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Culver DoubleTree Hoping Modern Makeover Boosts Its Profile

The Culver City DoubleTree is getting yet another makeover--it got a common space and lobby overhaul in 2008 when it was bought by Carlyle Group LP, who turned it from a Radisson into a DoubleTree last year. The LA Business Journal now reports (sub. req.) that Carlyle picked up a little extra cash in a refinancing earlier this year and will spend $10 million for a "remodel of the guestrooms, bathrooms and corridors," designed by San Clemente-based Planning Design & Application Inc. (which also did the common space work). They'll put in "more modern furniture, wall coverings and flooring" with a goal of "raising occupancy and rates." In 2011, the DoubleTree had about an 84 percent occupancy in its 368 rooms, with rates generally running "just below $200." Work is set to start next fall and finish up in February 2014.
· Hotel Owner to Make Rooms for Improvement [LABJ, sub. req.]