Thompson Hollywood Opening In 2021

Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

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.

Bottom line

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?

Comments
  1. Not a huge fan of this location. Wish they brought something back to Century City/West Side to fill in the hole they have there for the greater LA area. I know they list The Shay as coming soon to Culver but still think that will be pretty niche. We shall see.

  2. Unfortunately, DTLA is also a pretty undesirable place to stay right now (in addition to Hollywood… and there should be a Caption opening in Hollywood before too long as well). I’ve never loved the Andaz, but the location is pretty good for LA, especially right now.

  3. I love the Thompson brand and that pets stay free at a vast majority of them, but they are consistently over-priced both for cash or points. The Thompson Dallas is great but does not warrant 25k points per night. The Cape was amazing (thanks Lucky for the tip that allowed me to stay in the 3 br penthouse for 50k points!), but the prices are ridonkulous.

    Still, I’ll continue exploring the brand and look forward to San Antonio opening soon.

  4. There’s also The Shay in Culver City that’s opening this year, supposedly. I would imagine it would be lower than Cat 6 and I think location is infinitely better.

  5. Hyatt has two other hotels in the pipeline for Hollywood: Caption by Hyatt around the corner from the Thompson at 6516-6526 Selma and Hotel NUE [name not confirmed], part of the Unbound Collection at 1525 N Cahuenga a block away from the Thompson and Caption. The Caption was supposed to open as a tommie, but Hyatt has since folded tommie into the Caption brand and will not be pursuing it as a standalone brand [the other planned tommie in Austin will still open, but will fall under the Joie de Vivre banner].

    While it is great to see Hyatt expanding in an underserved market, I’m not crazy about the location of any of these three properties as Hollywood is overrun with homeless people and gets dodgy at night. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Thompson drop its rates and category down a notch as time goes by, and can only hope the Unbound and Caption hotels are a bit more reasonable in their aims.

  6. Hollywood is a dump. I stayed at the Andaz a few months back and the drive East looks third world.
    I see a stark contrast from The Cape, which is an incredible property. Points wise I’ll bypass Hollywood and use them in Cabo.

  7. @Kay thanks for the future pipeline! Cool to know there’s more Hyatts coming.

    I’m still fascinated by why Hyatt picked DTLA for the Park Hyatt. I understand it’s a “downtown” location (not that Los Angeles as a whole has any real one downtown in the traditional sense) and its next to the Staples Center, but that seems more suited to a Grand Hyatt. Why not capture all the world’s elites that come to Beverly Hills to shop at Rodeo? They could’ve even got the best of Beverly Hills and the nightlife of West Hollywood by taking the SE plot of land at the intersection of Doheny, Santa Monica, and Melrose. That triangular lot is perfect for a Park Hyatt as it’s just down the road from the Four Seasons LA, the Waldorf Astoria, the platinum triangle of Beverly Hills, and all the nightlife of the rest of the city.

  8. @Brodie you’re not wrong about Hollywood as a whole, although the specific area the Thompson Hollywood is in is actually relatively nice now. They’ve had a huge amount of new construction and there are clean sidewalks and string lights over the street for like 2 blocks (not that it’s much to brag about, but it does look nicer). It’s a cute area with a lot of great nightlife surrounded by a lot of not great area.

    @Andrew Y I think you might be the only person in the world who thinks Culver City is “infinitely better”… There’s one block of good restaurants and then urban sprawl everywhere else. People definitely aren’t flying into LA to stay in Culver. You can stay in MdR or other beach cities and it’s a 15 minute drive into Culver if you need to go.

  9. $400 bucks for a tiny room and you can’t even go outside of the hotel because it’s literally a warzone in that area.
    Hard pass.

  10. @Super – DTLA was on a roll, getting better every year, wonderful new residential projects, restaurants, bars, etc. Then the pandemic hit, and like Manhattan (we are both under authoritarian governor/mayor rule) it emptied out because none of these businesses could function. So years ago a Park Hyatt did make sense with the trajectory of the neighborhood. Today not so much. Now the city has let the homeless take over and essentially do anything they want with impunity. And it’s not just downtown, it’s everywhere. Venice, Hollywood, Silverlake, Echo Park, you name it. Crime is up everywhere, police have been defunded. I don’t see it coming back anytime soon. Source: I have resided in DTLA for 13 years now so have seen the boom/bust.

  11. @Super Hyatt isn’t developing any of these properties. They chose DTLA because that was where someone was building.

