148-Room Hyatt Hotel Opens in Culver City

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By Catherine Sweeney 

With a grand opening recently taking place in October, Culver City recently welcomed a new luxury hotel. The Destination by Hyatt hotel, also referred to as The Shay, boasts 148 rooms and a wide variety of guest amenities. 

Located at 8801 Washington Boulevard, the hotel’s luxury rooms and suites feature oversized windows, workstations, wet bars, patios and more. Further, the hotel offers a variety of common area amenities, including a rooftop pool with space for events, classes and performances. Guests will also be able to enjoy an outdoor courtyard, ballroom and large lobby area with a cocktail bar, game room and plenty of seating. 

In total, the hotel offers 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, which includes the Ivy Ballroom as well as two board rooms, Helms and Hayden Meeting Rooms and the Blackwelder Boardroom. Meeting rooms are also designed to be flexible with smaller breakout rooms and rearrangeable conference space. 

The property also includes two culinary concepts from Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant. The first is Etta, a ground floor restaurant serving a variety of wood-fired cuisine. The second is Celestina, a Mexican-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar located at the roof deck. 

With designs from KFA Architects, The Shay features modern urban interiors with hardwood and metal materials throughout. The property also reflects the larger art and media scene throughout Culver City by featuring an art collection of 35 locally commissioned pieces, consisting of murals, portraits, textiles and more.

“The Shay is the first hotel in Culver City to celebrate the area’s growing creative community while fully embracing its rich history,” Ryan Parker, general manager of The Shay, said. “As an anchor to the Arts District, which encompasses art galleries, coffee bars, trending fitness studios and the re-imagined landmark Helms Bakery building with design boutiques and specialty restaurants, The Shay offers guests a distinct sense of place that honors old and new.”

The hotel is part of the larger Ivy Station, a 5.2 mixed-use development including 240,000 square feet of office space currently leased to WarnerMedia to be used as offices for HBO, Cinemax, HBO Max and its WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, TNT, TBS and truTV. Ivy Station also includes 200 residential units and 50,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space. In addition to WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Studios, Apple and Amazon also lease nearby studio space. 

The Shay is owned by the Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which has a portfolio including more than 1,000 hotels in 68 countries across the globe. Hyatt Hotels Corporation offers 20 premier brands, with some including Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Alila, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Destination by Hyatt and more.