What We Love
- Wolfgang Puck restaurant serves the epitome of farm-fresh California cuisine
- Norman Seeff’s huge black-and-white photos of such icons as Ray Charles and Tina Turner in the glam Lounge
- Car service whisks guests to shops, restaurants, museums within three miles of the hotel
What To Know
- The hotel is a popular venue for special events and weddings
- Heated oval pool is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
- Valet parking is $44 per night
- One trained dog is permitted at an additional cost of $35 (nonrefundable) per day; there's a weight limit of 35 pounds
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Closed for two years while undergoing a glam transformation, the pink Spanish Mission–style resort now embodies Hollywood’s 1930s and 1940s golden era with a mix of custom-made furnishings with high-tech gadgetry. Taking advantage of the eternally blue skies, all public spaces incorporate the outdoors: a retracting roof over the restaurant, lovely alfresco seating in the bar, and patios in the spa. The 12-acre grounds are scored with pathways and filled with hundreds of local and exotic trees, palms, ferns and flowers.
Bed and Bath
Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, the 103 guestrooms, including 12 new Canyon View Rooms — many with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, balconies or patios — are outfitted in luxe textures and materials such as Italian linen and silk. Floors throughout are clad in marble and decorated in a palette of soothing chocolate-browns and creamy latte hues. Bang & Olufsen TVs swivel (or pop up) from walls, and spacious bathrooms feature verbena-scented Anne Semonin products, separate tubs (with their own TV) and rain showers. Dinner reservations and room service can be arranged at the touch of an iPad.
Dining on seasonal dishes on the alfresco terrace at Wolfgang Puck is a must, as is ordering the Market Fresh Tasting Menu paired with top-notch wines. Love the Dover sole you tasted or the martini you sipped? The hotel offers interactive classes taught by Puck’s team. At the new 4,000-square-foot Spa by La Prairie, treatment rooms are done up with delicate hand-illustrated walls, private showers and patios, and the spa menu includes the best in Swiss rejuvenation treatments. A highlight of the renovation is the Lounge Bar, where giant black-and-white photos of music and film legends (Ray Charles, Cher, Tina Turner) hang on dark walls and leather sofas face a grand piano (there’s live entertainment every night) and a wood-burning fireplace.
How to Get There
I checked in Monday jan 28 I barley got any sleep due to a very loud cricket noise in the room. Around 3:30 am I called the front desk to let them know about the noise they sent maintainece to check out the problem. Unfortunately all they could offer me was ear plugs. Honestly it felt like I was sleeping in a jungle this hotel needs pest control or something. The noise stopped around 6am. Due to not being able to sleep my schedule for the whole day was canceled. Upon check out I spoke to Alec at the front desk and I played him the video I recorded of the noise in the room and explained to him how I wasn’t able to sleep and all he could tell me was to go head and book another room and that it will be a better room. Unconsiderete of the fact that I didn’t sleep at all. All this place care about is money they don’t care for your comfort. This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed at. I paid a lot of money to sleep with loud crickets . Oh and the way they approach white folks Vs African Americans is whole other topic I won’t get into. I wish there was an option to post video on here I would like to post the video of the noise.
After being so frustrated and fighting tears back talking to Alec he was able to offer me some of my money back that still wasn’t good enough.
A few - make that very few - properties offer something that goes beyond a simple 'hotel experience,' and the Hotel Bel-Air is one such. From the old gardens with waterfall and swans to the tasteful lobby fireplace sitting area to the hotel's relatively new 'up the hill' (my term) section, this is a fascinating property with rooms and locations as diverse as you might like, The staff uniformly operates above & beyond the call of mere duty, providing a level of service that some might say dates back to Gable & Lombard. Save pennies, dollars - and go here. It is, in the best sense,a one of a kind,.
We appreciated everything about this hotel- comfortable rooms, beautiful bedding, nice amenities, gorgeous grounds, great food, attentive service, interesting history, quality clientele and such privacy. We had a room in the modern section with a private plunge pool and outdoor fireplace. The plunge pool wasn't heating properly the first day and they bent over backward to get it running (even put in a new heater when we went for dinner to accommodate us without inconveniencing us) and then sent wine and fruit and chocolate to say sorry. They could not have handled the situation better. We also enjoyed having the courtesy car available to drive us shopping. All felt so luxurious.
It is my 5th time at this hotel, and for sure it is a must to revisit again.
The property, to the rooms and cleanliness and service and food is all thumbs up, and i would come back again for sure.
Very quiet and you do feel the privacy that you would need in a hotel.
Thank you to the Bel Air team,
The Hotel Bel Air has the most amazing staff, very courteous and professional. The accommodations are absolutely perfect. stunning in every way. You couldn’t make a better choice. One of our favorite hotels in the US.