Hyatt’s footprint in Los Angeles is woefully lacking. The only “real” full service Hyatt hotel in the Los Angeles area is the Andaz West Hollywood (then there’s also the Hyatt Regency LAX, but that’s not exactly a destination hotel). There’s some good news on this front, as Hyatt’s next full service hotel in the area has just started accepting reservations.
Thompson Hollywood basics
The Thompson Hollywood is now accepting reservations for stays as of October 1, 2021. A recent press release suggests the hotel is still supposed to open in the spring of 2021, though we’ll have to see when the booking window for the hotel is moved forward.
Thompson Hollywood lobby
As the name suggests, the hotel will be located in Hollywood, on Wilcox Avenue, near Hollywood and Vine. Hollywood in general is a pretty undesirable area, though I know the concept of being “in Hollywood” is very exciting to some tourists who may not be familiar with the area.
Thompson Hollywood will feature 190 guest rooms with 24 suites, two restaurants, a rooftop pool deck and lounge, a gym, and 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The rooms do seem to be on the smaller size — base rooms start at just 270 square feet, and base suites start at a mere 410 square feet.
Thompson Hollywood guest room
In general I’m a huge fan of the Thompson brand. The way I view Thompson, it’s probably slightly more premium than Andaz but a step down from Alila and Park Hyatt. Thompson properties are generally beautifully designed, and have a focus on good food & beverage outlets that are popular with locals (while all hotels like to pretend that their outlets are a “hub” for locals, in the case of Thompson that’s actually the case).
Thompson Hollywood restaurant
Thompson Hollywood rates & points redemptions
Rates at the Thompson Hollywood are steep, and start at just under $400 per night for an interior base room. If you do book a revenue stay here, I’d recommend doing so through the Hyatt Privé program, so you can receive extra perks, like free breakfast, a property credit, and more.
I have to say that I think the hotel is being really optimistic with pricing here. While I’m sure the hotel as such will be nice, pricing would have to be significantly more attractive for me to want to stay in Hollywood. That’s not even accounting for how small the base rooms are.
For those redeeming points, the Thompson Hollywood will be a Category 6 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption will cost 25,000 points per night.
While that’s a fairly high category, I guess that’s more or less in line with paid pricing, given my valuation of 1.5 cents per World of Hyatt points. Then again, I think the revenue pricing is steep, and therefore so is the award pricing.
What about the Park Hyatt Los Angeles?
Back in 2016 it was announced that a Park Hyatt would be opening in downtown Los Angeles, in the new Oceanwide Plaza. Based on the original plans, the hotel was already supposed to be open at this point.
So what’s the latest on that? While Hyatt claims the property will be opened in 2021, there’s no way that’s happening. Last I saw, construction on Oceanwide Plaza has been stalled for a couple of years now, and there’s no end in sight for these issues.
The Chinese development company behind the project was having issues with late payments and mechanics liens, and couldn’t maintain sufficient capital. So if the Park Hyatt Los Angeles does end up opening, it’ll be at least a couple of years down the road, and that’s probably even optimistic.
This would be a return to Los Angeles for the Park Hyatt brand. There used to be a Park Hyatt in Century City, but Hyatt stopped managing that property in 2006. At that point it was rebranded as an InterContinental.
Hyatt’s footprint is sorely lacking in the Los Angeles area, so I’m thrilled to see another full service property on the horizon. I love the Thompson brand, though I don’t particularly love the location, the room sizes, or the pricing (factoring in the location). Nonetheless I look forward to checking out this property at some point.
What do you make of the Thompson Hollywood? Would you consider staying there, or what’s your favorite points property in Los Angeles?