Work to transform the old headquarters for railroad tycoon Henry Huntington’s streetcars into a stylish hotel is wrapping up, with doors expected to open to guests in the next sixth months.
Sharan Pasricha, founder and CEO of Ennismore, which owns Hoxton, says the hotel will serve as a “cultural hub for people living and working in the neighborhood.”
The Hoxton will hold three restaurants—one on the roof, one on the ground floor, one in the basement—plus multiple bars, 174 guest rooms, and a rooftop pool.
The public spaces at the hotel are “meant to inspire cultural discovery.” Ideally, Pasricha says, the Hoxton will be the kind of place people go multiple times a day—to grab a meal, to meet with friends, to have a drink.
Interiors at the hotel are a joint effort between Ennismore’s in-house design team and the private club SoHo House, which has collaborated on design in a few other Hoxton locations.
Hoxton is rolling into North America with a bang. It will open a location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in September, then a Portland location later this year.
The Downtown LA Hoxton could be followed by another Southern California—Pasricha says that Hoxton is scoping out sites now for another Hoxton location roughly two hours outside of LA.
The company is considering doing another adaptive reuse project or buying and redoing an existing hotel, and has looked in beach towns south of LA proper as well as the wine-heavy areas around Santa Barbara.
The building that houses the Hoxton was once the headquarters for Huntington’s Los Angeles Railway—also known as the Yellow Cars—which was a predecessor to what is now Metro.
The Hoxton’s stretch of Broadway, just south of Ace Hotel, is now abuzz with construction as two lovely old buildings on the street are also being renovated.
The old Herald-Examiner building, designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, is slated to reopen as office space with ground-floor restaurants and shops right on 11th and Broadway. Closer to Olympic, the former Case Hotel building is being rehabbed to become the Downtown Proper, a 148-room luxury hotel.