Beautiful and dramatic, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is a fantasy of design, set right in the heart of Los Angeles’ most decadent neighborhoods. Decorated by the inimitable Philippe Starck in a style that blends ornate wingback chairs with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and midcentury-inspired leather sofas, the hotel feels like a movie set that happens to welcome live-in guests. Creative dining from James Beard Award–winning chef José Andrés attracts L.A. scenesters and culinary aficionados from around the globe to dine on its Spanish-inspired molecular gastronomy—tortilla española shot, anyone? The 5,000-square-foot, all-white-and-chrome spa is the kind of place dreams are made of, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Mr. Starck conceived the design in a celestial dream. But the crowning glory may be up on the roof, at the Altitude Pool, a glamorous oasis lined with plush loungers, ornate cabanas, and fantastical decor, where L.A.’s rich and beautiful come to play. If this is the SLS world, it’s a good place to be.
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Straddling the border of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, the SLS Hotel is within throwing distance of many of the area’s coolest neighborhoods. With Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle in one direction and Melrose Avenue and West Third Street in two others, there’s plenty of shopping, dining, sightseeing, and entertainment within short enough distance that the house BMW could drop guests off anywhere they want to go. Explore Beverly Hills’ tree-lined streets, pop into Ten Over Six on Melrose Place, grab lunch at Joan's on Third, go celeb-spotting at the Grove, and peruse the art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Visitors looking for a show should head to the Sunset Strip—it’s just a straight shot up La Cienega and home to iconic venues like the Roxy and House of Blues.
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Rooms: 297 rooms, 52 suites. From $399. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Conceived by James Beard Award–winning chef José Andrés, the restaurants at the SLS are destinations in and of themselves. Bazaar by José Andrés, the main restaurant, offers a range of inventive and classic Spanish cuisine, served in a lively, piazza-inspired dining room designed by Philippe Starck. For a true fine dining experience, book a reservation at Saam, Andrés’ tasting-menu annex of Bazaar. Lined with bookshelves and fireplaces, the more intimate Trés serves Spanish-inspired comfort food three meals a day—not to mention the popular brunch and afternoon tea. On weekends, the rooftop pool deck—where casual, California-inspired dishes and cocktails can be ordered—becomes an outdoor lounge, with DJs spinning tunes all afternoon for a hip, attractive crowd. Spa and gym details: In addition to the rooftop pool, the SLS has a 2,500-square-foot gym with all the latest equipment, yoga mats, headphones, and a resident personal trainer. The dreamscape-inspired Ciel Spa offers a full range of pampering treatments, as well as herbal steam rooms, oversized experience showers, and custom, music-therapy massage beds. Robert Vetica Salon provides high-end beauty and salon services.
Who's it best for: Groups of friends, trendy couples, and scene-conscious travelers who appreciate a good party. Our favorite rooms: Philippe Starck furnishings and oversized showers are nice, but the Terrace Rooms offer a little something extra—a teak-furnished private patio overlooking the gardens. Good to know: Calling the front desk is so passé. Instead, order room service, book spa treatments, and get tips and reservations via the concierge by going to GoSLSHotel.com on a smartphone and logging into the hotel’s signature app.