Simply put: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills resonates with me. It isn’t exactly a small luxury hotel, but it feels cozy. The lobby isn’t hectic nor is the pool even on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. It’s sort of like the guests are either all on the same page or we manage to quietly maneuver around each other. At least, this is my experience here and I’ve visited both alone and with my daughter.
Comforts Of Home (Only Better)
OK, so maybe I don’t have a driver on a daily basis, but the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers guests use of the house car (subject to availability) to chauffeur you within a short radius of the hotel. I’m in the car here on my way to The Grove mall, which is less than 10 minutes away. I drive a nice car, but it’s definitely not a posh Mercedes BlueTEC filled with Fiji Water and iPads.
(See this issue of Four Seasons Magazine? Flip to page 158 to see my sentimental story about Punta Mita, Mexico)
And, lathering yourself up with Bulgari shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion is never a bad idea. It’s absolutely every bit as luxurious as it sounds.
Though a Keurig isn’t tough to maneuver, having someone else pour a perfect cup of coffee topped with a splash of cream (I don’t skimp when traveling) makes for a divine morning, even after you may or may not have had a bit too much to drink in the hotel bar with a friend during the night prior.
In the morning, the signature restaurant, Culina, offers made-to-order juice with the ingredients of your choice. I always opt for the Green Goddess because though it has kale and other goodness, it’s slightly sweet because of apple.
After my little power breakfast, I made it to the open-air gym that overlooks the herb garden and fabulous pool. The complimentary coffee, flavored waters, and muffins are located there in the mornings to fuel up before a workout or busy day of shopping.
Speaking of shopping, the boutiques of Robertson Blvd are less than a 10 minute walk away. I managed to score a dress on sale at AllSaints Spitalfields, one of my favorite clothing lines. Rodeo Drive is about a 20-minute walk, though you’ll no doubt need the house car to pick you and all your designer goods up, at least.
With the decorative, painted wooden headboards plush, accented carpet and Barbara Barry-style lamps, this luxury hotel’s rooms definitely look magazine-worthy. I’ve never complained about a Four Seasons bed for a good reason–they’re comfortable.
A sizable closet with nice hangers and dresser provide ample space. The bathrooms aren’t huge, but have TVs, mirror seating, and those fabulous Bulgari amenities. Make your dinner reservation or check-out via in-room iPad.
A Hotel Pool Loved By All Ages
My daughter loves this pool. Perhaps, it’s the kick boards and pool noodles at her disposal or the elevated hot tub area. Maybe it’s the stellar kids’ mac and cheese or green and white striped, plush chairs. Whatever it is, I’m down with it too. My favorites? The hotel-supplied sunscreen and flavored water. Not to mention the landscaping all around the hotel (especially the pool area) is a mix of succulents, fruit trees, herbs used in the hotel kitchen and tropical plants.
It’s In The Details
I pay attention to luxury hotel flowers. They’re just pretty to look at and sometimes I draw inspiration I can use at home. What impressed me about this arrangement is the delicate nature of the vase relative to the amount of flowers it held–sort of like a gravity experiment only a professional would attempt.
Culina, Modern Italian
I’ve eaten at Culina, Modern Italian a lot, now. It’s stylish, but lacks pretension and cozy with just the right amount of swank. The newly re-vamped menu still features old favorites like the Culina Caesar. But, the Kampachi was TO DIE FOR as were these scallops. Culina Executive Chef Mette Williams was champion of the Food Network show, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell where contestants competed for the executive chef role at Culina!
Whenever I see a salty-sweet Budino on the menu, I order it. Budino is an Italian pudding that is usually served with caramel. Yep.
I didn’t hit the spa during this trip, but I have blissed-out there in the past during massages and mother-daughter mani/pedis.
I just love this hotel. I recommend it highly.
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