Hot Spots: The restaurants Bazaar and Tres, from acclaimed chef Jose Andres (who beat Bobby Flay on "Iron Chef America"). SLS guests also get preferential reservations at SBE's other L.A. restaurants, lounges, and clubs, including Katsuya (known for their sushi), and Area, one of the more popular clubs.
The Business Staples: Impressive 24-hour fitness center; well-equipped business center with MacBooks, copy machines, and printers; free car service in a custom Mercedes Jet Van within a two-mile radius
The Bottom Line: The Philippe Starck-designed SLS, opened in 2008, may dazzle -- and possibly overwhelm -- the senses with capital-D design. The rooms are sleek, luxurious, and spacious; its gym is enormous, and restaurants by Spanish chef Jose Andres are praiseworthy. But the high-design elements sometimes get in the way of comfort and practicality -- neither of its two pools, for example, is deep enough for swimming.