Enjoy a Summer Sunset at The Bungalow Santa Monica’s Night Market

The Bungalow is known to Santa Monica citizens as one of the most populated bars on the Westside. Its brand built on surf culture, Baja California and a quality sunset over the Pacific leads locals and visitors alike to keep coming back to the inviting venue attached to the Fairmont Hotel. With summer just around the corner, The Bungalow has a new draw with the launch of their Night Market—a weekly event featuring a selection of LA’s best food trucks. Learn more about The Bungalow’s plans for a bustling, beachside summer event.

The Bungalow Santa Monica Night Market

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Night Market Launches May 16th

For those looking to get their weekend started early, Thursday nights at The Bungalow are the place to be with their Night Market launching on May 16th and running through fall. The free KCRW-sponsored event will stake its claim on what is currently the Bungalow’s parking lot, which normally houses valet cars along with a line of people that snakes through the space on weekends. The unstoppable Bungalow crowds are sure to appreciate a new reason to stop by and take advantage of an additional space to hang out along the iconic Ocean Boulevard.

 

 

The Bungalow Santa Monica Night Market

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica Night Market

Street Eats & Casual Bites

Running each week from 5-10pm, the Night Market will take on a different tone than the bar to attract foodies of all ages craving street eats and families searching for a fun summer activity. Picnic tables will be set up throughout as guests can try different tastes from some of the best food trucks in the city. Buzzed about Mexican food favorite Tacos 1986 will be a part of the menu along with popular vegan food truck ManEatingPlant. Opening night will include a special acoustic performance by Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray, with further live music performances expected to be announced in the future. DJs from KCRW’s schedule will also be playing hits as guests enjoy casual bites in front of an LA sunset.

 

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Photo: Tacos 1986

Brent Bolthouse & The Bungalow

Bungalow visionary Brent Bolthouse joined designers Studio Collective to open up the now iconic indoor-outdoor space in the summer of 2012. Since then, the beloved brand has expanded to include another location in Huntington Beach with additional venues in La Jolla and Long Beach scheduled to open by the end of the year. Guests flock to both of the current locations to take in the quintessentially Californian vibe while sipping drinks in a welcoming, beachy environment.

Bolthouse is also known for creating exciting events and is recently coming off the heels of the success of the annual Neon Carnival Coachella after party. The 2019 event included an encore with a second round of festivities occurring after Goldenvoice’s other desert festival, Stagecoach. Bolthouse plans to make Night Market a staple in the Santa Monica summer scene alongside the first ever Santa Monica LGBT Pride festival arriving in June and the return of the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts in August.

 

Photo: Brent Bolthouse and Alessandra Ambrosio at Neon Carnival – by Just Jared

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The all ages Bungalow Night Market is free and open to the public each Thursday evening from 5-10pm beginning on May 16th, 2019, and will last through the end of the summer.

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Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

The Benefits of SevenRooms Technology in Hospitality

With an ever-evolving market of technology being integrated into hospitality, some companies rise to the forefront by offering innovative services to improve the operational flow of businesses. Customer relations management systems like SevenRooms help brands to connect with their guests through providing insight into their needs. SevenRooms has made an impact in a number of hotels, restaurants and hospitality venues across the world, and continues to provide services that help businesses take their brands to the next level.

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Company

For venues looking to make an impression on their guests, advancements in technology have ushered in a new era where businesses rely on tech to support their success. Owners now have to consider how these new innovations are integrated into customer expectations, and how these tools can be used to enhance the guest experience. SevenRooms aims to provide these solutions through empowering businesses to be able to connect with their guests and build personalized relationships. Making guests feel right at home is their primary goal, building their company around taking hospitality to a new level fit for the 21st Century.

 

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Services

The variety of solutions SevenRooms is able to provide makes for a one-stop-shop for owners aiming to improve their guests’ experience before, during and after arriving at their venue. Making a reservation has never been easier as both web and mobile applications assist guests in planning their visit to a venue. Guest profiles help both the customer and the venue through managing covers in an organized way, beginning before they even walk through the door. During their visit, guests’ profiles are updated with relevant information to build a database for owners to draw from in customizing future visits. SevenRooms is also able to offer reservation upgrades and additional experiences, along with event management systems that help organize processes to generate more revenue for businesses. Marketing campaigns can also be tracked to make targeting relevant guests a simple task.

