Arrival/Check-In: Looking forward to seeing the refresh and renovation of the SLS Beverly Hills, I checked in with little delay even though a few other guests stood at the desk. I noticed a lot of families with children staying at the SLS, which I thought was interesting and a shift in its previous marketing profile. The property boasts a great location and a cool pool, which was one of the major changes when it modified the building 15 years ago. A simple turn to my right led me up to my lovely room in no time.
Guest Quarters: The room was comfortable and userfriendly, and the bed resulted in some of the best sleep I have had in a hotel. Although the property offers lots of “party options,” I didn’t hear any of that activity in my room. I stayed in Room 226, with sliding doors to a patio and an outstanding garden offering ample seating (an umbrella, outdoor chairs and a settee) — a great place to enjoy breakfast or end-of-day sundowners, which you can easily make from a generous minibar with “adult-sized” bottles.
The king-sized bed, flanked by small, marble-topped end tables, included comfortable bedding with a variety of pillow choices. Near the patio exit, a small, round, marble-topped table and two chairs provided space to set up a laptop and create a work station. The 55-inch TV hung on the wall opposite the bed, with an entertainment center, minibar and storage below. I enjoyed watching Netflix on the 55-inch screen when I had some time to kill. Nice touches included drinking glasses of various colors and types and the signature “monkey” bust on a shelf, part of the SLS branding — they just want you to monkey around and have a good time.
The spacious bathroom featured a large shower but no tub, with strong water pressure and a rain-like shower nozzle. A sliding panel above the stainless-steel sink opened to the bedroom to create a more spacious feel or to allow communication with your guest. Bathroom amenities included a good supply of towels (I counted four bath towels) plus Ciel Reserve shampoo, conditioner and other lotions and supplies.
Services/Amenities: Restaurant venues include The Bazaar by José Andrés, which sports an eclectic design for a fun-filled experience, winning a Michelin Plate distinction this year. Tres is a more sophisticated option, also by José Andrés, boasting comfort foods with a twist, including afternoon tea. I enjoyed a drink and snack at the bar while I was in residence. Finally, Somni offers Catalan cuisine in a 10-seat counter experience. We also enjoyed breakfast in a private dining room off The Bazaar (great power breakfast option) and evening cocktails with the friendly, funny staff.
I had to ship a package, and the concierge took care of it with great service, which is always helpful, including tracking down a large box in which to send the items.
◆ Great location near the Beverly Center
◆ Cool graphics and art throughout the property
◆ Helpful and friendly staff
SLS HOTEL, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
tel 310 247 0400
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