The West Coast sisters in the Dorchester Collection of lovely hotels reside in a small pocket of Beverly Hills – like sisters, they each exude unique personalities. I happened to visit both last month. Equally enjoy them 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. Suites with garden patios, private plunge pools are enchanting. Move up to the hillside rooms and relish the sweeping views of the canyon from your secluded plunge pool and deck.
My rainy day stay was heavenly, cocooned in the scrumptious Swan Lake Suite with a toasty fireplace; the sun popped out mid afternoon allowing me to enjoy my patio and little pool. Southern California winter weather usually delivers much sunshine.
Wolfgang Puck restaurant resides in a Spanish inspired courtyard, hide away in a corner booth overlooking Swan Lake 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.
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.
Consider a dash away to the Hotel Bel- Air; quick flights, excellent theatre nearby or disappear and catch your breath for a few days!