Plans unveiled for Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria

The 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills won't open until 2017, but Hilton Worldwide has now unveiled design details for the much aniticapted new-build project, the luxury chain's first new U.S. hotel west of its Chicago property.

The 12-story Waldorf Astoria will be located at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards next to the Beverly Hilton hotel.

"When we are done, this will be one of the great hotels in the world," said Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Worldwide. "We have been working with Beny [Alagem] on this project for nearly a decade."

Preliminary work is underway, and the hotel is expected to open in 2017.

The project was delayed in large part by neighbors' concerns that development would create more traffic congestion at the busy intersection, the Los Angeles Times reports. Beverly Hills voters approved the project in a 2008 ballot measure intended to stop Alagem from further developing his property.

City officials have to approve the final architectural design of the Waldorf Astoria before construction can begin.

The hotel will cost more than $200 million and be developed by Alagem's company, Alagem Capital Group. It's part of Alagem's planned $500-million project on the Hilton site that will also eventually include two residential towers.

The hotel will feature a triple-height lobby with a contemporary Art Deco design, the signature Waldorf Astoria clock, hand-painted murals of California landscapes and custom chandeliers. Each of the 170 guestrooms will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto oversized private balconies, furnished and landscaped to create a Beverly Hills Lanai that brings the outdoors inside.

On the third level, Villa Suites will open onto manicured private garden terraces. The rooftop pool deck will have cabanas, lounge areas and a swimming pool specifically for hotel guests.

The hotel will cost more than $200 million and be developed by Alagem's company, Alagem Capital Group. It's part of Alagem's planned $500-million project on the Hilton site that will also eventually include two residential towers.

From the Los Angeles Times: "Alagem's vision is to make the 170-room Waldorf Astoria one of the biggest five-star hotels in Beverly Hills, projecting both Hollywood glamour and airy California cool."

The building's architect is Gensler with interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.

The new hotel will be clad in curving white stone inspired by Streamline Moderne style with bronze accents. Guestrooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto landscaped private balconies. The rooftop swimming pool deck will include greenery, cabanas and a bar and grill exclusive to hotel guests.