 

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Hospitality Spaces

There are a number of environments where SevenRooms can be integrated to streamline operational processes and improve guest relations. Restaurants see improvements through utilizing reservation features that build customer profiles and create ease within in-house seating. In the world of hotels, staying organized with the thousands of guests staying at the venue each year becomes an essential priority. With SevenRooms, guest information can be synced across properties to create a seamless experience no matter where they stay. Successful marketing campaigns created through the system make for loyal guests as they see the perks of repeating visits across properties. Nightlife venues also benefit from using SevenRooms through keeping track of the bevy of patrons that often slip through the cracks. Guestlist management, promoter tracking tools and check-in systems all contribute to a successful night of service. Live spend tracking lets owners see which of their guests are big supporters of the brand, and information kept in guest profiles contributes to helpug them feel like a welcomed regular. Other entertainment spaces like sporting and entertainment venues, membership clubs and the like have also seen benefits from SevenRooms’ organizational support.

 

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LA’s ‘The Bungalow’ Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.

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The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has lead to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the upcoming 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Long Beach will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. After it breaks ground in the spring, the new seaside lounge has an anticipated opening date of fall 2019.

Expecting to break ground in summer of 2019, The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination by spring of 2020.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come with even more elegant and trendy hotels preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip will never be the same after the opening of 1 Hotel, sitting right across from the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand is establishing its nationwide influence with its first location on the West Coast. Thoughtfully designed rooms with an already buzzed about rooftop lounge, Harriets, the space will draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic backdrop as a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. The Thompson will redefine a boutique hotel experience through sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets that will live up to the dazzling Hollywood locale.

 

Photo: Thompson Hollywood

Photo: Thompson Hollywood

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new addition to Century City aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop bar, the Fairmont is bringing forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

 

Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

Revamping a historical Downtown building constructed in 1926, the new Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms and two restaurants in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. The expansive meeting spaces and rooftop restaurant, bar and pool will satisfy its guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

 

Photo: Proper DTLA

Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

 

Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles will have a new stylish hotel with the Hoxton opening up in a historic Broadway building. The classic yet modern design will mix with LA’s trendy culture with a lobby restaurant and bar and a rooftop pool—the first for the brand’s collection of properties.

 

Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

 

Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood

Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood

W Los Angeles Downtown

This massive undertaking Downtown is slated to have two towers and 300 rooms overlooking their across-the-street neighbors LA Live and the Staples Center. Being the first hotel in the neighborhood from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the new property will be sure to draw in trendsetters with its youthful and chic branding.

 

Photo: W Hotel DTLA

Photo: W Hotel DTLA

West Hollywood EDITION

The new EDITION hotel sits on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

 

Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming soon to Downtown Los Angeles, the sophisticated design of this luxury hotel will lure you in to experience an elegant stay in a bustling neighborhood. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and service under the Park Hyatt name.

 

Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

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A New Age in Advertising with Experiential Marketing

In an era where ads are considered more of a nuisance than informative, companies are exploring more creative avenues to reach their consumers in effective ways. One approach that has gained traction in recent years is experiential marketing—events where consumers have hands-on and in-person experiences with brands. These experiential events allow direct engagement that inspires an emotional connection to users.

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It has become a recognized trend that millennials tend to spend more of their income on experiences in comparison to the product-oriented generations that came before them. With their eyes constantly seeking new activities, they invest their free time in taking trips, going to events, and socializing in public places. This modern pool of highly active individuals sets up a foundation for experiential marketing to be extremely effective for brands. The continuously growing social media landscape has also become a large aspect of why experiential marketing is so useful. The unique and artistic spaces created for events are often prime photo-ops for attendees. Interactive activities can inspire hundreds of pictures which users voluntarily post to their social media channels. Experiential marketing events often will include a custom hashtag promoted in marketing materials and signage that allow attendees’ photos to be grouped online to make them easily viewed by others.

 

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Experiential marketing campaigns can also provide a way for brands to learn more about their consumers. Analyzing consumer data and KPIs are a significant part of marketing and with experiential events, consumers are often willing to provide relevant information about themselves in exchange for the opportunity to experience a fun event. These events act as a modern re-imagination of the classic focus group style of market research that proves to be more effective as it generates both in-person and online engagement while making a positive impact on the participant.

