We stayed at this property for thirteen years before the renovation and this was our first visit back to see the changes. I can sum up my thoughts in one word....FABULOUS!
We stayed at The Montage Beverly Hills during the closure of the Bel Air and while I love the location of The Montage, and it is a beautiful hotel, they are apples and oranges as properties go. The Hotel Bel Air is unlike any property in Los Angeles in that it feels more like a home than a hotel. The grounds are stunning, the lobby is charming and cozy and the new rooms are exquisite. There are several styles of rooms, Canyon, Loft, Bel Air Suites, and rooms by the pool. While there I was able to tour all but the Loft rooms. We stayed in a room by the pool and the reason I prefer those is simple. If you intend to use the pool, stay close to the pool in either the Loft rooms, the rooms by the spa or the rooms adjacent to the pool. If you stay in the Canyon rooms, you will walk past the lobby and the open air Wolfgang Puck restaurant in your pool cover up to get to the pool, and that is something I am not comfortable doing. The crowd that is usually at the restaurant is one that as a woman, I do not want to walk past in pool attire. That might just be me, but it is food for thought.
The Canyon Rooms are amazing with jacuzzi's and glass fireplaces on the terrace for those chilly LA nights, and earth tones as their palette. The views from the Canyon Rooms are something you will not get from a pool room or the rooms by the spa. So it is a trade off to be sure. You will have quite a walk to the pool and spa from the Canyon Rooms, but the rooms themselves are part of the new additions to the hotel and they are beautiful.
The rooms near the pool are done in a black and white palette with beautiful marble bathrooms. Some have fireplaces inside and jacuzzi's on the patio, but you will have to ask for those when making a reservation. They cannot guarantee your room, but I have always had my requests honored. Being near the pool is not noisy. The Bel Air pool has an atmosphere of serenity, you will not be disturbed in your room. The beds and bedding at the hotel are so wonderful that you will find it hard to get going in the morning.
The renovation of the restaurant, which is now a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, is perfection! The majority of the restaurant is open air but the inside renovation, with the gorgeous marble fireplace, is not to be missed. We enjoyed dinner inside to take advantage of this, but had lunch outside. The food was wonderful and the wait staff are attentive and charming.
If you have any special requests or if this is a special occasion, I recommend contacting Dawn, the Concierge that we have dealt with for years. She has never let us down and does an amazing job with suggestions for dining in LA and just about anything else you could possibly need. The entire Concierge staff is wonderful, but she has been my "go to Concierge" for as long as I have been staying at the Hotel Bel Air.
Do you need a car if staying at the Bel Air? Yes. It is not within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, etc. But the hotel is perfectly located between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica and is only a 15-20 min ride from the airport depending on traffic.
I highly recommend this hotel and am looking forward to returning soon myself.
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Welcome home! It is amazing hearing how much you love Hotel Bel-Air, I wish you could see the smile on my face. I am glad you were able to tour several different room types during your stay. Hotel Bel-Air is very unique in that we have 10 different room designs and the layout is different in every single room! We have 103 different options for our guests, which you won’t find at any other hotel.
I have passed along your kind words to Dawn, she was thrilled she was able to make your stay extra special. Thank you for recommending Hotel Bel-Air, we are happy to welcome you back home! See you soon.
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