MAJOR RENOVATION: It's true that buds become full-fledged flowers in the springtime, but sometimes other things beyond the plants in our gardens can flower, and unfold, and become something new and rather spectacular. Look to the Sheraton Los Angeles Hotel, which, in April, that floweriest of months, spread its proverbial petals and became, officially, something else: a Sheraton Grand. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts bestowed the swanky designation after the property underwent a full-scale $75-million renovation, one that buffed up all 496 suites and guest rooms. The private spaces weren't the only spots to receive the tony makeover; the lobby and meeting rooms, too, were given a thorough rethinking and a signature hue: gold. Pillars and other details are flush with sparkle, or at least a metallic aesthetic, one that feels like a sophisticated take on chic '70s styling as seen through some future-forward prism.
THE DINING EXPERIENCE... features a coffee shop lobby by day and bar by night (look for signature sips in the "Paired" menu, a Sheraton Grand staple). District on the Bloc is the new restaurant on the Plaza Level, one that features sustainable ingredients in dishes like chile-miso cured beef carpaccio and purple potato gnocchi. "Plaza Level" might suggest there's a rooftop deck nearby, a deck made for lingering as one looks upon LA (and rhapsodizes about the sights seen, if the person wishes), and indeed, there is one. As for where the Sheraton Grand sits? It's part of The Bloc, the site of the downtown Macy's, which itself is undergoing a major re-imagining. The hotel's redo is a look at more redos to come in that immediate area, and one that came to full flower in, appropriately enough, the springtime.