Arrival/Check-In: I love a hotel entrance with a circular drive. It makes a routine arrival seem more like an event, and my arrival at Montage Beverly Hills was no exception. As my cab pulled to a stop at the entrance, the valet opened the door while a bellman retrieved my bag. I was inside the bright and stylish lobby within minutes and on the way to my room shortly thereafter.
Guest Quarters: My 625-square-foot junior suite with a small balcony overlooking Beverly Canon Gardens was bright and airy, done in tones of rose beige and cream. Folding French-style doors with sheer curtain panels separated the bedroom and sitting area. Bedside tables flanked the king-sized bed; a simple settee bench was at the end of the bed. There were two large flat-screen televisions, one in the bedroom and one in the sitting area. The sitting area featured an L-shaped sleeper sofa that pulled out to a queen-sized bed. The work/entertainment area on the opposite side of the room featured an expansive desk equipped with myriad electric outlets and wired for optimum connectivity. Control panels for lighting, temperature and the draperies were located in both the sitting area and the bedroom. The marble bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and dual vanity was stocked with plenty of bath amenities.
Services/Amenities: Service throughout my stay was top-notch. I especially enjoyed making use of the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benz courtesy cars for transport to meetings and events while I was in Los Angeles. While I didn’t have an opportunity to indulge in a service at the hotel’s 20,000-square-foot spa or take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, I did stop by the on-site Kim Vō salon for a pick-me-up hair-and-make-up session where I learned that some of the salon’s regular clients are business travelers who time their trips to coincide with their salon appointments. Some of my colleagues and I also enjoyed a delightful alfresco luncheon at Conservatory Grille.
The Experience: Although it’s smack-dab in the middle of the world-class shopping and dining meccas of Rodeo and Canon drives and (barring heavy traffic) only 30 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, Montage Beverly Hills feels like a private oasis.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Separate tub and shower
- Large vanity
- High-quality towels
- Powerful unattached hair dryer
- High-quality bed linens
- Large, flat-screen television
- Large desk with convenient outlets
- Complimentary in-room WiFi
- Complimentary bottled water
- Stocked minibar
- Ample lighting
- In-room coffeemaker
- Iron and ironing board
- On-site restaurant and bar
- 24-hour room service
- State-of-the-art fitness center
Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
tel 310 499 4199
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
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