Westin Bonaventure Hotel

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is the largest hotel in Los Angeles, California, USA. It is 367 feet (112 meters) tall and has 35 floors. Construction began in 1974, and was completed in 1976. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and observation level. It was originally owned by investors including a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and Portman Cos. in Atlanta. It was designed and built by the Portman Cos., headed by John Portman the architect. It is currently managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (IHR). The hotel's architecture figures prominently in the work of literary critic and social theorist Fredric Jameson, who argues that it typifies the logic of postmodern social organization.

Location filming

It has been featured in many movies and television series over the years including: "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", "This is Spinal Tap", "In the Line of Fire", "Nick of Time", "True Lies", "Midnight Madness", "Showtime", "Hard to Kill", "Chuck", and was destroyed (via special effects) in "Escape from LA" and "Epicenter". The television series "It's a Living" was specifically to have taken place at the Bonaventure as opposed to simply being showcased in a few episodes.Fact|date=April 2007. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is also showcased in episodes of CSI and its exterior in Mission Impossible III, and Hancock.

Popular culture

* A recreation of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel is depicted in the Rockstar Games video game , as a recognizable landmark in the fictional city of Los Santos, which is modeled on the City of Los Angeles, and is called "The Atrium".
* The hotel was featured in R&B singer Usher's 2002 video "U Don't Have to Call".

Other buildings by John Portman

*Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan
*Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, Georgia
*Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, California

External links

* [http://www.westin.com/bonaventure Westin Bonaventure Hotel]

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