The lobby lounge and cafe at the Regent Beverly Wilshire have been redesigned, marking the completion of the $65-million first-phase renovation of the landmark hotel at Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Designed by the Los Angeles-based architectural firm of Gruen Associates, the renovation restores "the original architectural character of the hotel, which has been obscured and modified over the years," according to Kurt Franzen of Gruen.
The major design program is aimed at reclaiming the hotel's place as one of the "finest in the nation," according to Robert H. Burns, president of Regent International Hotels, the owner.
Interior designer Glenn Texeira, principal of Project Associates, said his firm's goal was "to create a truly grand hotel in the finest European tradition." The lobby is designed in tones of gold, beige and brown marble, he said.