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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Absolutely stunning grounds with lush green secluded in Beverly Hills. Service was up to standards of the price tag, luxury experience. We brought our dog too and he felt welcome and enjoyed himself, thanks for the dog treats and plush dog bed, we will be back in the future.
The Hotel Bel Air provides an experience for each of your senses I can only describe as suddenly discovering the finest of something—a DaVinci, a new succulent fruit, a lost work of Brahms, the finest silk. There are layers to each space and experience, so that I simply had to review and reflect on each moment to ensure I captured each facet. The serpentine road up to the entrance is surrounded by such a variety of lush trees and unique fauna, you want to drive slowly to take it in. The lobby offers one scent from glowing candles, and then as I’m taken to my room, each passageway provides another delicate aroma from the abundant flowers.
My room provided every modern convenience – from the Bang & Olufsen television to the master controls for every mechanical function on the phone. The marble bathroom’s gently heated floor was immense and of course offered another tv for the oversized tub. Thick sheets, fresh flora, decadent towels—everything was perfection.
And, you must get a bite in the bar to observe Alan shaking out a fabulous cadence with a touch of swing to make his handcrafted cocktails. He seemed to know every guest by name. In fact, every person I met seemed intent on making sure I felt more than welcome---like going to your own version of Oz.
There is nothing you feel like you couldn’t request—and with 24 hours for room service and fitness center, an expansive spa and grotto-like pool, I wasn’t sure I would ever want to leave. I had the occasion to take a short trip in the Hotel’s car service and was again amazed with the kindness and helpfulness of the driver.
Hotel Bel Air is uniquely superlative, not just in LA, but in the United States, in my opinion. Having traveled the country and the world for work and pleasure, I have never experienced anything quite so perfect. Come here to treat yourself, celebrate your love, or just to treasure life.
Just amazing in every way...
Absolutely gorgeous property for a romantic getaway with the most beautiful garden that will take you breath away. A quiet and peaceful atmosphere, fantastic staff and outstanding service. Had a wonderful stay from start to finish and will definitely come back again !
While this hotel is located in a swish residential area, it’s not hard to find with sat nav and of an evening there’s no real reason to leave. Theres a restaurant, nice bar and of course the plunge pool. You need a car to get about during the day though. And it’s valet only which is expensive.
Overall a lovely stay and feels pretty exclusive and luxurious.
Wife and I stayed three-nights at Hotel Bel-Air, making a long and leisurely weekend of a visit to Los Angeles. There are countless hotels in the LA area, many with distinguished reputations and providing excellent service, but Hotel Bel-Air exhibits these same qualities while also feeling more like an exclusive resort or private residence, which is unique. The grounds are impeccable, lush, walkable and the whole property itself seems like the destination more so than just a nice and luxurious home base while in the area. Service well lived up to its top-notch reputation, and we were very impressed with both the restaurant and bar offerings. High quality dining and service experience across the board. The one morning we chose room service, food arrived 15 minutes early and was setup on our private patio. Seriously, how often does room service show up early?!?! Pretty amazing!
A few constructive tips. All parking at Hotel Bel-Air is valet, which was quite expensive. I want to say it was $50/day or thereabouts. We knew this going in, so wasn't much of an issue for us since we had that expectation. Retrieval of your vehicle was fast and easy, and the valet staff were polite and very welcoming. Like I said, just something to know before you arrive. We booked through the American Express FHR program. We received complimentary breakfast for two each morning up to $75/room. Breakfast was a highlight at Hotel Bel-Air, but it's honestly kind of difficult to spend under this amount for two people by the time you add coffee, orange juice and maybe a side of protein to your breakfast selection. Our average daily breakfast bill was $100, and I don't feel like we over-ordered. We also received a $100 spa credit during our stay, which we used and would recommend. Unfortunately, we didn't receive a room upgrade. While not a guaranteed benefit, we thought one should have been extended. To the credit of Hotel Bel-Air, this matter was discussed and satisfactorily resolved with the hotel manager, who I can't say enough good things about.
This resort is very focused on guest experience and establishing themselves as one of the best hotels in the entire country, which I believe they are executing on. No hotel or property or anything in life is perfect, but Hotel Bel-Air genuinely strives to achieve that goal. We will be coming back to experience this exquisite property again.