 

Photo: NVE Experience Agency

 

Ultimately the most beneficial part of experiential marketing is the personal connection consumers are able to make with a company and more specifically, their brand. These events help illustrate the brand’s narrative and integrate consumers into the story. Their in-person memories of experiencing the event are far more impactful than a billboard they pass on the street or an ad before an online video. These opportunities for direct engagement create a relationship where after attending an experiential event, the consumer is more likely to develop brand loyalty than through traditional means of advertising. This two-way relationship where both brand and consumer are learning about each other is an invaluable method that has plenty of space to flourish within the marketing industry.

 

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Toast to the 2018 Time Out LA Bar Awards

The Los Angeles bar scene has established a name for itself with talented teams creating innovative concoctions in one-of-a-kind spaces throughout the city. From craft cocktails to finely-curated beer and wine lists, each bar contributes its own identity to help build a colorful spectrum of options for LA citizens and visitors alike. Time Out helps to recognize achievements in the bar industry with their 3rd Annual LA Bar Awards, where nominees impress the masses through service, ambiance and taste.

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Time Out

Time Out makes it their mission to educate their thrill-seeking audience about how to live it up in cities across the world. For their US divisions in New York, Chicago, LA, Austin, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Miami, this includes an annual Bar Awards event that recognizes the scope of talent making strides in the industry. This year’s nominees range from favored neighborhood watering holes to expansive hot spots. A panel of respected industry experts gather to decide who will come out on top in categories of Best New Bar, Most Stylish, Bar of the Year and more.

 

Photo: Time Out Bar Awards

LA Bar Awards Nominees

NYC favorites arriving to LA to add a dash of East Coast flare has become a trend in the LA bar scene, as well as this year’s nominees. In West Hollywood, Employees Only opened with a buzz as the world-renowned brand finally spread its talents to Southern California, earning a nomination for Best New Bar. The Nomad Hotel’s Giannini Bar has four nominations, boasting a quality cocktail program on the level of its award-winning New York relative, The Nomad Bar. Miami’s acclaimed Broken Shaker brand, now with an NYC location, was welcomed with open arms to Downtown LA and snagged two nominations.

Newcomers aren’t the only ones being lauded as a number of veteran destinations also made the cut for this year’s list. The Roosevelt Hotel’s beloved bowling alley-bar hybrid The Spare Room received two nominations. Revered Los Feliz neighborhood spot Big Bar is acknowledged with three nominations including Bar of the Year. The category created for thriving classic favorites, Best Legacy Bar, includes famed whiskey bar Seven Grand and cherished Cole’s speakeasy-style hideaway The Varnish.

 

Photo: Employees Only LA

Photo: Giannini Bar NoMad Los Angeles

Photo: Broken Shaker LA

Photo: The Spare Room

Photo: Big Bar

Photo: The Varnish

OUE Skyspace

Nominees, press, and friends of the industry will all assemble for the invite-only event at OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA to hear the announcement of the winners on Monday, June 25th. For the second year in a row, the sky-high locale will give attendees a panoramic view of Los Angeles as they sip on handcrafted drinks and taste delicious passed appetizers. The event’s sponsors, William Grant & Sons, Hendrick’s Gin, Flor de Caña, and Segura Viudas IO, will lend their spirits to the bar for a night that’s sure to impress the seasoned industry guests. No matter the champions of this year’s event, each bar continues to make a quality contribution to Los Angeles’ reputation as a haven for creativity and style.

 

Photo: OUE Skyspace

Post-Event Update

The event was a success as the industry crowd mixed and mingled atop OUE Skyspace with panoramic views of Los Angeles. With many bar teams familiar with each other’s venues through industry connections, guests cheered each winner as if it were a win for themselves. Apotheke took home the award for Most Stylish and The Normandie Club was awarded Best Crew. The biggest title of the night, Bar of the Year, went to Accomplice. The night was full of drinks, bites, and good vibes as creativity in the LA bar industry was celebrated.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners:

