What We Love
- Free WiFi
- Unexpected flavors, from beet juice cocktails to maple vinaigrettes, in the restaurant
- Quiet residential block, steps from shopping and restaurants in Beverly Hills’s Golden Triangle
What To Know
- The hotel opened in March 2013, so its identity and procedures are still in flux
- With no connecting rooms or roll-away beds, the property is best for adults; families, not so much
- Valet parking is $28 per night
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
While the neighboring façades are French-inspired, the Sirtaj offers a minimalist display of polished concrete. An Indian gentleman, the hotel’s namesake, seems to gaze down in greeting from a modernist painting in the lobby among intricate Indian tapestries. Behind the bar, a sari-like riot of tangerine and turquoise paisleys offsets the shiny browns of the walls, floors and furniture.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms are simple and modern, with chocolate-brown furniture and a deep grain in the floorboards, drawing the eye to a wall of solid brick-red. A glass wall separating the bedroom from the bathroom is painted like gauzy cotton in a sumptuous red, saffron and lime-green pattern. Inside you’ll find dual-head showers and White of London’s Noir products (blessedly low on scent, with just a hint of amber, mandarin and orchid). Luxe techie touches include high-def LED TVs, remote-controlled heating and cooling, free WiFi and Lavazza espresso machines.
Across from the front desk is the bar, which offers concoctions that sound as if they shouldn’t work but do — think spiked Thai curry, with coconut milk, chilies and rum. In the P.S. restaurant, the skilled Wes Lieberher turns out creative comfort food such as fried shallot petals, agnolotti pasta made with beet juice and filled with duck confit, and french fries tossed in bacon fat and served with maple vinaigrette. There’s no pool or fitness center, but guests get passes to the chichi Equinox sports club nearby.
How to Get There
Sirtaj is a nice hotel the rooms are recently renovated, and the location is nicely central in Beverly Hills. I also like that the $22/day resort fee included at least a free cup of coffee at the bar and an appetizer, that was nice. The "free wifi" included in the resort fee was nice, but obviously not "free" since you are paying $22/day for it. They also deliver 2 bottles of Evian water to your room at night, all these things are great touches.
My one major comment on this small boutique property is the rather informal management style. My waitress and bartender in the lobby at night used the small four-table lobby restaurant area as her personal space and eating area. When she wasn't taking care of customers, she sat out at one of the tables in her uniform, and ate her dinner. I found this a bit informal, especially since she was working a shift. She would stop eating to pickup a food order and bring it over to the bar or another customer and then sit back down, one table away from the customer, in the same dining room, and finish eating her own dinner.
The same thing happened during the daytime. Other staff (two or three at a time) would use the lobby tables as their staff lounge, talking loudly making jokes, and eating their meals. From a customer perspective, it feels awkward to relax in public spaces, when our waitstaff and other hotel employees are also using the same space as essentially their employee lounge area.
We can overhear conversations about their personal plans and even gossip. It feels overly familiar and a bit unprofessional. Management might want to consider providing a staff room for employees to congregate and enjoy their time together so their conversations about work, other hotel guests and their private lives can remain discrete and private from the guests that are here to enjoy quiet privacy and productive work environment.
The Sirtaj hotel is tiny Indian family owned hotel in a quiet streets at the bottom of Rodeo Drive! It's located on a suburban street, and walkable to Rodeo drive in a few minutes. The tiny lobby is filled with orchids and very stylish and you feel the welcome the minute you arrive. The staff know your name and you feel very special and very welcome. The Indian cuisine is excellent and there are western dishes as well. Parking is valet. I have stayed there twice now for two weeks on business so I had internet and was close to my meetings.....I recommend this hotel very highly if you need to be in Beverly Hills without the Beverly Hills prices.
The location of this hotel in Beverly Hills could not be better - one block from Rodeo Drive. The staff is very friendly. The size of the room with a king size bed was very roomy. The bathroom has a bidet with auto sensor so that when you enter the room the lid rises. So many great reasons to like this place. However, sadly there is one BIG negative - sound transference from the room next door and above. There is so little insulation in the walls that you can hear the conversations going on in the next room. Additionally, the floors are hardwood. It sounded like a herd of elephants were in the room above me. My sleep was disturbed twice by the occupants above. As much as I like this hotel, sadly I will not return as my sleep is more valuable to me than a nice looking, conveniently located hotel.
My overall experience was good. Here are the pros: pleasant/ friendly staff, clean/ comfortable room, very nice shower, comfortable bed, refreshing/delicious fresh mango juice on arrival, great location. Here are the cons: room and bathroom were on the small side, VERY VERY slow elevator, AC only went to 64 degrees so the room was too warm for me, expensive $38 valet parking.
The location was perfect, heart of Beverly Hills and minutes away from rodeo drive,
we were hesitant while booking not sure which area will be the best to see most of LA's attractions but Beverly Hills worked great for us as it is very central and commute is not too bad to get to other famous places like Hollywood, universal and Santa Monica.
regarding the hotel; it is super clean, nice and cozy and as mentioned has a perfect location, Kurram was beyond amazing, we experienced incredible customer service as he goes above and beyond to make sure we are comfortable and happy during our stay :)