Unless another monolithic hotel complex sprouts up in the very near future, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites will continue to dominate the list of the county's biggest hotels for some time to come.
The Bonaventure is in the midst of a major renovation in preparation for the Democratic National Convention. New General Manager Brian Fitzgerald, who ran the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., before coming to L.A. in September 1999, says a warmer, more sophisticated environment will greet conventioneers in August, when completion of all the newly renovated guests rooms is expected.
The most extensive change began a year ago when parent company Starwood Hotels and Resorts decided to develop what it calls the best bed in the hotel industry. The result is The Heavenly Bed, which will replace every bed in the hotel's 1,354 rooms by May 2001.
The Bonaventure also completed construction of its Hollywood Bowl Room. It accommodates up to 340 guests, and is held in reserve exclusively for social events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs. The Bonaventure's New York-style steakhouse, LA Prime, is scheduled to open in June, replacing Top of The Five on the 35th floor.
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