Bar of the Year sponsored by Hendricks Gin: Accomplice

Big Bar
NoMad (Giannini Bar)
The Normandie Club
Pacific Seas

Photo: Accomplice Bar

Best Legacy Bar sponsored by Flor de Caña: The Spare Room

Jones
Musso and Frank Grill
Seven Grand
The Varnish

Photo: The Spare Room

Best Wine Bar sponsored by Segura Viudas IO: Bar Covell

A.O.C.
Bar Bandini
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Mignon

Photo: Bar Covell

Best New Bar: NoMad (Giannini Bar)

Bibo Ergo Sum
Broken Shaker
Employees Only
Lono

Photo: Giannini Bar

Best Bar-Restaurant Program: The Ponte

The Hearth and Hound
Otium
Providence
Redbird

Photo: The Ponte

Best Crew: The Normandie Club

Big Bar
Harvard & Stone
The Spare Room
The Walker Inn

Photo: The Normandie Club

Most Stylish: Apothéke LA

71Above
Bibo Ergo Sum
Broken Shaker
NoMad (Giannini Bar)

Photo: Apothéke LA

Best Cocktail in the City: Cold Hollow at Bibo Ergo Sum

Yo LA Tengo at Everson Royce Bar
Mezcali Me Banana at Melrose Umbrella Co.
Sazerac at The Normandie Club
Russian Tea G&T at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

Photo: Cold Hollow at Bibo Ergo Sum

Most-Instagrammable Cocktail: Cola at The Walker Inn

Pearl Diver at Accomplice
Banana Wintour at Big Bar
Cocktail Explosion at NoMad (Giannini Bar)
Donga Punch at Pacific Seas

Photo: Cola at The Walker Inn

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Check back on June 26th for a recap of the event and an updated list of the 2018 winners.

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Innovation and Growth at Techweek Los Angeles

This past November, Los Angeles was visited by Techweek—an innovation-focused media company with a goal to unite businesses, talent and entrepreneurs at their annual week-long conference. Traveling across the country to tech hubs like Chicago, Miami, and New York, the Techweek conference champions the growth of sustainable companies that are able to generate wealth alongside making a positive impact on the ecosystem of the industry. Speakers from burgeoning companies from around the world shared their expertise in what it takes to build a business in the modern tech landscape.

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Hero Companies

A common phrase heard throughout the week was talk of “Hero Companies,” which are the focus of Techweek’s guidance. These are companies which put sustainability and impact at the head of their brand’s mission. A Hero Company will foster creativity and innovation while simultaneously achieving efficiency in growth and profit. Speakers from Hero Companies were present throughout the week to offer advice to attendees in areas such as start-ups, artificial intelligence, fundraising, and more. 

 

Photo: Techweek Los Angeles

The Panel

A panel on Customer Acquisition included Grant Langston, CEO of eHarmony, in a discussion on how to acquire customers in consumer-facing businesses. Another dialogue on Startup Growth was presented by Oracle. Speakers touched on a variety of topics such as producing a customer acquisition strategy and maintaining brand credibility. A fireside chat hosted by Verisign included Brand Name Expert Alexandra Watkins, who educated attendees about brainstorming creative ideas for company names. During the Algorithm for Success panel, experts from immigrant communities discussed how to provide exposure to tech programs amongst immigrant youth, along with how immigrant accessibility to information via tech has become of increasing importance in recent years.

The Growth Financing panel was especially relevant for Hero Companies, as both of the companies that were represented are working towards making strides in the health and medical industry. Greg Drobnick, the Co-Founder of Heal, a website and app for patients to book house calls with doctors, was joined by Belinda Tan, Co-Founder of Science 37—a company that makes clinical trials more available to participants and pushes to accelerate medical discovery.  Both provided insight in how they gathered funding in the initial stages of their companies, along with how and where to properly spend investment money after funds are raised.

 

Photo: Techweek – Grant Langston, eHarmony

Founders and Funding

Another standout was the Founder and Funding dialogue, which consisted of an all-female panel of entrepreneurs from SheWorx, Stop, Breathe & Think, FitFabFun, and The Flex Company. Each at different stages of growth in their businesses, they touched on subjects of selling your vision, pre-seed funding, and venture capital.

