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Kyoto Grand Finalizes DoubleTree Plans

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 08:29AM
Kyoto Grand / Weller Court Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Opened in 1977 as the New Otani, the 340-room Kyoto Grand will become a DoubleTree in Spring of 2012.

Little Tokyo's Kyoto Grand Hotel will officially become a DoubleTree in the Spring of 2012, completing plans first put in motion during the structure's recent bankruptcy case.

According to a press release put out on Tuesday, renovation work on the 430-room hotel should start in the coming weeks.

Opened in 1977 as the New Otani, the hotel had struggled to compete in recent years. A report filed in the bankruptcy case showed a 2009 occupancy and average room rate of 51.5% and $104.82, well below the Downtown averages for the year, which were 61.8% and $133.70.

While a DoubleTree website at one point showed the hotel as the "Kyoto Grand Downtown Los Angeles - a Doubletree hotel," Tuesday's release drops the Kyoto Grand name and instead calls the structure the "DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown."

The hotel was recently sold for $45 million to UBS Realty. Rim Hospitality of Newport Beach will manage the structure.

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