I chose to stay at the Thompson Beverly Hills for 6 nights during my second trip to Los Angeles and was really pleased with the location - Beverly Hills is quieter than Hollywood and the Sunset Strip and feels safe - perfect for a relaxing stay.
The hotel is situated pretty much opposite Canon Drive which has a lot of restaurants. There are also a few more casual lunch places on Beverly Drive, very nearby, and then there's the infamous Rodeo Drive, just two streets away. On the main road, Wilshire Blvd, you have got a Macy's and the Beverly Wilshire hotel with Wolfgang Puck's restaurant.
As I was there alone I mainly ate at the hotel's restaurant, Caulfield's, which was never busy but good food and service in the evening. Breakfast, which I had included in the price of my stay, was very disappointing. When you arrive you are given a voucher each day for a 'complimentary breakfast' which turned out to be an orange juice, a coffee and a croissant. You can only substitute the croissant for something else when it suits them - on my first day the croissant delivery had not arrived so I was given the choice of an English muffin or a bagel. On the second day, when I asked for a bagel I was told I could not have one. On the third day, I was told I could only have a bagel or English muffin, but when the croissant delivery arrived after I had ordered the choice was taken away again. Don't know about you but for the sake of my health I can't eat a croissant every morning for six days, so by day four I gave up and went somewhere else. Even more infuriating is that when you do have your 'complimentary' breakfast you still pay service charge.
The other negatives on this hotel were not consistent negatives. All in all, I found the service was very good but there were two exceptions: 1) room service is very slow, although I was given my meal complimentary as way of apology after I rang to find out how much longer the delay would be. 2) the person who checked me out of the hotel was excessively rude when I questioned why I had a $25 minibar bill on one day (turns out they charged my whole week's water to one day) and even more unhelpful when I explained that I had paid my room charges upfront when I had booked. In fact, she consistently chose to take calls when I was in the middle of explaining myself. And I am not a rude/annoying person.
Overall, my stay was really positive. I loved the rooftop area with sunbeds, private cabanas (which you can rent) and an outdoor pool. The views up here are amazing and I was able to swim at sunset as well as all times of the day. The service is very good by the pool too and there is also a gym tucked under a staircase.
The room itself was very nice - the style is in keeping with the other Thompson hotels and on a par with W Hotels, I would say. There was a fridge mini bar, free magazines in the room hardwood floors, a power shower. Everything was very clean and seemed new and there were fresh towels every day.
I would totally recommend staying here. Apparently the rooftop gets a bit hectic in the summer but during this time of year I sometimes had it to myself. The door staff will order you taxis whenever you need one and the concierge will book day trips for you and recommend restaurants. There were also some friendly waiters in the restaurant, which is always good when you are by yourself.
My only other bugbear is that you have to pay for wireless in your room - $15 a day. It's free to connect in the lobby and on the rooftop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- California Cool meets East Coast sophistication at this erudite respite located in the glamorous Los Angeles enclave, minutes from Rodeo Drive boutiques and Hollywood power-playgrounds. The International Style-designed SIXTY Beverly Hills is a serene-but-scene-stealing outpost featuring luxurious comforts like bespoke furnishings, artfully designed bedroom suites and a gallery of Hollywood-evocative imagery. A cinematic Above SIXTY Beverly Hills rooftop bar and outdoor poolside lounge provide balmy zephyrs and panoramic views of L.A.'S fabled canyons while the tony-but-fuss-free Caulfield's Bar and Dining Room is the all-hours spot for casual New American cuisine comforts. SIXTY Beverly hills is part of SIXTY Hotels, the new, innovative brand of luxury inns in New York, Los Angeles, with Miami debuting soon-ish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills
- Beverly Hills Thompson Hotel