• Venue Spotlight: Loews Hollywood Hotel

    FROM THE Spring 2014 ISSUE

It’s no secret that Hollywood loves to remake classics. In this case, it’s a brick-and-mortar do-over of a 20-story tower, the former Renaissance Hollywood, now renovated and recast as the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Anchoring the Hollywood & Highland Center, the 628-room hotel has a close connection—about 70 steps, in fact—to the Academy Awards, which is held in the complex’s Dolby Theatre. An indoor corridor, known as the “winner’s walk,” connects the Dolby Theatre to the Loews. Clutching their statues while the Loews staff offers them a glass of Champagne, the Oscar winners make their way down the halls to meet with the world press on the hotel’s floor of meeting rooms.

After an extensive $31 million renovation, the hotel gleams. Gensler, the global architecture and design firm, redesigned the entrance and lobby so that it now serves multiple purposes, from guest arrival to social center. Armchairs and seating are grouped to facilitate networking, and those powered-up chairs and tables have multiple outlets for mobile device and computer charging. A new lobby bar—craft cocktails and California wines at the ready—livens up the glass-walled space.

A second-floor restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch and otherwise available for events (capacity 200); the pool deck, with catering by Wolfgang Puck, is a favorite for events. When it’s not Oscar week, the Loews sales team books Hollywood & Highland’s entire 120,000-square-foot mix of spaces. Crowning the hotel’s tower is the Panorama suite, with 180-degree views and a grand piano, available for intimate dinners and receptions. A-list talent and film producers often select the vistarich suite for exclusive Oscar events. Under Loews’ new management, the heart of Hollywood is ready for its close-up.

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