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Reviewed by: Christopher Luu
The one-time, old-school Hollywood Hotel Bel Air just got a serious makeover. While the iconic Bel Air pink is still in full swing (as is the building’s classic Spanish-Colonial architecture), it’s officially entered a new century.
Design guru Alexandra Champalimaud and the Rockwell Group are behind this two-year reno and they’ve stayed true to the hotel’s roots. The 103 renovated guest rooms and suites boast bold, French deco furnishings and rich Regency touches. Think tufted chairs, ceiling-to-floor drapes, and opulent throw pillows throughout. Then there are the lush canyon views, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, limestone and polished marble floors, and deep soaking tubs. Going big? The presidential suite (at a cool $13,000 per night) is more like a compound, private pool and all. Kick up at the 4,000 square-foot on-site spa complete with La Prairie prods and treatments like a four-handed massage, caviar intensive eye lift, and men’s anti-aging facials. Then find Euro-cum-Cali cuisine at Wolfgang Puck and some people-watching at the Terrace Bar. And because no trip to the Hotel Bel Air is complete without a day by the illustrious pool (it’s heated to 82 degrees year round), you can lounge with a few cocktails and call it a day. -Candace Abbott