148-room Proper to join ranks of boutique hotels in downtown L.A.

Travelers to cities with thriving downtowns, such as New York and San Francisco, have long been familiar with one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, but downtown Los Angeles has long been ruled by big chains selling soothing predictability.

That pattern is finally changing as L.A.’s city center becomes a place more people want to visit — and where investors want to make money.

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