The W Hollywood Hotel & Residences (which opened today in case you're just catching up) was built as part of Metro's Joint Development Program, which promotes transit-oriented development. Part of the project included a re-designed Hollywood Boulevard entrance to the Hollywood/Vine Metro station. The entrance sits directly in front of the W's ground-floor patio lounge, which is called Station, but a metal gate prevents unfettered access from the street to the patio (you can see the gate on the right side in of the photos). This morning, there was a security post on the other side. This is still LA, so around the corner there's a motorcourt off Argyle. Meanwhile, the Source weighs in on the redesign of the Metro stop: "The previous design, which paid homage to old Hollywood, has been replaced with a much more modern, and in my opinion, sexier design. Particularly striking is the new portal canopy which features yellow glass tiles of varying translucency that really creates a cool modern vibe. Beyond aesthetics, the redesign is functional, effectively creating a fantastic public space with ample seating and plenty of access to transit information."
· W Hollywood Tour, Part II: Checking Out the Hotel Rooms [Curbed LA]