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Los Angeles has one of the top hotel markets in the country. According to new research from CBRE, average daily rates are expected to grow 3.1% this year over 2017. Los Angeles has always had a healthy hotel market, but the resurgence of Downtown Los Angeles and the growth of the leisure market there has helped to fill a void that has lifted the whole market.

“There has been a radical change in L.A. over the last 10 years. Prior to the downturn in 2005 or 2006, L.A. was a good hotel market but Downtown Los Angeles was fairly weak,” Bruce Baltin, managing director at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com. “It was largely a commercial and group demand market, and it didn’t get a lot of leisure demand. For that reason, it was always between a 68% and 70% market at its peak. With the development of L.A. LIVE and the redevelopment of residential in downtown, and all of the restaurants and amenities that go a long with it, Downtown Los Angeles has become a very strong submarket, running in the high 70%. That really filled in a hole in Los Angeles.”

While Downtown Los Angeles has helped to raise the market to a top-tier status, other new demand drivers this cycle have also contributed growth, like the Chinese leisure market and the boom of Silicon Beach. As a result, there are no unhealthy hotel submarkets within Los Angeles. “In addition, we have had strong demand from the Chinese submarket, which has fueled the hotel market in the San Gabriel Valley,” Baltin says. “Plus, the development of Silicon Beach and the West L.A. market has filled in the hotel market. We have really no weak submarkets at this point in time, and the market has filled in very nicely. All of the market segments are maturing very nicely.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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