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DTLA's Getting Another Hip New Boutique Hotel With A Rooftop Pool

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Downtown is becoming increasingly popular with out-of-towners—not just locals—eager to take up the hood's thriving nightlife scene. Just a couple of blocks down the street from the hip Ace Hotel in downtown L.A., there's another trendy boutique hotel in the works (with a rooftop pool!)—and it will be occupying a historic building that's over 90 years old.

This new 148-room hotel, which will be called the Proper, will be taking over a 13-story, red brick and stone masonry tower on the corner of Broadway and 11th Street, according to the L.A. Times. It's right across the street from the former Herald-Examiner newspaper building, and about a block away from "it" restaurant Alma and the Mayan nightclub.

The developers behind the project, Proper Hospitality—which includes the founder of the also trendy Viceroy Hotel Group—plan on breaking ground soon and completing the hotel by 2017.

Locals, take note: this hotel offers plenty of places to drink. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they're planning a rooftop pool and bar. At the lobby level, there will be a bar and restaurant where you can do some sidewalk dining. There will also be a basement bar.

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Proper Hospitality will be basically be gutting the Italian Renaissance Revival-style building located at 1106 S. Broadway but keeping some of its historic features. There have been a change of hands in ownership of the tower since it first opened in 1924 as home for the Commercial Club of Southern California. "It was a men's-only refuge for local captains of industry who helped hatch plans for the 1932 Olympics and the burgeoning movie industry but eventually was turned into the Case Hotel in 1947," according to the Hollywood Reporter. When it was the Commercial Club, it was a place where men could go swimming, work out in the gym, get a haircut or play some pool.

The Case Hotel closed in 1965 when the YWCA Job Training Corps took over the building until 2012 when they moved to a different location. That's when Proper Hospitality stepped in.

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