Tommie Hollywood, An Intriguing New Hyatt Hotel

Tommie Hollywood, An Intriguing New Hyatt Hotel

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Hyatt’s footprint in Los Angeles is growing very nicely, and that’s much needed. The Thompson Hollywood opened this weekend, and Hotel Figueroa in DTLA recently joined The Unbound Collection from Hyatt. There’s another Hyatt expected to open in Los Angeles by the end of the year, and it has a connection to Thompson… sort of.

The basics of Tommie Hollywood

Tommie Hollywood is a new Hyatt property that’s now accepting reservations for stays as of December 15, 2021. Tommie Hollywood will be in an eight story building and feature 212 guest rooms. The hotel is joining JdV by Hyatt, which is Hyatt’s mid-range collection of independent hotels.

Rendering of Tommie Hollywood exterior

The hotel will be located at Selma Avenue and Wilcox Avenue, on the same block as the new Thompson Hollywood. Tommie Hollywood will feature a signature restaurant, a rooftop pool and bar, and a gym.

Rendering of Tommie Hollywood lobby

Rooms at Tommie Hollywood will be small — they’ll be just 195 square feet. The biggest room at the hotel will be a “one bedroom suite” that’s 388 square feet. So yeah, don’t stay here expecting big rooms, as the standard rooms are tiny, while the suites are the size of standard rooms at many other hotels.

Rendering of Tommie Hollywood room

Tommie Hollywood rates & points requirements

Hotels do a lot of tweaking or rates leading up to opening, so I wouldn’t read too much into the current rates. That being said, right now the hotel is charging $250+ per night for a standard room, which is really steep when you consider how small the rooms are. I’d be willing to bet rates will drop below $200 before the hotel opens.

Rates at Tommie Hollywood

On the plus side, this will be a Category 4 World of Hyatt property:

  • This means a free night redemption here will cost 15,000 points per night
  • Category 1-4 free night certificates can be redeemed here, which is exciting when you consider that this isn’t possible at other Hyatt hotels in Los Angeles

What’s the connection between Tommie and Thompson?

There are two Hyatts opening on the same block, and one will be called Thompson, while the other will be called Tommie, so what exactly is the connection there? There’s a backstory there:

  • Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality in 2018, which owned Thompson; that’s the point at which Thompson hotels joined World of Hyatt
  • Even before Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality, there were plans to develop the Tommie brand; the idea was that it would be a somewhat more budget version of Thompson, with significantly smaller rooms, but still a focus on food & beverage outlets
  • When Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality, the company ultimately decided not to create yet another brand, but rather has put the Tommie brand under the JdV umbrella, which is one of Hyatt’s independent hotel brands
  • Nonetheless you should notice similarities between Thompson and Tommie, from the focus on the food & beverage outlets, to the room design
  • This won’t be the only Tommie hotel — there’s also a Tommie Austin opening later this year

So yeah, the setup is no doubt odd — Tommie was initially envisioned as having a Thompson connection, but with Hyatt having acquired Two Roads Hospitality, the decision was made to brand these Tommie hotels as JdV properties.

Bottom line

Tommie Hollywood is expected to open in late 2021. The hotel will be on the same block as the Thompson Hollywood, except it will feature much smaller rooms. It’s great to finally have a Category 4 World of Hyatt property in the Los Angeles area, as that will be useful for redeeming points and free night certificates.

The backstory is interesting here as well, as the Tommie brand was initially supposed to be a more budget friendly version of Thompson, with smaller rooms. But the strategy has changed over time, and Tommie hotels will now belong to JdV.

What do you make of the Tommie Hollywood?

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  1. eponymous coward

    I’d rather have a 195 sq ft well designed modern room at a property that has good F/B options than a suite that has lots of space but is not well designed, at a hotel that’s dead and uninteresting.

    I get the people who travel in couples who don’t want to stumble over each other in a small room, but as a solo traveler most of the time I just need enough space, a great shower and bed, a desk, and it all to fit together well…

  2. Pam

    Austin’s tommie & Thompson duo are opening soon, too! Easy way to get 2 more Brand Explorer awards!

  3. DWT

    My understanding is that since these two were already under development, they’re keeping the Tommie name but that is likely to be the last of them. (In fact, for awhile, Hyatt was going to change the Hollywood properly into a Caption by Hyatt, but ended up changing their minds.)

  4. Ethan

    "Category 1-4 free night certificates can be redeemed here, which is exciting when you consider that this isn’t possible at other Hyatt hotels in Los Angeles"

    You can redeem a Categgory 1-4 free night cetificate at the HR LAX.

    I'm glad Hyatt is expanding in LA - there is a serious dearth of Hyatt properties in the area.

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Sel, D.

Can't wait for the Tommie Bahama

eponymous coward

I’d rather have a 195 sq ft well designed modern room at a property that has good F/B options than a suite that has lots of space but is not well designed, at a hotel that’s dead and uninteresting. I get the people who travel in couples who don’t want to stumble over each other in a small room, but as a solo traveler most of the time I just need enough space, a great shower and bed, a desk, and it all to fit together well…

Jordan

Brilliant! hahaha.

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