L.A. Gets A Facelift With A New Entertainment Complex

Hollywood, finally, is ready for another close-up. This month’s debut of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel caps the new Hollywood & Highland retail and entertainment development that could electrify the jolt-needy SoCal neighborhood. The 640-room hotel features midcentury modernist design, from Eames lobby chairs to kidney-shaped guest room desks. Chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck runs the buzzed-about bar surrounding the fifth-floor pool deck. Stroll through the “awards walk” and Kodak Thea-tre, the new home of the Academy Awards, or beyond into the 640,000-square-foot shopping area. The best way to indulge silver-screen fantasies? Book a north-side room with views of the landmark Hollywood sign. From $169. (323) 856-1200, www.renaissancehollywood.com