Beverly Hills Hotels
9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills
Originally called the Beverly Carlton when it opened its doors back in 1949, the Avalon was recently remodeled by LA designer Kelly Wearstler to become the ultimate staycation spot in Beverly Hills. (Visitors should consider staying here, too, but it’s the locals who are especially psyched for somewhere fun to escape for a night or two.) The mid-century modern décor takes you back to a time when Marilyn Monroe called this boutique hotel her home. The pool and cabanas are a great place to relax with a mimosa in hand—even the guest rooms feel light and airy. Because of the emphasis on outdoor space, it may be best to plan your stay during the warmer spring or summer season.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
From the branded Mini Coopers to the impeccably attentive service, the Peninsula's Beverly Hills outpost is every bit as grand and luxurious as you'd expect. You'll find marble bathrooms; soft, cozy beds; and patios in each room. Only a few blocks from Rodeo Drive and easy walking distance from Century City, it's within striking distance of all the major agencies and many of the big studios, making it an easy pick for a business hotel. If you're in town for leisure, plan to spend some time dining poolside on the rooftop (which, since this is LA, is open year-round).
Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
Plush Spanish colonial décor blends well with high-tech features (electronically controlled lights and drapes, huge LCD televisions, and iPod docking stations) to make this a slick but overwhelmingly comfortable stay. The elegant Scarpetta restaurant, an offshoot of Scott Conant's Italian of the same name in New York, is a really special place to dine after a day of treatments in the two-story spa. For this much luxury, expect a luxury room rate.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
We're always happy to check into the Beverly Hills Hotel. After all, it's also home to the Fountain Coffee Room and The Polo Lounge. At the latter, iconic forest green walls, latticed mirrors, and squishy banquettes are just the beginning of the appeal: It's drawn a great crowd for decades, and the food stands up as well. Meanwhile, digging into a milkshake and grilled cheese at the counter at the Fountain Coffee Room is one of L.A.'s most comforting thrills.
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Beverly Hills
With a guest list that has included Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Prince Charles, and Richard Nixon (he wrote his memoirs here), it's not that surprising that after a comprehensive remodel in 2011, people were upset that Hotel Bel-Air wasn't exactly the same. But we still love it: We just don't go there expecting to see the original. The lobby, in particular, is so chic, and the Wolfgang Puck restaurant is a great pick for an event.
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