The bicoastal expense account crowd is surely looking forward to the AKA Beverly Hills, which will convert the Crescent Apartments in downtown Bev Hills into an 88 room luxury extended-stay hotel (it'll be the AKA's first West Coast property, but they have several in New York and elsewhere on the East Coast). Guests must book a minimum of 30 nights and rooms will start in the $400 range. The Crescent Apartments were finished in 2006 and are starting to look a little mid-aughts dated, so AKA is bringing in local architecture firm Koning Eizenberg for a big facade update and other improvements. Furnishings and fixtures will be switched out in the rooms, and the fitness and business centers will get major reworkings. Pamela Burton & Company Landscape Architects will overhaul the third floor terrace, which has northeastern views over Crescent Drive.
Rooms are all one- and two-bedrooms and start at 850 square feet. They get pretty damn roomy on the two-bedroom end; some units come with a den, fireplace, breakfast nook, and patio. AKA also has crazy plans for the property's 12 townhouses (six one-beds, six two-beds): they'll be offered to guests (for an additional charge) as flex space, which the hotel will convert into gyms, offices, or anything else (ok, probably not anything else).
AKA is working on a deal with a dining partner right now, but until then, guests will have to settle for in suite food from Spago, which is right in the hotel's backyard (they're planning on improving the area between the two). AKA is hoping to open the hotel in the early fall.
· Bev Hills's Crescent Apts. Becoming Pricey Extended-Stay Hotel [Curbed LA]