Los Angeles, California
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
A Luxury Collection Hotel
What it is
A modern temple for devotees of fashion, opulence and design.
What it isn't
Family-friendly or quiet. This is in the heart of L.A.’s party scene. Parents beware.
What we think
The SLS is the playful, high-design love child of Philippe Starck and hip nightlife and hospitality company SBE. A blocky white exterior hides a whimsical, even effervescent interior courtesy of the enfant terrible of French design. You'll see Starckisms like a glowing Lucite nine-point buck mounted above the mantle, floor lamps with machine guns for stems and an all-white, curtain-swathed spa. The 297 guest rooms and suites are a bit more demure, with low and plush furnishings and oversize windows with views of the city. Quirky details will either enchant you or drive you crazy, like the bed that appears to float in the middle of the room (the desk is behind the headboard) or the bathroom with its abundance of mirrors. Chef José Andrés's Bazaar extends the funhouse vibe. Half of the menu centers around molecular gastronomy (cotton candy foie gras), the other on more traditional Spanish favorites (Ibérico ham; grilled octopus). The place is always packed; Bar Centro handles some of the overflow. The rooftop pool is another of the area's hot attractions—even though it's too shallow for actual swimming. By day, only hotel guests are permitted, but at night the pool area—and the whole hotel, for that matter—is thrumming.
You're here because
You're looking for luxury, whimsy and a thumping party scene.
The amber light gleams on every surface, making the bar feel like it's glowing. Long-legged ladies and impeccably scruffed gents mingle around the space, laughter and music taking the place of audible conversation. You look down at your liquid nitrogen caipirinha and smile into the fog.
Restaurants & Bars
The Bazaar by José Andrés - Spanish Tapas
Tres by José Andrés - Spanish/American
Altitude Pool & Lounge - Classic American
Bar Centro at The Bazaar by José Andrés - Cocktails become adventurous undertakings at Bar Centro by José Andrés. The culinary icon plays with a variety of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables as well as modern tools of liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to elevate the classics and reimagine the modern mainstays.
Altitude Pool & Lounge - Surrounded by spectacular views of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, the jewel-like Altitude Pool deck offers a seductive environment of glamour and comfort. Enjoy dedicated poolside service, while you luxuriate in signature cocktails and light fare by Chef José Andrés. On weekends from 2pm-6pm during the Spring and Summer months, Altitude transforms into a poolside lounge with DJs spinning open format music. Limited amount of lounge chairs available on a first-come-first-serve basis for hotel guests. Cabana reservations are strongly encouraged, equipped with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and mini fridges.
Tres by José Andrés - A sophisticated and secluded sanctuary peppered with cozy nooks, books and fireplaces, Tres by José Andrés serves up comfort food with a twist. Highlights from this three-meal restaurant include daily afternoon tea and weekend brunch infused with Chef Andrés’ signature brand of creativity.
Santa Monica Pier
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Just north of Wilshire Boulevard and a block from the Beverly Center (and, as some residents will sniff, technically not in Beverly Hills). It's 10 minutes by car to Rodeo Drive and, traffic permitting, around 35 minutes to LAX.