My fiancé surprised me with a weekend getaway right after Thanksgiving - almost like a place to unwind from the holiday madness. It's a small 35-bedroom hotel in the middle of Bev Hills, but you wouldn't know it at all.
On a corner in plainsight, it's flanked by trees covering the patio. Inside is a small bit of oasis. From the first encounter with Winston who checked us in, to the wonderful valet men, and the bartender who makes strong drinks ... the staff is excellent. You can't miss Winston, he's a nice guy with a Virginian accent. He upgraded us into Room 201 - the front room above the patio. Excellent room. Based on the size of it, it is definitely much bigger than the rest of the rooms. The decor was very nice - just our style with the whites and dark browns. The little mini chandeliers which acted as nightstand lights were a nice touch. The bathroom was awesome with it's white square sink sitting on top of the counter. Philosophy bath products were the staples in the room (I don't like Philosophy, but their choices were great!). The shower was too die for - it was made industrial-like, instead of using tile or marble, it was made out of dark grey concrete (or an excellent faux looking concrete). The shower was fairly large (both of us could fit easily) and it had a made bench in the shower. We vowed to have a bathroom redone like this in our house.
The bed was very comfortable. The leather couch in the sitting area was actually quite nice. The flat screen TV was installed on the wall. It was a larger size than most of the pictures shown on this site. The desk and chair were actually nice decor, as well. However, we did not like the ceiling fan (it looked old and was rickety), the AC was working mediocre (thank goodness the windows opened and fresh air was available), and the front door was not soundproof (there was a slight gap from the bottom of the door to the floor).
The outside patio, bar area, lobby (with beautiful Christmas tree) was really nice. The outside patio had a dual fireplace which was also shared with a living room type of area. The bar did not have that many speciality drinks to order from, but what I got was very good (something that had vodka and blood orange), but my fiancé had a strong drink that was told it would taste similar to a root beer float, but it tasted like extra strong vanilla soda. The bartender was really nice though - and he was not stingy about his liquor. He also recommended an appetizer (ahi tuna ceviche) which was heaven in our mouths!
On a Saturday night, we had the outside patio to ourselves. We sat at the corner next to a heat lap. We had a lovely view of the area outside the hotel (across the street is Platinum Equity with a gorgeous landscape) and the dual fireplace. It was nice and quiet.
Unfortunately, we did not partake in the free breakfast because we got down to the lobby too late.
All in all, we would definitely return to The Crescent again. And we would not hesitate to recommend anyone to go here. Ask for Room 201 and make sure you find Winston. He's awesome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Beverly Hills hotel, a true boutique with just 32 rooms, is in the heart of Beverly Hills just 3 blocks from Rodeo Drive. The front palm lined terrace (breakfast, nibbles, tapas and dinner) faces Crescent Ave - a wide palm lined boulevard. Established in 1927 and newly renovated in 2013, the décor is casually Hollywood, like a comfy collection of styles from the studios' storehouse of set designs stretching from 1920 to 2013. The feeling is “at-studio-at-home” with a film designer’s whimsy. The terrace and lounge flow to create the hotel’s social hub, offering casual dining and a relaxing bar/lounge, punctuated by Beverly Hills chatter. Directly opposite the hotel are the historic offices of MCA Studios. Our hotel became MCA’s local choice, where a cadre of players would stay when in town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills
- Crescent Beverly Hills