InterContinental hotel opens in L.A.'s tallest skyscraper

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The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, occupying part of the tallest U.S. building on the West Coast, is now open.

The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center has hotel guestrooms on floors 31 to 68 and the sky lobby on 70, where a mezzanine-level bar affords views to the Westside, South Bay and Pacific Ocean.

The 69th floor features restaurants Sora, where guests are served sushi on a conveyor belt, and Dekkadence, a casual dining space described as a "farm-to-fork international market experience" with live cooking and carving stations.

La Boucherie on 71 is a French-inspired steakhouse. And atop the hotel is Spire 73, which InterContinental calls the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.

The hotel has 889 guestrooms, making it the largest InterContinental in the Americas. The hotel is the largest to be built in downtown Los Angeles since the 1,358-room Westin Bonaventure was completed in 1976. The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, which was built in 2001, has 879 guestrooms.

The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown has 95,000 square feet of meeting and event space, with the boardrooms and ballrooms occupying the first seven floors of the hotel. A 21,000-square-foot ballroom can seat as many as 1,800 guests.

The building's 1,100-foot-high summit makes it the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago. The $1.35 billion project, which was developed by Korean Air and Hanjin Group, was built at the site of the Wilshire Grand Hotel, which closed in 2011 and was demolished in 2013.

With the InterContinental, parent company InterContinental Hotels Group has taken on Marriott International for hotel presence near the Los Angeles Convention Center. The new hotel is seven blocks from the convention center. In April, parent company IHG opened a 350-room Hotel Indigo about five blocks from the InterContinental.

"We're very fortunate to have the opportunity to have two such great properties under construction in downtown L.A. at the same time," said Joel Eisemann during a reporters' tour of the two hotels in January. "It's going to help reshape downtown L.A."

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