Los Angeles is filled with luxury hotels, each offering specific assets, things like the best location, the best food, the best service, or the most privacy. But there is only one luxury hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, which truly delivers every luxury amenity your heart (and deep pockets) could ever desire. It’s the most expensive hotel in Los Angeles, with an average room rate approaching or exceeding $800 per night but also consistently delivers on every level.
First, it’s private and secluded. It’s not on a busy street corner, it’s a few miles off Sunset Boulevard, deep in a canyon of residential Bel Air. Residential as in the mansion across the street from the hotel is currently listed for sale at $29 million. The hotel sits on 12 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, yet is only a five minute drive from its sister hotel, the magical Beverly Hills Hotel. You’re also ten minutes from downtown Beverly Hills, 15 minutes from the 405 freeway and about 35 minutes from the beach.
Second, the hotel is luxurious. Here’s a tour of one of their signature suites, the Stone Canyon Suite, named for the canyon in which it sits and the road on which it sits on. The spacious suite, complete with office, kitchen, powder room (with a shower) and full outdoor terrace with a large mini-pool / Jacuzzi carries the hotel’s mid-century California design, with just enough Hollywood Regency thrown in for good measure.
Third, though probably most important, is the service. It’s warm and personal, like one finds at all Dorchester Collection properties. Hotel Bel-Air is one of the nine, iconic luxury hotel properties that make up Dorchester Collection. The service culture, formed from years of serving royal guests, creates the perfect stay for each guest, bespoke for their individual goals. Whether it’s to work, meet, enjoy romance, shop or explore a city with children, they can ensure it’s a perfect stay, every time.
Fourth in the list of essential luxury hotel amenities is food and Hotel Bel-Air has its cuisine, the restaurant and the room service, handled by Hollywood’s OG celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck. The chef’s eponymous restaurant is also a wonderful place to escape LA for a few hours for a meal or drinks even if you’re not a guest of the hotel.
The fifth key asset is a combination of space and amenities. The hotel’s location amid 12 acres of dense greenery means there are meandering walking paths throughout the trees and plants, bubbling streams and even a pond inhabited by a trio of famous swans. There’s a large spa, a big swimming pool and a bar and lounge with live music.
To get to Hotel Bel-Air in true style and luxury, I drove the amazing 2018 Lexus LC 500. The flagship luxury coupe from Lexus takes the automaker’s track-proven racing technology (and a huge, almost 500 HP V8 engine) and wraps it in spaceship-like styling, and a sea of Alcantara, suede and leather.