Los Angeles dual-brand tops out construction

Construction on the dual-branded Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown has topped out. The property, developed by real estate investment firm Lightstone, is directly across the street from the LA Convention Center and Staples Center, on the corner of West Pico Boulevard and Figeroua Street.

Scheduled to open in late 2022, the 37-story, 600,000-square-foot mixed-use tower will include a 380-room Moxy hotel and a 347-room AC hotel. The property will also include more than 22,000 square feet of digital and static signage with what the company calls the largest continuous full-motion digital display on the West Coast, and more than 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

Spanning nearly half a block, the all-glass tower has architecture by Gensler. Design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which worked on Lightstone's Moxy Times Square and Moxy Chelsea projects, designed the hotel lobbies as well as the guestrooms.

With 65,000 square feet of meeting rooms, restaurants, bars and nightlife throughout, the project aims to be entertainment and cultural hub for the downtown neighborhood. The development will have a 6,000-square-foot landscaped pool deck and an 12 all-new restaurant and bar concepts designed by Basile Studio. On the 34th floor, AC's sky lobby will have a garden-like terrace bar with panoramic views overlooking downtown Los Angeles. The hotels will have 13,000 square feet of meeting space also designed by Basile Studio.

"Today's topping out represents an exciting milestone for our growing hospitality portfolio and we are thrilled to bring the Moxy and AC Hotel brands to Downtown LA on the heels of successful openings in New York City and Miami," said Mitchell Hochberg, president of Lightstone. "Offering two unique experiences at one address, coupled with an unparalleled slate of shared programming, we are confident both brands will resonate with visitors to the convention center and Staples Center and locals alike."

Lightstone's hotel development portfolio includes the 612-room flagship Moxy Times Square property that opened in autumn 2017, the 350-room Moxy Chelsea that opened in February 2019 and the 286-room Moxy East Village that opened in September 2019. Earlier this year, Lightstone debuted its first Moxy property outside of New York with the opening of Moxy Miami South Beach. The company's portfolio will include a total of seven Moxy properties, with Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg scheduled to open in 2022 in New York City.