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By Chris | January 29 2007
Since it opened in 1928, the Beverly Wilshire has consistently been the preferred address for Hollywood’s elite, royalty and the discerning traveler.
Now the famed grande dame is in the midst of ushering in a new era of modern elegance. Beginning with the addition of The Blvd restaurant in March 2005 and the opening of Cut and Sidebar in June 2006 (a restaurant and bar, respectively), the hotel has undergone a significant renaissance.
Why we love it: Located on the top floor of the Beverly Wing, the suite is the largest in Los Angeles and also boasts a wraparound balcony with stunning 180-degree views of the city. The three-room accommodation features 12-foot ceilings, a master suite with a canopied king bed, a master bathroom with a deep soaking Jacuzzi tub, picture windows and an open floor plan allowing the living room to flow directly into the media and dining area. The state-of-the-art designer kitchen and a dining room table for 12 mean that the suite is also suitable for guests who wish to entertain during their stay.
Radha Arora, General Manager
+1 310 275 5200
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Located on the crossroads of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, the SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, was the first property to open in the SLS Hotels brand with the initials SLS standing for style, luxury and service.
Challenging every traditional convention of high-end hospitality, SLS Hotel continues to examine and rethink all aspects of the luxury hotel experience to create an entirely new paradigm that is truly in tune with what sophisticated travelers want today.
Why we love it: The luxe Presidential Suite at SLS features the utmost in lush comfort, amenities and design. Philippe Starck’s breathtaking creation features elegant living, dining and sitting rooms, all overlooking sweeping views of the L.A. skyline. A separate bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet and full dressing area ensure total and complete privacy, while exclusive in-room Technogym Kinesis Personal training equipment allows busy travelers to maintain their fitness regime. A full wet bar, pantry and kitchen make entertaining a breeze, an abundance of mirrors creates a spacious and soothing feel and delightful hidden discoveries, like a Saints & Sinners mini-bar and a spa shelf with premium products, await throughout.
Philip Dailey, General Manager
+1 310 246 2015
465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Embraced on all sides by beauty and refinement, the Montage provides an idyllic getaway in the heart of the Golden Triangle.
\Literally a few steps from the incomparable shopping and dining of Rodeo and Canon Drives, this Beverly Hills hotel is a celebration of its legendary setting. Business and leisure pursuits are equally accessible thanks to Montage’s coveted location, unmatched ambiance and highly personalized service.
Why we love it: This new suite can be combined with two Grand Deluxe guest rooms and the Governor Suite to create a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom residence with views of the Hollywood Hills from the balcony. Guests also have complimentary use of a Mercedes-Benz. Exquisite furnishings and state-of the-art technologies combine to deliver the ultimate indulgence. The suite consists of a separate living area, which boasts one and one-half bathrooms, a spacious dining table, a separate entertaining room and a full-service kitchen with private valet access from the hallway.
Hermann Elger, General Manager
+1 310 860 7800
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
A favorite of Hollywood stars and located on the legendary Sunset Strip, Sunset Marquis offers an oasis of calm but is just steps from the excitement of the strip.
As you enter this luxury Hollywood hotel, you’ll be greeted with the fragrance of the lush, floral gardens that surround the grounds and offer seclusion as you make your way to private accommodation. Retreat to your personal poolside cabana to soak up the perfect L.A. weather and keep an eye out, because you never know who might make an appearance. Facilities include onsite recording and photography studios.
Why we love it: Recently updated with even more stylish modern furnishings and amenities such as marble counters, custom seating and Noguchi lamps, the suite has never looked or felt better. This sweeping, two-story villa includes a screening room, exclusive poolside cabana and private elevator entrance to the spa and garage, where you can park the Bentley that comes with the suite. In-villa meals can be cooked in the fully equipped kitchen by the hotel’s chef.
Rod Gruendyke, General Manager
+1 310 657 1333
1200 North Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood
Hotel Bel-Air is set to reopen on 1 November 2011 after an extensive renovation and redesign celebrating the landscape and effortlessly blending the indoor and outdoor experience.
