The James to Debut in West Hollywood
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design new-build hotel
The James West Hollywood-Sunset is set to make its debut in California in May. Designed by international multidisciplinary firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and owned and developed by Los Angeles-based CIM Group, the property marks the first new-build hotel in West Hollywood in 30 years, as well as the brand’s first hotel on the West Coast.
The 286-key hotel, to be managed by Denihan Hospitality Group, will showcase commissioned artwork throughout, including a “Dreamcatcher” piece created by high-profile artist Janet Echelman, who is best known for creating large-scale, fluid sculptures out of unlikely materials such as fishnet.
Stephen Apking, interior design partner at SOM, will discuss working on the project at the “New In The West” session at Boutique Design West (BDwest) on Wednesday, April 5, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Accommodations at the latest James will be comprised of 251 guest rooms and 35 suites—including two penthouse lofts with interiors by LA-based Lawson-Fenning, two bungalow suites, nine James and nine Jimmy suites, and 13 one-bedroom suites.
Design details at The James West Hollywood-Sunset.
The hotel’s dining offerings will include signature restaurant, Fi’lia, helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwarts, as well as market-style eatery, Farmspoke. Two other F&B concept will also be on tap: the Bar Nur lobby venue and the Bar Nur Up rooftop concept.
Housed in two towers on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards overlooking the Hollywood Hills and LA basin, the previously announced property will also feature a pool and deck, 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, a business networking lounge, a James Club, and a 24-hour fitness center.
A guest bath at The James West Hollywood-Sunset.
In addition to the West Hollywood hotel, The James flag plans to open a property in New York’s NoMad neighborhood this summer. (There are currently two James hotels: one in Chicago and another in New York’s SoHo.)