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111 HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES _ With more than 93,000 hotel rooms, Los Angeles boasts more hotel rooms than nearly any other vacation destination in the United States.

That's good news for the record number of visitors expected to travel to the area this year, all in search of accommodations that meet individual needs and budgets.

In Los Angeles, overnight accommodations range from hostels to luxurious five-star resorts, with amenities and space to meet any need.

Many local properties have also recently completed major renovations, while others have expansions on the drawing board. The following is a summary of the latest hotel developments in Los Angeles County. (Editor's note: Media contacts are for media use only.)

RECENT HOTEL OPENINGS

Shutters On The Beach, One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405. 310/458-0030. Media contact: Marjory Hawkins, 510/5364550. Perched virtually on the sand that buffers Santa Monica from the ocean, this luxurious vacation residence resembles a giant beach cottage and features panoramic views of the Pacific and coastline. 198 rooms and suites. Opened: June 1993.

Summerfield Suites, 810 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, 90245. 310/725-0100. Media contact: Lisa Peterson. With its allsuite configuration, Summerfield Suites features extra-large rooms, complimentary breakfasts and late-afternoon "social hours." Located 3-1/2 miles from LAX, the hotel offers shuttle to and from the airport and within a five-mile radius. 122 suites. Opened: March 1995.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

Halekulani Hotel, Figueroa at 8th Street. Pre-opening office: 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 736, Beverly Hills, 90210. 310/278-9699. Media contact: Janet Kato-White.

390 rooms. Construction date is temporarily on hold.

Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Alameda and First Streets (in Little Tokyo). Pre-opening office: 201 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, 90012. Media contact: Architect Shoji Shimizu, 213/628-0800. 600 rooms. Opening: Mid-1999.

MAJOR CHANGES AT EXISTING HOTELS

(Editor's note: Hotels are categorized in five geographic regions -- Downtown, Hollywood, Westside, Beaches and the Valleys.)

DOWNTOWN

Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90007. 213/748-4141. Media contact: Dafna Ronis.

Conveniently located near the University of Southern California, the Sports Arena, Shrine Auditorium and

nationally recognized museums, the hotel recently completed

a $7 million inside renovation that included the lobby, function rooms, public spaces and guest rooms. Exterior

renovations, which include upgrading the landscaping and pool are currently in progress. 243 rooms.

Hotel Inter-Continental Los Angeles at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, 90012. 213/617-3300. Media contact: Martin Driskell. The newest hotel in Downtown (opened December 1992), this prestigious property is located adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art. This summer, approximately 40 guest rooms will be upgraded and banquet rooms will be redecorated. 469 rooms.

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