The Crescent Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Los Angeles, California

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Pros

  • Free, in-room Wi-Fi
  • Flat-screen TVs with over 70 basic stations
  • The White Company toiletries
  • Room service available, though limited

Cons

  • Tiny standard rooms -- just 150 square feet
  • Noisy rooms -- expect to hear your neighbors
  • Poor in-room temperature control
  • No pool, fitness center, or business center
  • No elevators
  • Parking is pricey and by valet only

Bottom Line

With tiny, uncomfortable standard rooms and next to no amenities, this 35-room boutique hotel has a stylish surface, but little substance. Its location on a quiet street just around the corner from Beverly Hills' main shopping and dining district is ideal, but there are better boutique hotels in this area and price range, like Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive and Maison 140.

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Tiny rooms and few amenities overshadow the tony Beverly Hills location of this 35-room boutique.

The lobby
The lobby

The words "sleep" and "lounge" are etched into the large glass doors at the entrance to this 35-room boutique hotel on the edge of Beverly Hills' main shopping and dining district. For better or worse, that sums up the place. As you might expect, there's a bit of pretense, from the modern, white Dodd-Mitchell-designed lobby to the well-coiffed, but standoffish, front desk staff. It's not quite merited. Sure, the hotel is located in tony Beverly Hills within easy walking distance of Prada and Spago, but the hotel itself isn't that fancy and the dirty hallway carpets don't warrant the attitude. With tiny standard rooms and few on-site amenities, it's a place to sleep and lounge but little else.

First built in the 1920s as a hotel housing silent film stars, it later became an apartment building, and then, in 2003, it was renovated and reopened as the Crescent Hotel. Today, the renovations are beginning to feel shoddy. Rooms have some trendy touches like platform beds, iPod docks, and concrete bathrooms, but the iPod playing a custom-designed soundtrack matters little when one of the shelves is coming loose from the wall, the temperature is unpleasant, or there's barely enough room to maneuver. Standard single rooms are just 150 square feet -- stylish crash pads that are small even by Beverly Hills boutique standards. At the nearby and similarly priced Maison 140 and Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, entry level rooms are 200 and 180 square feet, respectively. And they're also a bit more luxurious.

The hotel isn't just short on space, but on amenities as well -- there's no business center, pool, or fitness center. Guests can purchase a day pass to LA Sports Club at an extra daily cost. At the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, guests get the pass for free, while at the Maison 140 there's a small fitness center on-site. And if you want to spend a little more, the nearby Thompson Beverly Hills has both a lovely rooftop pool and a fitness center.

What the hotel does offer is free Wi-Fi in rooms (something the Luxe also has but the others don't), pricey valet parking (no parking at Maison 140), and a small but fashionable on-site restaurant and lounge, Boe, with a daily happy hour and tasty New American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel website mentions a "24-hour concierge staff," but there's no dedicated concierge; front desk staffers double as concierges and their attitude ranges from helpful to put-upon. Unless you can get a significantly cheaper rate at the Crescent, the aforementioned competitors are better deals with superior rooms and features.

 Location

In Beverly Hills, a quick walk from Rodeo Drive

The Crescent is located in Beverly Hills, an enclave of wealthy living and luxury shopping in the middle of L.A.'s westside. It's located a few minutes' walk from the upscale designer stores and restaurants lining Rodeo Drive.

  • There's little nightlife in Beverly Hills; the Sunset Strip, the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard known for its cutting-edge rock clubs and night spots, is a 5- to 10-minute drive away.
  • Santa Monica Beach is a 20- to 30-minute drive.
  • A few miles, or about a 10- to 15-minute drive, to touristy Hollywood Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, and the celebrity footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, a movie-themed amusement park, is about 10 miles and a 25-minute drive.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 16 miles away, a half-hour's drive in light traffic; in heavy traffic, it can take more than twice as long.

 Rooms

Trendy, but not luxurious

Tiny, stylish rooms have more form than function.
Tiny, stylish rooms have more form than function.

With sleek dark wood furniture and concrete bathrooms, rooms are stylish and modern, but they have a flimsy, Ikea cheapness. Shelves come loose from walls, and the walls themselves are thin enough to hear hallway conversations all too clearly. Desks have no nearby outlets and there are fashionable white stools in lieu of desk chairs -- more form over function. Bathrooms have concrete floors, counters, and showers that give them a clean industrial elegance, while the fancy White Company toiletries and loofah mitt add a bit of luxury. The minibar has the sort of trendy treats you'd expect, like sweets from Dylan's Candy Bar. But beds are less than sweet. My mattress felt lumpy, sheets were slightly pilled, and poly-filled pillows weren't fluffy enough.

  • Entry-level single and queen rooms have small 15-inch flat-screen TVs, while king and queen superior rooms have larger 32 to 42-inch flat-screens.
  • All rooms have DVD players; front desk has about 20 titles for loan.
  • The cheapest single rooms are just 150 square feet -- some of the smallest around -- with just one full-size bed and a bathroom door that can't open completely because of the small confines.
  • Narrow wardrobes instead of actual closets; no in-room safes, but the front desk can store valuables
  • Temperature control is dodgy: Rooms supposedly have individual temperature control units, but the one in my rooms was utterly useless.
  • iPod docks and iPod minis with playlists specially designed for the hotel in every room
  • Baths have either a shower/bath combo or a standalone shower only, as well as White Company toiletries.

 Bottom Line

With tiny, uncomfortable standard rooms and next to no amenities, this 35-room boutique hotel has a stylish surface, but little substance. Its location on a quiet street just around the corner from Beverly Hills' main shopping and dining district is ideal, but there are better boutique hotels in this area and price range, like Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive and Maison 140.

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Address

  • 403 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Crescent Beverly Hills
  • Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills

Room Types

  • King Room
  • Queen Deluxe Room
  • Queen Room
  • Single Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 36
Pool: N/A
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Beverly Hills/Bel Air, Los Angeles
Address: 403 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, US
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