Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
As the name suggests, this hotel’s personality is one part laid-back Californian, one part British aristocrat. Nowhere is that clearer than at the 10th-floor rooftop pool, where plantings inspired by formal English gardens stand out against a backdrop of palm trees and sunny views of the Hollywood Hills. Downstairs, the London Bar channels both influences, too, with an orangeries-style latticework frieze inspired by English conservatories along with a living wall of exotic plants and a menu that ranges from classic (Moscow Mules, Pimm’s Cups) to creative (the Winston Churchill made with Bulldog gin and Laphroig scotch is a favorite). Fresh off an $11 million redesign by celebrated Irish architect David Collins this year, the 226 suites are appointed in tailored furnishings and have oversized Waterworks spa baths. A penthouse designed by fashion legend Vivienne Westwood occupies the top floor—at 11,000 square feet, it’s one of Los Angeles’ largest suites—along with several apartment-like one-bedroom suites, which are spacious enough for long stays. Pro tip: Give the restaurant staff a heads-up in advance if you’d like the secret off-menu beef Wellington with Yorkshire pudding.
By Kathryn Romeyn, AFAR Contributor
1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA