Concierge.com's insider take:
A small fortune was spent trying to give Beverly Hills' newest luxury hotel a stately, Old Hollywood luster—but the terra-cotta roof and Mediterranean facade give it more of a McMansion-y feel than a glamorous Spanish Colonial look. The interiors, however, with their rich fruitwood floors and copper ceilings, are at once intimate and elegant. The 201 guest rooms are spacious and understated, and while the traditional dark woods and gold-and-white palette are meant to evoke bygone days, the proprietors haven't forgotten about high-tech musts like LCD screens in the marble bathrooms. Here, at Beverly Hills' first new luxury playground in nearly two decades, it's the little things that count: VIPs get their initials monogrammed into their pillowcases; cabana boys come around to clean your sunglasses at the pool; and there's a chauffeured Maybach at your disposal for dashing over to Neiman's. There's also a trio of top-notch dining options, including the tasting-menu dining room Muse. All food is overseen by John Cuevas, who comes from swanky sister property the Montage in Laguna Beach. And what would a 90210 hotel be without a hopping rooftop pool, cabana scene, and the 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage? This is the hotel for Peninsula and Regent Beverly Wilshire faithfuls looking for a something new, with the added benefit of a sprawling spa. It's all very "Mister" this and "Sir" that, which can feel a tad stuffy, but if it's an old-school kind of place you're after, perfect for traditional afternoon tea, you've come to the right spot.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The picture of discretion, this 201-room hotel has only one small sign and the new-build Spanish Revival architecture blends seamlessly with its neighbors. Inside, white-glove service trumps white-hot buzz. Valets wear top hats, Mediterranean-style murals and mosaics adorn the public areas, and a harpist headlines daily at the capacious tea salon. Of the three restaurants, Parq is fancy, Muse is very fancy, and the Conservatory Grill, on the rooftop, makes for a pretty breakfast spot. Guest rooms have all the requisite amenities if little personality, but don't stay cooped up: Aside from the massive spa, there's a plush pool deck and a well-equipped gym, complete with trainers and a yoga studio. Fancy a spin around town? Borrow the hotel Maybach (and driver), then end the day with cocktails in the swell Parq Bar. 2009 Hot List
When to go: Early January or late May, when the Rodeo Drive designer shops launch their sales.
Which room to book:
Deluxe Suites come with fireplaces and balconies, but if you'd rather not pony up $1,600 per night, get a Superior or Deluxe room overlooking the gardens.
[EDITORS' NOTE: Parq restaurant and bar closed in fall 2010 and is now Scarpetta Beverly Hills.]Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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