Private garden entrances, trickling stone fountains and woodburning fireplaces are just a few of the unique features that keep Elite Travelers returning.
Why we love it: The Presidential Suite has a full kitchen and formal living room with a wood-burning fireplace provide a residential welcome. French doors open onto a garden patio with a soothing fountain and Jacuzzi. The king-size bed in the master bedroom is topped with fine Italian linens, and you’ll be greeted with complimentary tea upon arrival.
Tim Lee, General Manager
+1 310 472 1211
701 Stone Canyon Road
Situated in one of the country’s most exclusive zip codes – 90210 – The Beverly Hills Hotel has long been the spot where Hollywood’s brightest lights socialize by the pool or romance in cozy private bungalows while studio moguls and heavy-hitting financiers complete deals in The Polo Lounge.
The property features 210 guest rooms and suites (including the two new Presidential Bungalows that will add six additional suites), 21 one-of-a-kind bungalows and a 1,916-square-foot spa. Its lush, fragrant gardens and palm-lined poolside areas recall Hollywood’s golden age and create a relaxed ambiance in which to unwind. Also known as the Pink Palace the hotel is the place to be seen and catch glimpses of famous faces.
Why we love it: Available from the middle of April 2011, the brand new Presidential Bungalows will be the largest and most prestigious suites in Los Angeles, blending outdoor and indoor living space in a unique way. Guests will enjoy a private entrance, a chef’s kitchen, an outdoor fireplace and wall-of-glass doors overlooking a waterfall-edged swimming pool.
Edward Mady, General Manager
+1 310 281 2908
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Embodying the spirit of a sophisticated private club and a gracious urban residence, this hotel attracts the most discriminating guests from all over the world.
Even though it is just a short walk from Rodeo Drive, the hotel is known for its privacy. It has both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards.
Why we love it: The suite features a large media room, three master bedrooms and six balconies with magnificent views of downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills. Choose from a Ferrari F430 Spider, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder, Bentley GT convertible or Bentley GT Coupé to drive during your stay. A Steinway & Sons grand piano, Panasonic 50-inch plasma TV, Lavazza espresso machine and a private dining menu for pets are just some of the other luxuries on offer for guests.
Sal Abaunza, General Manager
+1 310 278 3344
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Perfectly located on the sands of Santa Monica Bay and near the historic Santa Monica Pier, Shutters on the Beach has a charming sophisticated atmosphere with stunning original artwork and objets d’art throughout.
The three separate buildings are all visually linked by elaborately detailed slate-grey shingled siding, flower-covered trellises, balconies and cabana-striped awnings. The front of the hotel opens onto the Santa Monica beach promenade, and public spaces are warm and inviting with a mixture of custom furnishings and white-washed, wood-paneled walls, accented by dark wood floors and detailing.
Why we love it: Offering full ocean views, this expansive charmer features extra-large bathrooms with oversized oval whirlpool bathtubs, additional powder rooms, full-size living rooms with fireplaces, dining tables seating between four and six, an additional fireplace in the master bedroom and a galley kitchen with full-size refrigerator. The suite is available with one or two bedrooms and complimentary transportation in a Jaguar XJ.
+1 310 458 0030
1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
Situated in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Ritz-Carlton soars above the city, offering a sleek, sophisticated atmosphere, refined service and sweeping views at every turn.
Just blocks from Los Angeles landmarks such as the Staples Center, the hotel is an urban oasis from which to enjoy the city’s dynamic surroundings and numerous cultural opportunities.
Why we love it: The five-bay suite with panoramic views north to the mountains and west to the ocean is on the 25th floor of the hotel. The generous foyer with marble and mahogany hardwood floors and carpeting opens up to an entertainment area, a spacious executive study with additional seating, a formal dining area with seating for 10, an adjacent butler’s pantry with separate service entry and a bedroom suite with luxury walk-in shower and rain showerhead. Guests have access to the Club Lounge with five daily food and beverage sittings.
Javier Cano, General Manager
+1 213 743 8800
900 West Olympic Boulevard