When the Hotel Bel-Air closed two years ago for a major renovation, there was a moment of silence among many an Angeleno. Not only one of the finest hotels in Los Angeles, this 12-acre property also enjoys a legion of fans who frequent the lush gardens, spa and restaurants on a regular basis. Luckily those two years flew by and the Bel-Air is back and open for business…and perhaps better than ever.
Recommended Resort: Hotel Bel-Air. All the rooms and suites feature a completely new aesthetic that reflects the golden eras of the hotels illustrious past, from the glamorous ’30s to the nifty ’50s. The result is California design at its best…airy, fresh, classic and elegant.
Despite the large grounds, there are only 58 guest rooms and 45 suites, and seven one-of-a-kind specialty suites. Many feature wood-burning fireplaces, elaborate bathrooms, private gardens and more amazing amenities.
Check In: 701 Stone Canyon Road in Los Angeles. 800-648-4097, hotelbelair.com
Check Out: Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air. Meticulously re-designed by the acclaimed architect and design firm Rockwell Group, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air features modern California with European and Mediterranean influences. All of the menus reflect the healthy California lifestyle and showcase the best of California’s wonderful, fresh ingredients such as produce from Chino Farms and local farmers’ markets, all natural poultry and sustainable seafood.
For a more relaxed environment the beautiful terrace has the feel of a Spanish courtyard where guests can lounge in comfy booths, at the bar or in the ultra private terrace alcoves overlooking Swan Lake. Each terrace alcove features curtains between them as well as an incredible seeded glass pendant light, a popular material used during the 1700s for lanterns and other types of glassware. Heated floors and a retractable screen covers the entire terrace for year round enjoyment.
Don’t Miss: Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. The luxury Swiss beauty company revered for its collection of powerful, anti-aging products, welcomes you to the namesake spa at Hotel Bel-Air. Experience a world of privilege and pleasure with the finest face and body treatments that state-of-the-art science can provide. From the moment you walk into Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie, your every need will be tended to, allowing you to truly unwind, unplug and enjoy your time of indulgence.
La Prairie’s comprehensive menu of services includes customized de-aging facials for men and women, unique body treatments, pampering nail services and European, Asian and therapeutic massages. All are executed by a highly professional and proficient staff, there to help you de-stress and rejuvenate. Spend an hour—or an afternoon—and allow your mind, body and psyche to enjoy well-deserved luxurious downtime.
With seven treatment rooms, including a spacious suite with outdoor space to accommodate groups of two and more, and a private nail salon, Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie addresses every relaxation and beauty need, from travel therapy treatments to a four-handed massage, gentleman’s facial to a perfect manicure.
Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air.
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