    Even at the top end, the chain hotels are going to want a downtown location for business travel. As someone who spends 6-10 days a year at the 1st St. Federal Courthouse, this might have been in the mix.

  12. Ben…your perspective on the location is a bit dated. Lots of hot restaurants (Gwen), nightclubs, (Beauty & Essex), the farmers market, new apartment development, etc. are walkable.

    Area is safe. Dream Hollywood is right around the corner. Nothing like the Times Square that is Hollywood/Highland.

  13. @ avgeekagent — I’m not sure my perspective is really outdated, rather than us just having different perspectives. Hollywood does have some great restaurants, and in some ways I prefer the proximity to Los Feliz. What I’ll have to disagree with you on is the statement that there’s “nothing like the Times Square that is Hollywood/Highland.” I think that’s a great comparison, and it’s also exactly why I have no desire to stay in the area.

  14. To say that “[Hyatt] is being really optimistic with pricing here,” is the understatement of the year. If I were to stay in this area, it would definitely be at the Unbound property. Of course, I am no longer a member of the demographic for this area, so I guess it works out well for everyone.

    On a side note, I just saw that The Standard shut down a couple weeks ago. That’s too bad. I was living in LA when it opened, and we used to have so much fun there. It really was a special place at a special time.

  15. This is not the best location but the city is trying to build up the area. For now I feel it is an
    area in transition. Lots of new condos/apartment buildings going up in the area. But for most
    residents of Los Angeles, this is just an area we drive through to get to the other side of town when we exit the 101 Freeway to head south.

  16. @Super Beverly Hills is going to see some pretty impressive hotel growth, so I don’t blame Hyatt for staying out of the way. That said, why in the world are they expanding so much in Hollywood?! Hollywood is not having a particularly great moment right now. Santa Monica would’ve been a better choice.

  17. “Hollywood in general is a pretty undesirable area” is quite an unfortunate and detached statement.

    Of course the pandemic has put more homeless on the streets in every major city. But Hollywood’s appeal in recent years has been its unpolished aesthetics and high diversity. That has brought cool restaurants and nighlife along with a lot of development, including HQ for Netflix and ViacomCBS and scores of smaller media and creative businesses. Over 1,200 hotel rooms have been added in Hollywood area between 2001 and 2016, with more mentioned in other comments on the way. Four thousand new apartments and over thirty low to mid-rise development projects were approved in 2019.

    Perhaps Ben’s benchmark is whiter and more conservative, which is of course his perogative. I’d just be careful in categorizing an entire area as “undesirable”. It seems Hyatt and many other hotels are onto something that Ben isn’t.

  18. @Dave while I don’t disagree with your statements about DTLA on the whole, I have a couple well to do friends in their late 20’s and mid 30’s who live throughout the area (near Staples Center, the arts district, etc.) and I just don’t see the ultra-premium market that Park Hyatt would be going for. The type of monied crowd that is attracted to DTLA is into alternative lifestyles, more punk-rock chic than stately Architectural Digest Top 100 designers. Don’t get me wrong – the Ace Hotel and it’s ilk can command a premium and the Ritz seems to do well, but I just don’t see too much capacity for ultra-premium demand like the Park Hyatt.

    @Frank I understand Hyatt doesn’t specifically enter into a contract to build a hotel, but they still have the choice of where their brand goes. Developers and Hotel Brands enter into talks very early on in the process to determine if it will be profitable to join together and Hyatt obviously did their research and determined there is enough demand to attach the Park Hyatt name to the project. My suggestion is that they incorrectly determined demand for an ultra-premium brand as Park Hyatt in DTLA, as Park Hyatt is typically associated with high end leisure travelers and, if business, then high level executives. Will there really be that many going to DTLA to compete with the Ritz, JW Marriott, Intercontinental, Ace, Standard, etc.? I think a Grand Hyatt would be better suited for the space considering the conference/meeting hosting potential and capturing the nearby Staples Stadium market.

    @Victoria I do agree with Beverly Hills already being flush with super premium hotels, so there’s always West Hollywood! WeHo released a report (pre-pandemic) that demand for hotel rooms in general is massively higher than currently available hotel rooms, and a sizable chunk of that is demand for ultra-premium hotel rooms! Fully agree with Santa Monica as well – the current hotel of choice for high-end leisure travelers is Shutters on the Beach and rooms there are still going for $500+ a night. Definitely room to compete there.

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