Free car transportation within three miles of hotel
Not great for kids
Fee for pets
This luxury retreat in ritzy Bel-Air is one of Los Angeles' -- indeed, one of the country's -- poshest and most romantic getaways. The 12 acres of landscaped gardens allow it to feel secluded and private, even though it's only a 10-minute drive from the designer shopping in Beverly Hills. The 103 sophisticated rooms and suites blend Spanish Colonial and French Deco influences; some have fireplaces and patios. Gourmet California cuisine is available from Wolfgang Puck, while the lounge has live music performances and light Mediterranean fare. Free treats such as popsicles are served at the chic, heated outdoor pool, and there is small luxury spa with seven treatment rooms.
Perfect for celebrities who want to get away, and for those who want to see celebrities on a getaway
The Hotel Bel-Air is a famous celebrity haunt, and for good reason. But it's not only the well-heeled celebs who flock to this luxury hotel but well-heeled no-names too. While the hotel makes a point to welcome kids with plush kids' robes and children's menus, make no mistake about it: This isn't a place for screaming kids who cannon ball into the pool. Pets, on the other hand, are pampered: a daily fee gives pooches access to lots of perks. Quiet and peaceful, the place exudes a vibe of relaxation, and despite the high price tag, snobbishness and attitude are, by and large, left outside the grounds.
Just a few minutes off Southern California's main drag -- the 405 -- the hotel is tucked away in the quiet, peaceful neighborhood of Bel-Air. The property is surrounded by lush greenery and yet close to the bustle of Hollywood and Santa Monica, and other L.A. attractions. It's an easy drive to the ocean, and to such outdoor activities as hiking. Restaurants are nearby. Despite its central location, the Hotel Bel-Air is as quiet as can be. Once inside, guests are likely to forget that they are in the heart of a major city.
Rooms and suites vary dramatically in size, but every one comes with the luxury touches.
With 58 guestrooms and 45 suites -- including the Presidential Suite with its private pool -- the Hotel Bel-Air is small enough to feel intimate and but large enough to cater to guests' every need. The hotel design -- including room decor -- is influenced by the Hollywood glamour of the '30s, '40s, and '50s, which seems fitting given the hotel's location. The least expensive rooms are about 450 square feet, the largest almost 2,300 -- with several options in the middle. Flat-screen TVs, high-quality linens, marble vanities, and rain showers in the bathrooms are standard, but lower-level rooms lack the space, chandeliers, and fireplaces found in pricier rooms.
Everything you would expect from a five-pearl hotel, and several surprises, too
The Hotel Bel-Air is two types of hotels in one: On the one hand, it's a city hotel moments away from top attractions; on the other, it's a destination resort equipped to satisfy guests for whom the hotel is the attraction. It has an award-winning spa that includes couples' treatment rooms; an adjacent hair salon for those who need to spruce up before a night on the town; a fitness center for quick workouts plus yoga classes where guests are served fresh juices; a Wolfgang Puck restaurant that also serves meals poolside; and free transportation to area attractions or the hotel's sister property, the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. But whether guests are looking for a city stay or destination resort, there's one can't-miss amenity: the pool. Heated to 82 degrees year round, guests can enjoy hourly "pop up" treats, such as ice-cream sundaes, push pops, and lemonade slushies. The hotel is pet-friendly, for a fee.