SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Looking Guests
- Hollywood razzle-dazzle from the valet court to the rooftop pool deck
- Philippe Starck design that pairs modern opulence with tongue-in-cheek chic
- The Bazaar restaurant by chef José Andrés continues to set the West Coast standard for small plates
What To Know
- On busy La Cienega Boulevard, centrally located for sights, shopping, restaurants and nightlife
- Taxi fare is about $50 from Los Angeles International Airport. The ride takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic
- Valet parking: $38 overnight. Internet access is $14.95 a day
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Philippe Starck’s sleek design includes eye-catching details at every turn. Translucent glass stag heads top shelves in the lobby lounge, a solid black plastic steed wears a lampshade on its head by the reception desk, and playful glossy fashion photography graces the elevators and landings.
Bed & Bath
Flash and dazzle continue in the guestrooms. Among the custom-designed Starck furniture are platform beds that seem to float in the center of the room, a desk behind them and a tufted banquette against the window. One thing you don’t immediately see: the TV, which hides behind a frosted glass wall and shows up only when you turn it on. In the bathrooms, moody gray marble is a sophisticated backdrop for the tub and rain shower. Bath products in the rooms are by the hotel’s Ciel spa. One delightfully non-minimalist touch: colorful stained glass stemware for your in-room bottle of Evian.
The hotel’s flagship restaurant, the Bazaar, continues to set the standard five years after it opened, with celeb chef José Andrés’s traditional tapas and out-there small plates of molecular gastronomy (from the “not your everyday caprese” salad of balls of cherry tomatoes and mozzarella that burst in your mouth, to tiny Philly cheese steaks on “air bread”). Make it extra special with the 20-plus-course tasting menu in the SAAM private dining room.
The Bazaar’s bar is a party scene par excellence, with libations steaming with dry ice or topped with cotton candy, and there are also elegant desserts, from wafer-thin chocolates to sour cherry marshmallows. The adjacent Regalo boutique is unlike any hotel gift shop we’ve ever seen: items that define eclectic, from fashionable lighters to day-glo teddy bears and an amazing selection of art books.
The Ciel spa, resplendent in white-on-white, offers a full complement of beauty, body and massage treatments, and from the rooftop pool deck you can look through giant picture frames at the views of the skyscrapers of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and the Hollywood Hills beyond.
In the Area
Many of L.A.’s cultural, culinary and fashion highlights are within a couple of miles and are reachable by the hotel’s shuttle. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest museum in the western U.S., and the Annenberg Space for Photography presents consistently stunning shows. Top tables include Comme Ça, Fig & Olive and Nobu. Fashion rules on Rodeo Drive, or find design inspiration at Pacific Design Center. And West Hollywood’s nightlife shimmers on the Sunset Strip and the gay district around Santa Monica Boulevard, where the SLS’s parent, SBE, owns the Abbey, L.A.’s legendary gay bar, which welcomes all comers.
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I have never been to this hotel but it will not be the last time I visit it. The lobby is modern and the reception is welcoming . Our room was very comfortable and the bed was soft and comfy. I am a pillow person and the pillows were the perfect combination of firm and soft! I slept like a baby. This hotel is perfectly located on the heart of LA.
The hotel was everything expected from a top tier hotel. It had style and service was top notch. Every one was on it. When we asked for something it was delivered with a genuine smile. They had a pool table on our floor and we decided to close the night out by playing a couple of rounds before going to our room. The environment was just nice. The room had a bountiful stock of liquor. Top notch names.
My wife and I have been lucky enough to experience quite a few 5 star hotels, but this one is the best one we've stayed at in the United States. The service level is extremely high in all departments, the bedding is fantastic, the rooftop pool was inviting (except for the weather), the food delicious, and we enjoyed the free billiards available on each floor. I recommend it highly.
Nope. My company held an event at the SLS, so it wasn't my choice to stay there. But it will be my choice not to do so again. The hotel is ridiculously dark. There is insufficient signage throughout so that when I checked in, I went down every corridor looking for my room. And that same evening, I twice ran into other guests wandering around the hallways with their luggage helplessly trying to orient themselves. The room had a strange odor. They told me repeatedly when I checked in that I had a package waiting for me, but they neither produced the parcel nor delivered it to my room. I had to come down looking for it the next day and then waited half an hour while they tried to find it at the loading dock. The water pressure in the shower was so weak I might have been better off rinsing in the rain. I asked the front desk to send someone up to look at it, they asked when they could access my room. I told them I was headed out for dinner so now would be a good time. They said they'd send someone but when I got back to my room later, there was a note saying that I wasn't in my room so they weren't able to do anything. Just...wow.
This hotel is remodeled with a little “Alice in Wonderland” theme for adults. The sliding mirrored door to the bathroom is a great idea. It expands an already large room and makes it convenient to use the sink and towels from the bedroom. The service was stellar and the rooftop pool is a nice outside space. I was in room 608 which is the pool level. I’d recommend that floor because there aren’t balconies with the rooms. Housekeeping and amenities are wonderful. My only “complaint” is the breakfast coffee in the lobby is just ok. Everything else was perfect and over the top. They have a house car that will take you within a three mile radius but once you check in you may want to just kick back and stay in. The shower is large enough for two and the Bazaar restaurant is the best one that I’ve eaten at in years.