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Hotel Bel-Air

Hotel Bel-Air, Bel Air

At a Glance

    Pros

  • full of history (and stories)
  • revamped decor
  • country-club feel
  • lovely pool
  • spacious rooms

    Cons

  • attracts society crowd
  • hefty price tag
  • a car is essential

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Hotel Bel-Air Review

This Spanish Mission-style icon has been a discreet hillside retreat for celebrities and society types since 1946, and recently reopened its pink doors to unveil an updated look courtesy of star designers Alexandra Champalimaud and David Rockwell. The rooms and suites, many of which feature fireplaces and private patios, are decidedly more modern, while still paying homage to Old Hollywood glamour and French art deco style. Floor-to-ceiling windows, natural wood ceilings, and limestone floors help to bring the outdoors in; meanwhile, Bang & Olfusen TVs and iPads for ordering room service (and controlling everything else in the room) are the requisite gadgetry. Twelve canyon-facing rooms and a La Prairie spa were added as part of the extensive two-year renovation; the beloved oval-shaped pool and famous Swan Lake remain untouched. The hotel's Wolfgang Puck restaurant serves California cuisine with Mediterranean and French influences, and offers ample alfresco dining under bougainvillea-covered trellises. The bar retains its original club-like feel, with colorful artwork lending a youthful and fresh touch.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Like a Fashionable Phoenix
The challenge for designers Alexandra Champalimaud and David Rockwell, charged with renovating this beloved icon, was to retain its exclusive and historic aura, while adding a dimension of freshness. After all, this hillside oasis was a favorite hangout for golden-era luminaries like Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant. Hollywood is the land of sequels and comebacks, and the remake of this Spanish Mission-style favorite might, arguably, be even better than the original, with all its grace and glamour still intact. Sprawling, bright rooms feel chic and contemporary, while still paying homage to Old Hollywood and French Deco styles; the restaurant and bar are sleek, but incredibly inviting. Best of all, the hotel's iconic oval-shaped pool remains untouched. And the afternoon tea service, amid flowering shrubs and California oaks, is due to recommence soon too.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA 90077 | Map It
  • Phone: 310/472–1211; 800/648–4097
  • Website:
  • Location: Bel Air

    Hotel Details

  • 52 rooms, 39 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-19-2013

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    Bel Air

    Great hotel, excellent location. Great service, reasonable prices for what you get. Staff is very attentive. I would definitely stay there again. When in Los Angeles, a great place to stay. And, if you're lucky, you may even see some movie stars.

    by Jack_Mabry, 9/24/12

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