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Hyperion Hotel was the headquarters for Angel Investigations[1] after the destruction of their previous office.[2]

History[]

Origins[]

The Hyperion was built in 1928 into California Spanish, deco influence style in what was then the heart of Hollywood.[3] It was located in 1481 Hyperion Avenue[4] and there were 68 apartments in the hotel.[3]

Before the building was even completed, it was claimed by a Thesulac demon, a generally incorporeal entity that fed on paranoia. A legacy of suspicious deaths began almost immediately, beginning near the end of construction when a roofer went mad and jumped to his death, taking two coworkers with him.[3]

1950s[]

Angel was a resident of the room 217 of the hotel in 1952. In the room next door, a candle salesman was shot in the head, the third apparent suicide in the Hyperion in as many months. Fearing police involvement, the manager ordered that it be covered up and the body be stored in the meat locker.[3]

The salesman's death and the whispers of the demon fed a wave of paranoia among the remaining guests, culminating a few days later in the formation of a lynch mob that strung Angel up from the second floor balcony. Angel, who had been about to attempt a ritual to rid the hotel of the demonic presence, waited until the mob had dispersed before freeing himself and leaving them to the demon out of disgust.[3]

At some point afterward, the police were called in, and in 1954 the bellhop was executed for murdering the salesman and hiding his body.[3]

Closure[]

The Hyperion finally closed on December 16, 1979, when the concierge "made his morning wake-up call with a 12-gauge shotgun, room to room."[3] It remained empty until Angel Investigations took it over in the fall of 2000.[1]

Angel Investigations[]

Angel rediscovered the abandoned hotel through a tunnel while he was fleeing demons with Jo.[5] In an attempt to atone for his actions fifty years before, Angel and his team killed the Thesulac demon and freed the lone remaining inhabitant, a fugitive named Judy Kovacs in the room 214, whom the demon had been feasting off of for fifty years.[3] They cleaned up the Hyperion and made it the new home of Angel Investigations.[1] At this time, Angel's apartment number was 312.[citation needed]

When Angel briefly became corrupted and fired Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Cordelia Chase, and Charles Gunn, he remained in the Hyperion by himself, while his former colleagues continued the agency without him in a rented office.[citation needed] They returned to the Hyperion after Angel returned to the group.[6]

The Hyperion was also home for Angel, Lorne, Gunn, Winifred Burkle, and Connor.[citation needed] It also occasionally harbored the group's other members and people they helped, like the telekinetic Bethany Chaulk,[7] Fred's parents Trish and Roger Burkle,[8] a pregnant Darla,[9] and the Slayer Faith Lehane while she was unconscious.[10]

The Team Angel remained at the Hyperion until they stopped the reign of Jasmine and moved their headquarters to the Wolfram & Hart Los Angeles branch.[11] Later, they confronted Wolfram & Hart's demon army in the alleyway behind the Hyperion.[12]

Angel and his friends moved back into the hotel and made it their base of operations during the fall of Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Proceeding the end of magic, Angel and Gunn returned to the Hyperion with Willow, Faith, and Connor to open an entrance to Quor'toth as part of Willow's quest to restore Earth's magic.[13]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Exterior shots of the hotel were taken at the Los Altos Hotel & Apartments, at 4121 Wilshire Blvd. Some interior shots were done in The Ambassador Hotel, according to DVD commentary about "Billy".
  • The name Hyperion comes from Greek mythology and is sometimes considered synonymous with Helios, the god of the Sun.
  • The courtyard setting for the Burns residence in "I Fall to Pieces" is also the same set for the Courtyard of the Hyperion.
  • Angel production designer Stuart Blatt described the setting: "An old hotel, something [the writers] could use to evoke the past of Los Angeles and some of Angel's history, something kind of creepy and spooky but not too dark because they didn't want something depressing, it's called the Hyperion Hotel. It's based on many hotels in Los Angeles... Angel lived in a larger suite in the hotel, like a honeymoon suite, the producers wanted Angel to have enough room to relax and get away from it all, do a little pondering, a little brooding, a little research. Every once in a while someone will come up to have a little conversation."[14]

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