The Mondrian Swanky, stylish and sexy describe this five-star staple of the West Hollywood luxury hotel scene. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz has gone all-out with his orange art deco renovation of the hotel’s 237 rooms, casting a modern and refined aesthetic. The legendary poolside Skybar offers fantastic views of downtown Los Angeles and has been drawing Los Angeles cool crowd for years, decked out in yellows and golds, glass surfaces and handmade Mexican furniture. For those who can’t get past the tight door policy (which tends to favour hotel guests and celebrities), the lobby bar, ADCB, serves tapas, sushi, and well crafted (yet expensive) cocktails. The rooms are comfortably large, offering Egyptian cotton, a variety of pillows, down comforters, and white on white color schemes. The award-winning restaurant, Asia de Cuba, serves up Asian fusion cuisine in an Alice in Wonderland-style setting, enjoyed along banquettes that offer breathtaking views of the twinkling cityscape. These same views, or almost the same, are available from virtually every room within this “hotel in the clouds”. Don't be surprised if you see a famous face or two in the crowd.
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills With US$100 million at his disposal, legendary designer Philippe Starck was unleashed to design this innovative, conceptually involved new 297-room hotel. The “Style, Luxury and Service” (SLS) Hotel in Beverly Hills offers sophisticated travelers a design-led experience without cutting out the comforts of a highly pampered stay. Expect Fili D'oro linens, an endless pillow menu, full-size body wash and shampoo bottles, 7 luxury fitness suites, 32 allergen-resistant rooms, fax machines, printers and laptops upon request, and concierge access to some of the hottest tickets in town. The large ground-floor communal space, the Bazaar, contains dining and nightlife spaces designed by acclaimed Spanish chef, Jose Andres, whose cutting-edge tapas has been turning heads throughout the city. You'll also find design shops by Murray Moss, as well as a wonderful patisserie with delicious and sophisticated chocolates. The rooftop dipping pool is a popular hangout for the hip 20-somethings who lounge about drinking cocktails, either in view or in the 6 tech-equipped personal cabanas. Expect an indulgent price tag for a seriously fun and hedpnistic hotel experience.
W Los Angeles The world-class W hotel chain has two luxurious hotels in the City of Angels. One is located at the foothills of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, in the glamorous Westwood, near UCLA and between famous Rodeo Drive and the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica. The other is in the epicenter of the entertainment capital, the legendary cross-street Hollywood and Vine, right by the classic Kodak Theater, home of the Oscars. All 258 rooms and suites of the W Westwood have been designed by guru Thom Filicia with vibrant colors, panoramic views of the Hills, and the feel of a retreat within the steamy, bustling city. Enjoy the outdoor heated pool, lounge in private cabanas, and order snacks from The Backyard restaurant. The sprawling Hollywood location, meanwhile, features 305 hotel rooms of all stripes and sizes, and 143 private residences for maximum indulgence during those long stays. Both feature signature W treats, such a Whatever/Whenever service button on your room phone that is guaranteed to open any door in the city’s most exclusive outings (museums, restaurants, personal shopping), and the trademark Bliss spa center for pampered treatment.
The London West Hollywood Stylish and oozing with understated modernist luxury, the London NYC is Irish interior designer David Collins' masterpiece. The London Hotel, located in the heart of trendy West Hollywood, features only luxurious suites and a restaurant by award-winning Gordon Ramsay. Collins has given soft, elegant touches to each of the guest suites, all with balconies or terraces and some with particularly spectacular views overlooking Los Angeles’ cityscape, and Waterworks custom-designed bath fixtures. Head up to the 10th floor rooftop pool and cool off while taking in the panoramic views, or order all-day dining from chef Ramsay’s haute-cuisine menu and have it delivered to your own private cabana. Besides the special pool menu, you can also enjoy a sophisticated meal at Gordon Ramsay at the London restaurant, or more casual, bistro-like fare at the Boxwood Café - also orchestrated by the British food guru. An elite, well-informed concierge service, run by the international membership-based team Quintessentially, promise to gain you reservations at the city’s hardest-to-access dining & nightlife spots. This is just what downtown LA has been waiting for.