Monday, August 28, 2017

From Palm Spings to the sea new hotels hit the California scene

A variety of lodging styles await visitors
Patti Pietschmann


Kimpton Rowan rooftop pool courtesy Kimpton
The California tourism industry is on a roll with new hotel openings along with some major renovations of old properties.
One of the most anticipated Desert arrival is the 153-room,  $400 million Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs which is due to begin business in September in the recently refreshed downtown district. The modern/minimalist-style hotel will sport the town's only rooftop pool.

Courtesy Ingleside Inn
Also in PS, the  iconic Ingleside Inn is having a facelift that will combine its  30 suites and villas into one upscale retreat. I am a big fan of this place where old Hollywood stayed and played (Sinatra, Liz Taylor, Greta Garbo et al) and its Melvyn's restaurant which will be tweaked but maintain its panache.

Heading on the freeways to Hollywood you'll find newcomers Dream Hotel and the Intercontinental. Then in DTLA, a re-imagined Hotel Figueroa and in  Koreatown come November the LINE Hotel.

Welcome to the Hotel Californian
Moving on up to Santa Barbara visitors will be welcome to  is the much awaited 121-room  Hotel Californian smack in the heart of town. The super stylized property is billed as a modern, Moorish seaside property (well it is just a short walk to the beach).