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
I was there Monday -Friday. The front desk team was not at all friendly or even nice not even on 1 of the 5 days I was there. The Valet and restaurant staff were amazing. I’m the food is also top notch.
Would of been a perfect score if not for the front desk.
- Good location with walking distance from a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops on Beverly Drive, ending at Rodeo Dr.
- Variety of drinks in the minibar; local beer, wine and other non-alcoholic ones. However, they don't refill the fridge unless you ask for. Room service orders charge you additional service fees.
- Toiletries (Avinece) were good in quality and quantity.
- Can't judge the service; once they were super responsive, and ditched me on the other.
- Noise from the street can be an issue for light sleepers. This is the other building, not sure how it is in the main one.
- Room services can be requested through a tablet in the room. However, old-fashioned way (via phone) is still available.
First the pros: Cool decor, hip Davines amenities, insanely comfortable bed, hip pool and nice workout room including Peloton and anything else you might need for a complete workout. Location is convenient to Beverly Drive, Rodeo, etc. Front desk texts asking if everything is ok, so super responsive. Restaurant Viviane has lovely, albeit pricey food and great poolside atmosphere. Staff and bell service were cordial and prompt.
Cons: this is a converted motel from the 50’s/60’s with all the doors to the rooms facing the pool and the noise goes on late into the night which made it impossible to sleep(I was in a junior suite on the 2nd floor) with people yelling well after midnight. I could also hear my upstairs neighbor plodding around at 5am so insulation is not adequate to muffle noise. You will not get a good night’s sleep here unfortunately, but the hip quotient is very high.