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Ritz-Carlton, L.A. To Open

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Opening on February 15, 2010, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will be the first luxury hotel of its caliber in Downtown L.A. and will be a cornerstone of L.A. LIVE, the $2.5 billion sports and entertainment center, which is at the forefront of the renaissance of Downtown Los Angeles.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will feature 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites with contemporary décor, as well as the downtown district’s only full-service hotel spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, providing a luxurious, 8,000-square-foot sanctuary. Steps away from Staples Center, The Nokia Theater, The Grammy Museum and an array of restaurants and nightspots, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will be at the center of one of the most exciting parts of the city.

“L.A. LIVE brings a much-needed dimension to Downtown Los Angeles, with many dining and entertainment options that simply were not available previously, while The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles provides an oasis in the middle of this rejuvenated area,” said General Manager Javier Cano.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will partner with a celebrity chef on its signature restaurant and lounge, which will be situated on the 24th floor. Guests will be surrounded by panoramic vistas of downtown and surrounding Southern California. A private dining room and wine cave will complete the offerings of this exciting new destination restaurant.

The 3,400-square-foot signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will also boast spectacular views from the 23rd floor. In addition, guests can enjoy the city sights from the 26th floor as they lounge by the exclusive, private rooftop pool and bar. Cabana and conversational seating arrangements will allow guests to enjoy the outdoors both day and night. For those interested in more active pursuits, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center on the 26th floor will allow for productive workouts while enjoying the city views.

The Gallery Collection will offer the most efficient meeting space in Downtown Los Angeles, with more than 77,000-square-feet of ballroom and meeting room. With the size and flexibility of the event space, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will serve as the long awaited headquarter hotel supporting the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The hotel’s location in the heart of the L.A. LIVE project will give guests direct access to a unique collection of entertainment and sporting options, including:

-STAPLES Center – The world’s most successful arena, STAPLES Center is home to five professional sports teams in addition to serving as the premier venue for musical performances, family entertainment and televised award shows, including the GRAMMY® awards.
-NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE – A state-of-the-art 7,100-seat venue for live performances and events, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE is the new home to two of the most highly coveted awards shows, the ESPY Awards and Emmy® Awards, not to mention the upcoming American Idol finale shows.
-Club NOKIA – Expected to host 150 events a year, the 2,200-capacity Club NOKIA will be the perfect venue for emerging acts and cultural shows, while providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties.
-ESPN Broadcast Studios and ESPN Zone – The broadcast studios will be home to a number of live shows and original programming, and the ESPN Zone is the nation’s most popular sports-themed restaurant and bar.
-The GRAMMY® Museum – Developed by The Recording Academy (NARAS) and AEG, the museum will offer visitors a one-of-a-kind museum experience paying tribute to music’s heritage and rich cultural history.
-Conga Room – The legendary venue will relocate from its mid-Wilshire location to open at L.A. LIVE. The intimate performance venue is owned by a group of high-profile celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits.
-Lucky Strike Bowling Center- In addition to 18 bowling lanes, the popular Lucky Strike will feature a café, bar, billiard tables, darts and private function rooms.

L.A. Live currently offers guests a multitude of dining options from the city’s top restaurateurs, including:

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-Katsuya – The sushi and robata bar concept created by nightlife guru, Sam Nazarian
-Wolfgang Puck – A California cuisine concept brought to life by the culinary icon himself
-Rosa Mexicano – A fine dining concept of traditional and nouvelle Mexican food in a contemporary David Rockwell designed space
-Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – Located on the bustling corner of Olympic Blvd. and Figueroa St., the well-known steakhouse will occupy approximately 7,250 sq. ft.
-The Farm of Beverly Hills – An American restaurant from one of Beverly Hills’ most popular operators that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles will share space with The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE and the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in a one-of-a-kind, distinctive 54-story tower designed by Gensler that will be LEED certified.

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