What does this place have going for it? Just about everything, but it’s not for everyone. Firstly, this is not a family friendly hotel, at least in my mind. So leave the kids at home. It seems to cater towards the younger crowd, and some business travelers. It’s part of the SBE group, famous for the Katsuya restaurants, multiple LA clubs and the swanky sister Redbury hotel in Hollywood. Also, the hotel may reside within the Beverly Hills zip code, but it’s on the outskirts. It’s not within the Beverly Hills triangle where you will find Rodeo drive and all the famous shops. If you want that, stay at the Beverly Regent Hotel (Four Seasons property). The SLS is located on La Cienega, which is a rather unsightly busy street. But you are a short cab ride to amazing restaurants and trendy clubs. A common complaint here is it’s dimly lit, just about everywhere. But that’s part of the décor, by Philippe Starck. Sometimes it’s design over function. The driveway is typically filled with luxury cars which is always nice to see. The lobby is gorgeous, as is the "outside living room". The front desk staff exceeded expectations. They were very professional and friendly, which is rare for trendy hotels. We just did a 5 night stay in a signature suite. The hotel is now several years old, but very well maintained. It’s about 700 sq feet, and very well appointed. It’s dark, as previously mentioned. I totally dug the modern, minimalist décor. The living room has a leather couch, a leather chaise lounge, a flat panel tv flush within a mirrored wall. The bathroom has sliding walls on two sides, stone floors and large glass enclosed shower and a changing area. The bedroom has it’s own flat panel tv, a comfy bed and an iPod doc on the bedside table. The suite also comes with a large terrace. Since we were on the 2nd floor, there was absolutely no view, but the terrace had multiple potted plants which was nice. Our room was also very quiet, but I suspect not all the rooms are. It was very comfortable for the 5 night stay.The Altitude pool deck is a must. It’s gorgeous with Alice in Wonderland type décor, much like the Bazaar restaurant. The spa is worth a visit. The gym is very large and well stocked with equipment. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Jose Andres’ Bazaar, which I strongly recommend for the adventurous foodie with deep pockets and a small appetite. I love the steamed pork buns with oxtail. Check out Yelp for reviews. It’s still excellent and busy, even years after opening.
Don’t bring the kids. Start with a cocktail at Bazaar. Ask for a quiet room. Ask for an upgrade.
Best restos close by: Matsuhisa (excellent, expensive sushi, industry crowd, walking distance), Comme Ca (French style bistro, best burger in town), Izakaya by Katsuya (trendy locals spot), Cecconi’s (great Italian, gorgeous décor
It’s part of the Starwood Hotels group, via Luxury Collection. So Starwood members get perks. It’s also part of the American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program.
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