Autograph Collection opened westdrift Manhattan Beach late last month as the collection’s flagship Los Angeles property. The hotel is located on 26 acres four miles from Los Angeles International Airport.
westdrift Manhattan Beach offers nearly 400 guestrooms and suites, all with breathtaking views and 112 with private balconies. The decor is inspired by East Coast beach life, with natural textures and a beach-reminiscent color palette. Beyond the lobby, the floorplan opens to the indoor-outdoor Jute Coastal Bar + Kitchen, offering a bicoastal menu and expansive cocktail program.
The property is one mile to the beach and near shopping, entertainment and dining at The Point. A partnership with Solé Bicycles provides guests with beach cruisers. Other amenities include on-demand entertainment via in-room technology and outdoor lawn games. Common spaces include a nine-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There is 35,000 square feet of event space with 18 meeting rooms, a ballroom and three industrial-style venues.
“With the opening of westdrift, Manhattan Beach finally earns a new hotel worthy of its sophisticated surroundings,” said Stephanie Bauer, general manager, westdrift. “The spirit of the Autograph Collection brand reflects a true sense of place, and the mashup of Manhattan Beach between business and beach proves an exciting, enviable muse. Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel that allure.”
“We are excited to debut our first Autograph Collection Hotel in Manhattan Beach with the beautiful westdrift,” added Jennifer Connell, vice president, brand marketing and management, Autograph Collection Hotels. “With seven Autograph Collection Hotels currently open in California, and nine additional hotels slated to open in the next three years, we’re thrilled to welcome westdrift to our growing California portfolio, reflecting the brand’s values of vision, design and craft.”
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