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By Elite Traveler | January 13 2020
Hollywood’s golden era is alive and well at Hotel Bel-Air, part of the Dorchester Collection, a Mediterranean-style sanctuary tucked away in the wooded hills of the exclusive Bel Air community. First opened in 1946, the hotel has been a private escape for Tinseltown’s most iconic movie stars, celebrities and filmmakers (Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly, to name a few), be it for a power lunch at the alfresco restaurant, a relaxing spa escape at Hotel Bel-Air Spa or a long-term stay in one of its seven Signature Suites. The Presidential Suite is one of the finest with a classic-yet-modern California-style design and a charming, private Spanish-inspired courtyard enclosed by towering trees and plants. You never need to leave: There’s a full-sized swimming pool and outdoor space, plus a large living room with a grand piano, chef’s kitchen and a monolithic fireplace to cozy up next to. Each room has high, vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows to let in the California sunshine.