CHECK IN: SLS HOTEL AT BEVERLY HILLS IS STILL SPARKLING

For the past five years, a unique & luxurious hotel on the border of Beverly Hills & West Hollywood has served as fantasy land for jetsetters and stylish LA residents. The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills was designed by Philippe Starck, the most coveted man in hotel design, who has been creating distinguished hotels with the worlds top hoteliers for decades. Starck team up with Sam Nazarian, the owner, who afforded him an excessive $100 million budget on the flagship SLS. Since its birth two other SLS hotels have hit the scene including SLS South Beach in Miami & most recently the SLS Las Vegas in the old Sahara hotel space.  The result of the partnership: beautiful and innovative. Innovation runs wild in the 297 room hotel, love it or hate it. Remember not everything is for everyone, but judging by the high rates & scarce availability, it has plenty of lovers.

Most guests will find a spacious guest room filled with furnishings & finishes & fixtures Starck’s invention. The beds are clad in crisp white linens accents with a faux mink throw. A simple & chic way to dress up any bedroom! If you’re vain you will revel in mirrors on almost every wall. A two way mirror cleverly conceals the Television, while another very large mirror sliding mirror acts as a bathroom door. Additional sliding mirror panel opens up the by the bathroom sink. The bathroom itself is spacious with an alcove & chrome tower of plush white towels. The shower is enclosed by glass and the inner walls are lined with smoked mirror. The sink is flanked on either side by illuminated shelves with plenty of room for personal belongings. One of my favorite touches, are the color & rich cut glass goblets & tumblers around the room, a fabulous touch of elegance. 

Altitude at the SLS, the hotel's rooftop venue, offers stately cabanas & a sea of lounge chairs along its two pools. One pool is nice for a dip, while the other curiously sallow pool seems to more for ornamentation (that is until you have attended an event here & realize it is the perfect pool for dancing). The pool offers great people watching & all day sun, which let’s be honest is the the most important ingredient for a fabulous hotel pool scene. Also do not expect a surplus of outsiders to be crashing the pool, The SLS keeps it exclusive just like the zip code would lead you to believe.

When head back to the ground level, you will find there is a minimal lobby with a slightly larger outside terrace near the hotel entrance. Between meal times, the Tres Restaurant can be a place you may relax, but its really a restaurant so you are going to feel obligated to order if you sit. The featured restaurant is The Bazaar, an enormous restaurant, bar, longue outdoor terrace and patisserie complete with the most extravagant gift shop you will ever see. Famed Spanish Chef, José Andrés features his take on classic & modern tapas, some with gastronomic twist. Most haves included the Patas Bravas & Foie Gras Cotton Candy. You can save yourself the money & pass on the liquid nitrogen cocktails, because someone nearby will pay for that show for you. 

The rates command a price tag of $349 plus tax but deals can be available throughout the year. I find it well worth the price, the experience & amenities are fabulous. The SLS at Beverly Hills is a Luxury Collection Hotel and is the only SLS in the Starwood Group, so at least you can collect those points. The SLS succeeds in bringing the upscale, 5 star worthy hotel experience to a new audience who seek fun, fantasy & modern design.

BTW The SLS hit the real estate market last May & is reportedly for sale for $210 million. It was purchased for $90 million.

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel
465 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 310.247.0400