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Celebrity Designer Kelly Wearstler Has Three New Hotels in the Works

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If you’re planning an upcoming trip to southern California or central Texas, your lodging options are about to get an upgrade. Proper Hospitality is set to open three new high-end hotels in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Austin by the end of 2019. With creative direction led by Kelly Wearstler, they’re sure to be a design lover’s dream.

Each location will pay homage to its city with locally curated food and beverage options and visual elements that draw inspiration from each hotel’s surroundings. The Santa Monica, opening in May, will be housed in a 1928 Arthur E. Harvey–designed Spanish Colonial Revival building.  The new renovations will honor its original style while also bringing in beachy, contemporary California flair. The ground floor will also feature a restaurant by Sqirl chef Jessica Koslow.

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The Austin location, opening in June, will pair art nouveau decor with neon accents, while the downtown Los Angeles hotel, making its debut in September, will be filled with lush textures and stained glass features. In all locations, artwork and ceramics by local artisans will further intertwine the hotels with their surrounding neighborhoods.

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These openings come after the continued success of Proper’s vibrant, 131-room location in San Francisco. With Wearstler continuing to lead the charge for the hospitality brand’s creative pursuits, the new locations promise to be just as innovative, high-end, and inspiring as the first.

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Rebecca Deczynski


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