Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills, California
What it is
A chic hideout for the well-heeled in Beverly Hills.
What it isn't
Large. Food, spa and fitness options are excellent but limited.
What we think
L'Ermitage became a sanctuary for A-List Hollywood back in the 1990s, with its Zen-minimalist look, oversize suites and discreet celebrity coddling. Now renovated and under the management of the Viceroy Hotel Group, it has a slightly plusher look and even larger suites, but the air of exclusivity remains. That's partially due to the location, on a quiet, residential street in Beverly Hills, and partially to the staff, well trained in the arts of whispered pampering. The 2015 redesign, by L.A. firm Smith/Firestone Associates, added texture and softness in the form of velvet headboards, shimmering metallic wall coverings and hand-cut Venetian glass. At 650 square feet, the 117 gently lit suites are spacious enough to include a large dressing area, walk-in closet, huge marble bathroom and balcony. The small, serene rooftop pool, with its sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, never closes. There's a new restaurant, too: Avec Nous, a French bistro run by a Daniel Boulud alum.
You're here because
You're a VIP who values discretion over flash.
As you swipe your key to take the elevator up to the roof, you close your eyes and breathe in: the aroma of green tea and ginger from your massage still lingers on your skin. The elevator doors open and beyond the pool you see the clustered houses of the Hollywood Hills.
A quiet block of Beverly Hills, about seven minutes to Rodeo Drive (catch a ride in the hotel's complimentary Mercedes). LAX is 40 minutes away.
Avec Nous - Expect a St. Tropez vibe with Spanish and Italian influences.
Avec Nous Bar & Lounge
Santa Monica Pier
Universal Studios Hollywood