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We’ve discussed the blossoming Hollywood hotel scene before, but today we have a sneak peek into what will truly transform the neighborhood just south of Sunset Boulevard in the middle of Hollywood proper.


The Dream Hotel Hollywood was announced several years ago (2011 to be exact, although it was intended to be built even before then), but it will at last open its doors, and its 179 guest rooms, to guests this summer. Spanning an entire block at the intersection of Selma Ave. and N. Cahuenga Boulevard, The Dream will use this prime address not just to lure in star-gazing visitors but to create a neighborhood hangout, one that goes well beyond a coffee bar and a juice shop.


The Dream’s lobby will be located off of Selma, a rather quiet block just below Sunset. Although, it may not stay quiet for long after The Dream opens. The lobby will have a soaring double-height entrance, with a garden path subtly guiding guests towards the check-in desk. Upstairs in the guest rooms, guests will find two “dreamy” room schemes–one that’s inspired by sky and water, featuring white houses against a desert backdrop; and another that embodies the warm colors of a California sunset. All rooms will have a custom wall covering behind the bed that, very softly, depicts the traffic lights of the 101 freeway at night. See the picture below for the full effect. Some rooms will even have views of the Hollywood sign.


While the guest rooms will be a retreat from a busy day, the sprawling 11,000-sq. ft. Dream rooftop is where everyone will want to be at night. Aside from unreal, up close Hollywood and beyond views, the rooftop will have a small pool, a fire pit, and a bar with dedicated elevators that go straight from the lobby to the top of the building. And for the morning after, the rooftop will have a breakfast café for guests.


But that’s not all. The Dream, which was designed by the Rockwell Group, will actually have a cool-looking pedestrian alleyway in between the hotel and the adjacent nightlife and restaurant venues. (Names and partners have yet to be made public, but it will be big players.) Lights will be strung up in the alley, vendors will sell things (hopefully not Star Maps), and dining tables will extend out from the restaurant.

Even better, this Dream is planning to be LEED Silver, thanks to its sustainable practices and building materials. (We personally saw them salvaging bricks from an old building and re-laying them on the side of the hotel.) Rooms should start in the low $200s but we’ll know for sure when summer comes.

[Photos: Juliana Shallcross; Renderings: Dream Hotels]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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