Aside from panels, the conference also included a Startup Showcase, Women in Tech Breakfast, Hiring Fest, and a Leadership Development Bootcamp. Techweek’s Founder’s House was also a draw for attendees. The invitation-only cocktail event featured Augmented and Virtual Reality gadgets, complimentary massages, and personal chefs that enhanced the networking experience. Techweek’s many activities and speakers helped contribute invaluable information from Hero Companies all around the world to further educate members of Los Angeles’ tech industry, and proves to be an event worth attending in years to come.

 

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Photo: Techweek Los Angeles; Jason Brooks, Grant Langston, John Tabis, Khudor Annous, Steve Weiss

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Photo: Techweek Los Angeles; Chang Xu, David Oh, Erik Huberman, Cristina Escoda, Spencer Stephens

 

LA’s Newest Luxury Hotel Openings

With sunny skies, entertainment, and plenty of places to wine and dine, Los Angeles has continued to uphold its reputation as being one of the top travel destinations in the world. The market for new hotel options is booming alongside the fast-growing demand for places to stay in the city. A mix of both established veterans and up-and-coming brands have set their sights on LA hoping to capitalize on all that the West Coast locale has to offer.

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The Freehand

Taking over the historic Commercial Exchange building in Downtown LA, Sydell Group’s 226-room Freehand features both hotel and hostel options with trendy design and furnishings. The rooftop deck will be home to Broken Shaker, a hand-crafted cocktail bar concept that earned the achievement of being a James Beard Award semifinalist for their Miami Beach location.

 

Photo: Freehand LA

Dream Hollywood

Dream Hotel Group is bringing a new brand to Hollywood with the 182-room Dream Hotel. Partnering with TAO Group for Food & Beverage and Debut Hotel Group for management, the new project will have a strong presence in the nightlife scene with a restaurant, rooftop lounge, and lobby bar for convenient entertainment. New York’s Rockwell Group will contribute mid-century modern décor for sophistication and style.

 

Photo: Dream Hotel

Nobu Ryokan Malibu

Known for his world-renown venue Nobu, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is expanding his brand to include a “ryokan,” or traditional Japanese inn. The highly-anticipated, beachfront lodging will feature 11 suites and five bungalows overlooking the waves of the Pacific Ocean. With limited accommodations, the venture will undoubtedly be one of the most exclusive stays in Malibu, opening alongside the Chef’s new sushi spot in the spring.

 

Photo: Studio PCH

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

Once open, the Wilshire Grand Center will house the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, altogether beating out OUE Skyspace LA to become the tallest U.S. building west of the Mississippi River. This 900-room, 73 story monolith will feature breathtaking views of the cityscape with a “sky lobby” for guests to congregate on the 70th floor. Korean Air and Hanjin Group have collaborated to create the hotel, office and retail space that will make its mark on Downtown LA.

 

Photo: Intercontinental

The James West Hollywood-Sunset

James Hotels, Denihan Hospitality Group’s luxury brand, will be contributing to WeHo’s hospitality options with their 286-room hotel slated for the corner of Sunset and La Cienega. Boasting panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, the location will also feature a rooftop bar, meeting space, and two restaurants—one of which will be an Italian concept operated by Los Angeles veterans SBE.

 

Photo: The James Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills will become even more luxurious with the Waldorf Astoria brand opening their first hotel in the LA area. The design will feature streamline moderne architecture to unite modern sophistication with classic Hollywood nostalgia. Seated next to the Beverly Hilton, the property will have 170 rooms on 12 floors, along with fine dining by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in their lounge, cocktail bar, and rooftop.

 

Photo: Waldorf Astoria

Nomad Hotel

Already a hot spot in New York, the Los Angeles Nomad Hotel will be taking over the 1923 Giannini Place bank building in Downtown LA. Formerly a Bank of America headquarters, Sydell Group’s plans to revive the historic building to highlight the staunch exterior with an extravagant interior. The 12 stories will house 250 stylish rooms and a rooftop pool with landscape views of the city.

 

Photo: LA Times

Cambria El Segundo

For those looking for a place to stay near bustling LAX, Cambria El Segundo is one of Choice Hotels’ newest projects to reach the city. The 152-room, upscale lodging will be accompanied by a restaurant called Social Circle, along with all the amenities needed for stylish, modern travelling. The central location places the hotel near various shopping centers, business parks and also a METRO station.

