Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
What We Love
- Neil George amenities in the bathrooms
- Junior Suites with sleeper sofas and kitchenettes in the Canon building, ideal for extended stays
- Marilyn Monroe called the Avalon her home for three years in the 1950s
What To Know
- Views from the guestrooms vary from Olympic Boulevard to a residential area to the pool
- Guestrooms and suites are spread over three buildings, with the Canon Residence across an alley from the main Olympic building
- Rooms in the Beverly Tower and Canon Residence tend to be quieter than those in the main Olympic building
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills is the epitome of Beverly Hills’ sleek, sexy side. This Midcentury Modern boutique hotel is so tucked away on a tree-lined street that you just might miss it. And that’s half its charm. The other half can be found in its dramatic pool terrace, stellar service and scene-stealing Oliverio restaurant, where long teal benches and geometric wall designs spill out into the poolside seating area. Renowned decorator Kelly Wearstler designed the megaglam interiors, a sophisticated riot of marble and brass sculptures, curvaceous mod loungers and geometric wallpaper.
Bed and Bath
The 83 guestrooms and suites are located in three buildings: the main Olympic building, the Beverly Tower and the Canon Residence, which houses suites and is situated across an alley from the main buildings. Guestrooms and suites range from 300 to 850 square feet and have soothing Midcentury design schemes in white, baby blue and green. In the Canon Residence, the 450-square-foot Junior Suites, which have separate living areas and kitchenettes, are secluded hideaways perfect for extended stays.
The Avalon began its life as an upscale apartment complex (Marilyn Monroe once called it home), and the property continues to woo the boldface names of today. You’ll find a seamless mix of international travelers, sleek suits, film crews, fashion folk and hip locals commingling poolside. The Oliverio restaurant, which opens onto the hourglass pool deck, is quite the scene. Though you’re by the pool, chef Mirko Paderno’s creations require you to leave thoughts of your swimsuit body behind. The former Cecconi chef serves Italian cuisine with seasonal and regional emphasis; his roasted heirloom beets with burrata, and Angus beef burger with truffle cheese, are highlights of the diet-busting menu.
In the Area
After drinking your fill at Oliverio, enjoy vodka flights at Nic’s Vodbox in Beverly Hills or market-fresh mixology at Ray & Stark’s Bar at LACMA. For a late night treat, get in on the food truck phenomenon on Abbot Kinney, where the city’s top trucks line the streets. The morning after, step out of the couture comfort zone of Rodeo Drive and head east to Robertson Boulevard for trendy boutiques and a parade of paparazzi. Or better yet, slip into L.A.’s best-kept fashion secret, Church Boutique in West Hollywood, where the celebrity stylists shop. Decades, near La Brea, is your spot for couture cocktail dresses and capes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. For the artistically inclined, the nearby Getty Center’s setting, extensive exhibitions and free admission make it a can’t-miss.
How to Get There
We recently spent 2 nights at the Avalon Hotel and can't wait to go back. I was looking for a particularly unique place to stay during our LA visit, and very happy we found the Avalon Hotel. Aesthetically, the hotel is super-mod with a motel vibe and California cool attitude. We loved the decor. The pool/patio area is very groovy:: you must try and grab one of the nooks with the sofa and comfy arm chairs: great spot for morning coffee, afternoon drinks, or al fresco dinner.
A small glitch occurred after our first night in the hotel, and when I went downstairs to speak with the front desk manager about it, he could not have been nicer or more helpful (I wish I got his name: he works the overnight shift until 7:30 am). This very helpful gentleman upgraded our room for our second night to compensate for the glitch. He was also very helpful in recommending a terrific breakfast spot, Urth Cafe, just a short walk up Beverly Drive.
All in all, a wonderful stay and excellent staff - we will definitely be back.
Stayed here for 2 nights while in LA for business trip - was drawn to the design elements and was not disappointed. It has a cool and chic feel, with a pool in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by rooms, cabanas and dining tables. The room was ordinary, nothing special, the toiletries were branded and smelt fine. The gym was decently equipped and roomy given there were not that many users. There is not a whole lot within walking distance. Soundproofing was not the best - could hear clearly people talking next door/downstairs. The building I was in was not contiguous to the main building - it was separated by a narrow alley which was strange.
The best vibe and customer service ever. I will come back soon. The rooms are awesome and very stylish, food and wine superb in the restaurant and the valets were so nice. Exceeded my expectations and I will come back.