up and going on in the lodging industry.
ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD
Where: 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
Inside look: When the scaffolding finally comes down on this Sunset Strip icon, Hyatt will debut a new brand in North America, ANdAZ. The former Hyatt West Hollywood will transform into a more upscale hotel guided by the motto "Sophistication made simple." The former "Riot House," nicknamed for the antics of the rock stars who stayed there, aims to embrace its reputation and history, but details aren't yet confirmed. The décor won't be the only modern element. In a break with tradition, the room rate at this luxury hotel will include local phone calls, Wi-Fi, breakfast, some laundry services, movies and the minibar.
Rates: Not yet available.
Opening date: Later this year.
ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS
Where: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd., adjacent to the Wynn Las Vegas on the Strip.
Inside look: Though the Encore hotel and casino are next door to the Wynn flagship, at 2,034 rooms this luxury newcomer is about 700 rooms smaller than its sister. Developer Steve Wynn plans to include five restaurants, 11 retail offerings, the XS nightclub, spa, salon and pool to make the $1.9-billion Encore a distinct resort, not just a second tower. The smallest rooms are 700 square feet; the largest, 5,800.
Rates: As low as $339. Based on availability and occupancy.
Opening date: December, though room reservations are not available until January. Info: (888) 320-7125, www.encorelasvegas.com
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS
Where: 225 N. Canon Drive, between Canon and Beverly drives, north of Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills.
Inside look: The eight-story hotel, a sister to the Laguna Beach property, is built in the Spanish colonial revival style on the exterior, but recalls 1920s and '30s California with Spanish, Italian and Moroccan aesthetics in the interior and courtyard. The 201 guest rooms and suites range from 500 to 2,000 square feet. With a two-level spa with a coed mineral pool, fine dining restaurants, a rooftop bar and grill and lobby lounge, the hotel adds another luxury contender to the Beverly Hills market.
Rates: $595 to $6,500.
Opening date: November.
Info: (888) 860-0788, www.montagebeverlyhills.com
THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL
Luxury hotels debuting in Southern California, Las Vegas
Some of the hotel industry's biggest players are getting set to unveil their lavish properties, and no, they won't come cheap.
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