The crane is up and construction is now finally on at the site of the West Coast's first Waldorf Astoria in, naturally, Beverly Hills, reports Building LA. The 12-story hotel, designed by Gensler and with interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, will cost an estimated $200 million, and hold 170 guest rooms, plus storefronts with luxury retail. Previous reports detailed how the form of the new Waldorf is meant to evoke the Streamline Moderne style, and revealed that even the standard rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows and landscaped private balconies. (At $660 a night, they better.)
The hotel will also feature four acres of open space and "secret" gardens, and a three-story lobby with murals of California landscapes and a large clock similar to the one in the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.
The other half of this project, two condo towers estimated to cost around $300 million, will have 110 units total. Construction on the towers, one of which might reach 18 stories, will begin sometime after the hotel is finished. Before the condo towers can go up, Hilton's Oasis Court, the Lanai guest room buildings by the pool, and the south parking structure will have to be razed.
· Luxury Hotel Tower Rising in Beverly Hills [BLA]
· Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills [Official site]
· First Look at the Bev-Hilton-Adjacent Waldorf Astoria Project [Curbed LA]