 

Photo: Choice Hotels

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions of Successful People

The New Year has arrived and a fresh start often means a new set of goals to accomplish over the next 365 days. While “new year, new me” is simple enough for many, entrepreneurs have plenty of inspirational resolutions that may encourage the rest of us to step up our game and embrace the blank slate of opportunity. From celebrities to CEOs, these go-getters share their plans for betterment in 2017.

 

Natalie Portman, Academy-Award Winning Actress:

“I think everyone needs to do what’s right for them. And every woman knows the pressures on appearance, but something that one of my friends did that I sort of copied which I liked was to make categories for resolutions, and it wasn’t one thing, so it was like, what do I want to do for my friends, what do I want to do for my family, what do I want to do for my community, what do I want to do for myself?”

 

Photo: Natalie Portman Handout

Tracee Ellis Ross, Producer and Actress:

“I think a New Year’s resolution would be to be gentle with yourself. I like to call it ‘gentle, gentle,” because sometimes you need that second reminder. So it’s like, make space for being soft with yourself.”

 

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Scott Lipps, CEO and founder of One Management:

“I vow to use more products this year! Very rarely do I use products other than soap and a bit of a moisturizer so this next year gonna take extra care of my skin! It’s all you’ve got!”

 

Photo: Natalie Brasington

Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox:

“The year ahead is all about elevating my confidence and celebrating the incredible accomplishments of life. I’ve always been confident to an extent, but it wasn’t a well I could draw from in the hardest moments. I’ve realized that it isn’t about perfection — it’s about owning your strengths, having the humility to see where you need the strength of others, and being open and impressionable to change. It’s within my reach and I feel now more than ever that this type of confidence in everyone will be critical to the future we all want to see come to fruition.”

 

Photo: Elle

Danny Meyer, Founder of Shake Shack:

“My New Year’s resolution is once and for all to spend significantly less time reading and writing emails, and far more time being present and looking people in the eye.”

 

Photo: Amelinda B Lee

Zendaya, Actress and Singer:

“… My mom recently took a pic of me looking down at my phone when [we] were out to dinner. She captioned it, ‘dinner with @zendaya and her phone.’ Sorry, mom! I just start scrolling and tune everybody out. Seriously, I’ve gotta do a detox.”

 

Photo: Zendaya

Stephen Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor:

“My New Year’s resolution is to use the power and influence of TripAdvisor’s brand to aid in the humanitarian refugee crisis that we’re seeing in many parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe today. In addition to our commitment to organizations like Mercy Corps and The International Rescue Committee, I want to encourage others in the travel industry and around the world to take action and help provide refugees with critical access to information, essential education opportunities, and resettlement support. It’s one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our generation. Years from now, I want my grandkids to know that I joined with others and chose to help, if only in a small way.”

 

Photo: Stephen Kaufer

Helen Mirren, Academy-Award Winning Actress:

“Stop procrastinating. That’s my new year’s resolution for everybody, but mostly for myself. Don’t procrastinate, just don’t. I have my whole life and every year I have to make the same resolution because I always procrastinate.”

 

Photo: Helen Mirren

Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx:

“I just joined Instagram this past fall (late to the party!) when I launched my book, ‘The Belly Art Project,’ to create awareness for maternal health. One of my 2017 resolutions is to use my social platforms to build awareness for organizations that empower women. Being philanthropic can be fun and isn’t always about making a financial contribution.”

 

Photo: Spanx

Neil Vogel, CEO of About.com:

“My almost-three-year old is obsessed with the guitar, so my goal is to learn to play guitar serviceably. Only then will I be on par with his other great hero, Spiderman.”

 

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Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe Winning Actress:

“My resolutions are again, they’re constantly, they’re daily, and they’re usually focused on self love and working on not turning the knife on myself, not tearing myself down, fighting fear, trying something that scares me at least once every day, and not allowing rejection or failure to stop me from trying…”

 

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Drew and Jonathan Scott, HGTV’s Property Brothers:

“Both of our New Year’s resolutions include more travel… but specifically to places we have never been. As color will be big in 2017, we’re hoping to find vibrant inspiration in exotic parts of the globe we have yet to experience. Stay tuned.”

 

Photo: HGTV

 

Whether your sights are set on smaller personal goals, or your plans are to revolutionize your industry, this year provides a brand new start in making it happen. Take the advice from these noteworthy individuals for a prosperous and rewarding 2017.

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