We have stayed at the Bel-Air quite a few times over many years and were happy to see it re-open after more than two years of renovations. The best news is that the gardens are as beautiful as ever and the new decor is very tasteful and to a very high standard (as one would expect given the room rates). The food, now overseen by Wolfgang Puck,is also to a high standard.Unfortunately much of the old staff has been replaced and the new staff is still getting up to speed. Note that when we were there fewer than one-half of the rooms were completed and the hotel had been opened less than three weeks prior to our visit. Every aspect of our room (a.c., lighting, messaging etc.) was controlled by touch screen and I Pad, and we experienced significant problems in adjusting the room temperature,adjusting the lighting, deleting messages etc. , all apparently due to programming errors (although we are not 30-something techno-philes). These bugs need to be ironed out but I long for the old on-off switches and a "paper" list of services. Also, charging for wi-fi in the room is questionable given the room rates. Lastly, what passes as a "Business Center" is not exactly that. Nevertheless, we shall return on our next visit to LA since the setting is so beautiful and serene (except perhaps for the excessive number of LA types (non-hotel guests) who come for a drink or to be seen at breakfast or lunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on 12 acres in the Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, the iconic Hotel Bel-Air is one of the most beautiful, romantic, and exclusive hotels in the world. This Spanish mission-style urban oasis wins a never-ending stream of praise for its faultless service, luxurious accommodations, and magical ambiance. All rooms and suites feature a new generation of design aesthetic and is reflected through different design themes from the glamorous decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s conveyed in a fresh, youthful and elegant manner. The famous restaurant, bar, catering and in-room dining services are managed by world-renowned Master Chef Wolfgang Puck with a menu featuring modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences in a spectacular garden setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bel Air