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Soak Up Hollywood Glamour Inside a Few of LA's Best Hotels

Oct. 11th, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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The mention of Los Angeles conjures images of the glamour of Hollywood studios, the laid-back attitude of surf-side living, and forward-thinking design and cuisine. All of these qualities sets the trends followed around the world. Our guide to Los Angeles gives you a slice of what we think best captures the essence of the City of Angels.
 LA Hotels

The Hotel Bel-Air

If your idea of a perfect city hotel is one that instills a sense of peace and tranquility far away from the crowds and congestion, but close enough to dive into the action when you need to, then this is the place for you. The Hotel Bel-Air is nestled in the lush green neighborhood of Bel-Air, spread over 12 acres of stunning foliage and a truly beautiful landscape. Your neighbors at the Hotel Bel-Air are multi-million dollar mansions without a shopping mall, office building or nightclub in sight.

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The hotel has recently undergone a total renovation of its interior spaces, which now serve as a stark juxtaposition to its historic exterior. The 58 rooms and 45 suites are decorated in neutral tones and rich fabrics with sleek marble floors, high-end modern furniture and the latest gadgets (Bang & Olufson entertainment centers and a dedicated iPad for each room that between them control the temperature, draw the curtains, order room service and probably much more).

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 Hotel Bel-Air Pool
Hotel Bel-Air

Having visited pre-refurb, The Hotel Bel-Air stuck in my mind as one of the most enchanting hotels I had ever seen, partly because of its exterior and setting. Thankfully, the buildings, the grounds, and the pool remain as they have for years Ė low lying Spanish missionary style buildings are positioned in a lush landscape of mature plantings that offer shade from the scorching Californian sun. The oval pool remains as the center of the action and serves as a reminder that service is of paramount importance at The Hotel Bel-Air.

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 Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air

Guests are presented with hourly complimentary amenities like frozen fruits and popsicles. Itís true that the little things can make a big difference. As part of the renovations, the restaurant was updated with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the helm, offering a classic Californian menu with a real masterís touch. Seeing the man himself work the room on two separate visits reinforced that this is a serious restaurant destination in itself. The space is part indoors and part under a retractable roof, which maximizes the magical setting in the middle of the hotel.

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 Hotel Bel-Air Pond

The hotel is virtually flawless (my only complaint being the addition of a TV in the bar area) and is the perfect way to combine a relaxing retreat with a city visit. The stunning scenery, excellent service and gorgeous design make a truly special hotel.

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 Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows

Nothing embodies the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles more than the iconic pink structure of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Now celebrating its 100 year anniversary, the hotel has seen starlets lounging by the pool, media moguls finalizing deals over a power lunch at the hotelís restaurant, the Polo Lounge, and debauched rock star parties in the highly discreet and hidden bungalows.

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 Beverly Hills Hotel Rooms & Suites

The rooms are arranged in a traditional five-star luxury hotel design, which is comfortable but not particularly modern or remarkable. The rooms are due for a refurbishment in stages over the next year, and if the recently revamped lobby is a good indicator, the rooms will soon be stylish, modern and classy. The bungalows are a unique feature of the Beverly Hills Hotel offering privacy, space and discretion.

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 Beverly Hills Pool

The grounds are the hotelís most stunning feature and are the setting for the heart and soul of the hoteló the swimming pool. The pool area operates a strict guest-only policy but once in, stretching out on a green and white striped lounger with a cold drink in hand, the view of the pink hotel and towering palm trees in the background is as LA as it gets.

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 Polo Lounge Beverly Hills Hotel

The Polo Lounge is the ideal setting for an evening cocktail to revel in true Hollywood glamour, and if youíre offered one of the booths, you know youíve made it. The poolside Cabana Cafť is a relaxed but stylish alternative with a menu of classic American dishes to refuel in between dips in the pool. Just make sure to be discreet when you spot an A-lister in the corner.

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 Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

For those craving to be in the center of the nightlife in West Hollywood, the Chateau Marmont is our top pick. Slightly less obvious than the other hotels on the Sunset Strip, the Chateau Marmont manages to provide its guests with just the right mix of party scene by night and privacy by day.

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 Shutters on the Beach

Shutters on the Beach

For some, a stay in LA is incomplete without direct access to the Pacific Ocean, which would necessitate a stay in Santa Monica. There is no better hotel that captures upscale Americana by the sea than Shutters on the Beach, which is designed in subtle tones and New England style architecture right on the beach.

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 Beverly Hills Hotel

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