Unfortunately, Hyatt’s footprint in Los Angeles is missing. The only “true” full-service Hyatt hotel in the Los Angeles area is the Andaz West Hollywood (then there’s the Hyatt Regency LAX, but it’s not exactly a destination hotel). There’s some good news on that front as the opening date of Hyatt’s next full-service hotel in the area has just been announced.
Thompson Hollywood Basics
The Thompson Hollywood is now accepting reservations for stays starting October 1, 2021. While the hotel was originally slated to open in the spring, it’s no surprise that the timeline is shifting given all that is going on.
Thompson Hollywood Lobby
As the name suggests, the Hollywood hotel is located on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine. Hollywood is a fairly undesirable area in general, although I know the concept of being “in Hollywood” is very exciting to some tourists who may not be familiar with the area.
The Thompson Hollywood will offer 190 guest rooms with 24 suites, two restaurants, a pool deck and rooftop lounge, a fitness center, and 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Rooms appear to be smaller – base rooms start at just 270 square feet and basic suites start at just 410 square feet.
Thompson Hollywood Guest room
In general, I’m a huge fan of the Thompson brand. The way I see Thompson, it’s probably a bit higher quality than Andaz, but just a step away from Alila and Park Hyatt. Thompson Hotels are generally beautifully designed and focus on good restaurants and bars that are popular with locals (while all hotels like to pretend their outlets are a “hub” for locals, in Thompson’s case it is Case). .
Thompson Hollywood Restaurant
Thompson Hollywood Prizes & Points Redemption
Prices at Thompson Hollywood are high, starting at just under $ 400 per night for an interior basic room. If you are booking an income stay here, I would recommend doing so through the Hyatt Privé program for extra perks like free breakfast, real estate credit, and more.
I have to say I think the hotel is very optimistic about pricing here. I am sure that the hotel will be nice as such, but the prices would have to be a lot more attractive for me to want to stay in Hollywood. That doesn’t even explain how small the base rooms are.
For these redemption points, the Thompson Hollywood is a Category 6 World of Hyatt hotel, which means a free night costs 25,000 points per night.
While this is a pretty high category, in my opinion this is more or less the same as the prices paid when I rate 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt point. On the other hand, I think the revenue prices are high, and hence the pricing of rewards.
What about the Park Hyatt Los Angeles?
Back in 2016, it was announced that a Park Hyatt would be opening on the new Oceanwide Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. According to the original plans, the hotel should already be open by this time.
What’s the latest on this? While Hyatt claims the property will open in 2021, there’s no way it could happen. The last time I saw construction on Oceanwide Plaza had been stalled for several years, there was no end in sight to these problems.
The Chinese development company behind the project struggled with late payments and mechanic liens and was unable to maintain enough capital. So when the Park Hyatt Los Angeles opens it will be at least a couple of years, and that’s probably even optimistic.
This would be a return to Los Angeles for the Park Hyatt brand. Century City used to have a Park Hyatt, but Hyatt ceased managing that property in 2006. At this point it was renamed InterContinental.
Hyatt’s footprint is very lacking in the Los Angeles area, so I’m excited to see another full-service hotel on the horizon. I love the Thompson brand, although I don’t particularly like the location, room sizes, or prices (considering location). Still, I look forward to reviewing this property at some point.
What do you think of Thompson Hollywood? Would you consider staying there or what’s your favorite Los Angeles property?