Breakfast and muffins provided in the lobby every morning
Free self-parking (though valet is also available)
Free house car for transport to local shopping/dining
Room decor is a little dated
Prices are high
This mid-sized upscale hotel is the definition of five-pearl. Classy yet understated, the property draws a chic celebrity clientele, and guests will also feel like celebs staying here. Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood just blocks from exclusive Rodeo and Robertson Drives, the hotel has 285 beautifully decorated rooms -- each with French doors and private balconies, plus iPads and ultra-cushy beds. There is a marked focus on doing things al fresco, thanks to the property's open-air restaurant/lounge and 24-hour fitness center, and fabulous outdoor heated pool with cafe and private cabanas. The on-site restaurant and bar are also popular with the glitterati, yet the overall vibe of this hotel is somehow still serene.
Chic, private, and personal with an al fresco focus
Without ever leaving this property, guests can get a full Hollywood experience -- often the hotel of choice for celebrities, it frequently hosts press junkets and pre-awards ceremony prep. Staff welcome guests by name upon arrival in the marbled lobby, adorned with stunning floral arrangements. Common spaces capitalize on the sunny California climate by being outside or at least having open-air capabilities. The vibe is relaxed-luxury: posh weddings are a regular occurrence, and the gardens and grounds offer many areas for gatherings. Strict policies protect the privacy of all patrons, so guests may want to hold off on taking photos.
A quiet nook on a busy road, but convenient to all of Beverly Hills
Located on Doheny Drive near the shopping of Robertson Avenue, the hotel is not far from Rodeo Drive, and accessible to the Sunset Strip. The area immediately surrounding this hotel is actually very private (making it perfect for celebrities who are trying to check in/out without drawing major attention). Even for the non-celeb set, however, the convenient location and quiet residential neighborhood are perks, since there is very little street noise, and the neighborhood is pedestrian-friendly (i.e. there is ample sidewalk space and the area is safe for walking).
The 285 rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills are not overwhelmingly opulent for a five-pearl hotel -- on purpose. The goal seems to be serenity over swank, with a focus on warm colors and many fresh floral accents, though some rooms look a little dated and worn for this price point. Beds are super-comfortable with high-quality linens, and robes and slippers are available (and monogrammed for newlyweds). There are modern amenities, like large flat-screen TVs (in bedrooms and bathrooms), Bose alarm clocks with iPod docking stations, and iPads that can be used for inter-hotel communications and reservations. In-room Wi-Fi is free. The bathrooms are spacious and include shower/tub combos and high-end Bvlgari toiletries. Children can have a stuffed animal of their choice, and their name applied to the glass shower doors in colorful letters. Turndown service at night includes bottled water. For the best views of the Hollywood sign and the Hills from private balconies, ask for a high floor.
Fabulous outdoor pool, full-service spa, 24-hour open-air gym
The heated pool on the fourth floor, with a poolside cafe and private cabanas, is the perfect place for a leisurely day in the sun. The top-notch spa offers a variety of treatments (available in poolside cabanas), as well as a steam room and full nail salon. The 24-hour open-air fitness center is well-stocked with modern equipment; there are also headphones, water, and fresh fruit. Valet and self-parking are available, and there are luxury "house cars" with chauffeurs available for trips within two miles of the hotel. The on-site restaurant, Culina, offers a delicious Italian menu including L.A.'s only "crudo bar" (Italian raw bar); it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with formal dining available under modern chandeliers or a more relaxed meal served on the outside patio. The upscale Windows Lounge is also a great place to grab a cocktail and stargaze (literally and figuratively), and offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Though there isn't an advertised free breakfast per se, there are muffins and fruit as well as coffee and tea available in the lobby every morning gratis.
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