Slaves to the Ordinary. From Cecil Beaton: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Take a look at our Client Compliments and you won’t find an ordinary soul on the list. We’ve been introduced to a few stars who really tried to make us like their box office draw, but I have to say working with our brilliant roster of clients suits us just fine! Similar to a sojourn at the Hotel Bel-Air, which is an exceptional experience and far from ordinary.
Consider a dash away to the extraordinary, far from typical, Hotel Bel-Air. A quick bay area/LAX flight, the perfect mini escape, disappear and catch your breath for a few days, paparazzi free zone!
The West Coast sisters in the Dorchester Collection of lovely hotels reside in a small pocket of Beverly Hills – like interesting sisters, they each exude unique personalities. I’ve stayed at both The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air and love each for innumerable reasons.
Hotel Bel-Air, despite the close proximity to downtown Beverly Hills shopping and culture, is surrounded by twelve acres of lush gardens and tucked into a pocket-sized canyon. Amid towering palm and silver leafed eucalyptus trees, the Spanish Colonial design is subtle and elegant. A hidden sanctuary amongst the wooded hills, untouched by the clamor of life beyond the gates of Bel-Air. The most quintessentially private and exclusive hotel, delivering low-key elegance since 1946. Suites with garden patios, private plunge pools are enchanting. Move up to the canyon rooms and relish the sweeping views of the canyon from your secluded plunge pool and deck. A bit of spring mist kept the fireplace in my suite crackling most of the day, a cozy enclave where I cocooned and worked in between meals with my clients.
An extended list of swells have been long term hotel residents, among them Howard Hughes at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Coco Chanel at The Ritz in Paris, Playwright Tennessee Williams lived in Manhattan’s Hotel Elysée for 15 years. One story circulates that guests would complain to the front desk about the constant tap tap tapping of a typewriter. According to Wikipedia: “They knew right away who the culprit was, but they couldn’t very well ask Mr. Williams to stop playwriting, so we simply moved the guest to another room.”
After a few days dining, languishing and working at Hotel Bel-Air, I can easily imagine moving into a hotel. A simple elegant lifestyle might be envisioned by my days here…amble down the hill to Wolfgang Puck restaurant; dine and catch up with friends, idly observe the fascinating locals, picking up on idiosyncrasies and imagine their story. One evening I used the hotel car to make my way to The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel for dinner wth friends and clients. Leisurely life here in the hills, both properties diminish travel stress. Plan your meetings or entertainment between both hotels and I guarantee you will wonder why didn’t I do this before! Need a staycation, ultimate luxury, rooms comfy and cozy, don’t even venture farther than the spa!
Mosey to the gym followed by a massage, return to your perfectly made up room…what’s not to like, Eloise?
Wolfgang Puck restaurant resides in a Spanish inspired courtyard, hide away in a corner booth while enjoying the delicious contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. The celebrated hotel bar feels like a glamorous private club, afternoon tea or chic cocktails by the roaring fire is where you will find me entertaining my clients and friends. One of my dearest local clients came for dinner, we curled up in our half moon shaped banquette and traded ‘table confidential’ stories for over three hours – we just didn’t want the evening of giggles and delectable dining to end! Gracious waiters never even hinted we should depart after three hours!
La Prairie Spa and fitness center. Lounge at the oval shaped heated pool surrounded by drooping palms and flowering blossoms.
Combined with the typical casual Southern California sensibilities, the luxe eras of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s are a mainstay of this classic property.
When was the last time you escaped for weekend therapy in a chic five star property? The Dorchester properties spoil our guests!
Cheers to living a life a lot less ordinary, never settle! Let us know when you need pampering and an escape from the frenzy of life! Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel two scrumptious properties, Five Star Luxury!