From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
One look at the platoon of valets in black berets, the barely lit lobby, and the bouncer stationed at the cocktail lounge and you'd be forgiven for thinking that the $40 million renovation did little more than turn this 17-year-old former faux-château into yet another slick and soulless hostelry. But once you leave the ground floor, the hotel's entire character changes. The 295 rooms are flooded with light, and the decor—buttery yellow walls, blond wood accents, ivory lacquered chests—is a grown-up take on California style. The service is just as polished. The decor at the restaurant, Simon LA, may border on over-the-top—tented cabanas and chartreuse leather banquettes—but the food doesn’t disappoint. All the more proof that though the hotel's address may officially be Beverly Hills, it's all Hollywood.2007 Hot List
When to go: Anytime but awards seasonlate January through mid-Marchwhen prices spike and traffic is intolerable.
Which room to book: Deluxe rooms facing the Hollywood Hills are bigger and quieter.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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