The Kor Group Begins Construction of Santa Monica Proper

The Kor Group has begun construction of Santa Monica Proper, which is being developed with longtime landowner Alex Gorby and the Merchant Banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Slated to open in winter 2018/2019, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is The Kor Group’s second partnership with Goldman, Sachs & Co.; the companies also teamed up for Austin Proper Hotel & Residences, which is also under construction.

The 271-room hotel, located close to the Pacific Ocean along Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown Santa Monica, will be managed and branded by the luxury lifestyle hotel operator, Proper Hospitality. The property will offer interior design by international style icon Kelly Wearstler, multiple dining options by local area chefs, a rooftop lounge and swimming pool, 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and almost 7,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail.

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Another Old Building With a New Future

Jade Enterprises is deep into a restoration of the 93-year-old Harris Building at the southwest corner of 11th and Main streets. The developer, which has four residential complexes in the works in Downtown, has owned the property for 10 years, according to a project representative.

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The Inn Crowd Goes Small

Downtown Los Angeles hotels are often mammoth affairs. The proposed $500 million J.W. Marriott expansion at L.A. Live, for example, will stand 38 stories tall and create 755 rooms.

A project at 820 S. Spring St. is going smaller — much smaller. Signage went up in April for the Tuck Hotel. The 14-room establishment is awaiting inspections and the goal is to open in late summer.

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The 17 trendiest new hotel brands

When it comes to trends in the lodging industry, boutique is where it’s at. Since Starwood started the W Hotel chain in 1998, the market’s been on fire. From treadmills and organic foods for health aficionados, to neon lights and mobile apps for Millennials, these 17 chains are quickly becoming the hottest hotels everyone’s talking about.

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