CULVER CITY, CALIF. – The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel and the brand’s first urban hotel in Southern California, is expected to open in the vibrant Culver City district of Los Angeles this October. The destination-defining property is primed to become a central hub for creative camaraderie. Features will include loft-like accommodations with luxurious amenities, a sprawling campus with inspiring indoor-outdoor spaces to connect and collaborate during meetings, weddings and events, and an array of community partners that will seamlessly blend both guests’ and locals’ experiences.
Thoughtful Design in the Heart of Culver City
The Shay’s relaxed urban interior will boast thoughtfully crafted details like leather-wrapped handrails, patinated metals and native hardwoods that allude to Culver City’s industrious past. Larger spaces such as the lobby, courtyard and roof deck will comprise a series of intimate nooks, dens and parlors that seamlessly transition from work to play. A property-wide art collection will include 35 locally commissioned murals, textiles, installations and portraits, each accompanied by a unique QR code that invites visitors to learn more about the artist.
"The Shay is the first hotel in Culver City to celebrate the area’s growing creative community while fully embracing its rich history,” says Ryan Parker, general manager of The Shay. “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 will offer guests a distinct sense of place that honors old and new.”
Adjacent to the Culver City Metro E Line, The Shay will offer convenient access to experience all Los Angeles has to offer, from the boardroom to thebeach and everything in between. After a productive day exploring the neighborhood or connecting with colleagues, guests will find respite in 148 contemporary rooms and suites designed for comfort. All accommodations will feature oversized windows, workstations, curated artwork and modern décor that mirror the city’s resourceful spirit. Select suites will offer luxuries like wet bars, patios, large soaking tubs, large living spaces and separate work areas.
Those adding local flair to the hotel’s experience include boutique design agency Studio Collective, whose award-winning portfolio includes downtown LA’s Hotel Figueroa, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand; Culver City-based functional fitness studio Essers; LA-born craft grooming product company Imperial Barber; specialty spa brand milk + honey; and Culver City Art District’s ROSIES Foundation, a non-profit organization that sources employment for those with disabilities.
Distinctive Food & Beverage Offerings
The Shay will play host to two onsite culinary concepts by Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant’s What If Syndicate group, including etta, a wood-fired eatery with indoor-outdoor seating on the ground floor, and Celestina, a high-energy Mexican-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar on the roof deck. What If Syndicate will also produce the culinary experiences for meetings, weddings and events.
The Shay will boast Culver City’s first curated rooftop pool experience, offering pop-up events including music shows, comedy sets and yoga classes; a versatile outdoor courtyard that leads into a modern ballroom; and an inviting lobby space featuring a cocktail bar and game room outfitted with eclectic seating and contemporary local art.
Expansive Meetings & Events Spaces
The arrival of companies like Amazon Studios, Apple TV and WarnerMedia to Ivy Station are energizing Culver City more than a century after Thomas Ince built the city’s first film studio where Sony Pictures stands today. The Shay will be a co-catalyst for the historic neighborhood’s re-emergence as a destination for creative collaboration with 8,000 square feet of versatile indoor-outdoor event space that takes advantage of Southern California’s year-round idyllic weather. Meeting options include a modern boardroom that opens out into a courtyard with a gazebo and fireplace; a contemporary ballroom that connects to multiple pre-function spaces; and sleek breakout rooms.
Each meeting space nods to the destination with Culver City-inspired names like the Ivy Ballroom, Helms and Hayden Meeting Rooms and Blackwelder Boardroom. “We took a charismatic approach to meeting spaces that brings the spirit of Culver City to the experience,” says Parker. “There’s nothing boring about our boardroom!”