Built in 1926 as a dorm for silent film actors, the Crescent is now a sleek boutique hotel with a great location—within the Beverly Hills shopping triangle—and with an even better price. Low couches and tables, an indoor-outdoor fireplace, and shimmering candlelight at night give the hotel's public areas a welcoming and sophisticated look. Guest rooms are small, with custom headboards painted with large whimsical animals like hummingbirds and butterflies, as well as
hanging blown-glass lights, sound machines, and splashy color schemes. Bathrooms are finished in concrete—utilitarian but also coolly cozy, and most have showers. High-tech amenities include flat-screen TVs, in-room iPods, and a library of the latest CDs and DVDs. Budget travelers: Two itty-bitty rooms are available for $99 if you call the hotel directly.
Feb 26, 2006
All the other positive comments mention about the party atmosphere of the bar. Fine. Go to the Crescent for the evening for a martini, but don't make the mistake of staying there. If you want a non-smoking room, for example, the group of people smoking in the lobby cause the vents to push cough-inducing air into *your* room. There's no barrier between the hotel rooms and the bar, so people wander up and down (loudly) looking for the bathroom. Then,
the crew sets up for the morning shift (at 2 a.m., even on a work night) dragging chairs and tables past your room. This place is an overpriced party hostel, not a good hotel. And by the way--the people who come to the bar look like Joe Schmoe average schlumpy American--and stare to see if anyone famous has ever come in. (They did every time I came in and out, and frankly, it got a little annoying.) Here's the kicker: No one famous ever does come in. Stay in a nice, quiet, reasonably priced hotel, and get your bar kicks out at a bar.
Feb 10, 2005
WOW. This hip and modern hotel is most definitely the best value for your money if you want to stay in the heart of Beverly Hills. Not only was their restaurant eclectic and delicious, but the bar scene was bumpin and filled with beautiful people hanging out drinking, eating, and listening to an awesome DJ. (Their cocktails are unbelievable& I recommend the Sex Kitten and Mount thy Mango Martini.) I could not believe the price was so reasonable for
such a chic and social boutique property! The room blew me away as well. Maintaining the same minimalist décor as the lounge, my room was extremely modern and the sleek bathroom was to die for. I loved the flat screen television as well as the Apple mini iPod loaded with playlists! I am from LA, but I stayed in the hotel with friends that were visiting the city for the weekend. The crescent is where I will be sending everyone else that comes to visit me.
Aug 19, 2002
thin sheets, not for business travelers