Stunning design and hot on-site dining celebrate “la dolce vita” at this chic hotel.
Were Fellini to imagine a Southern California hotel, his avant-garde dreams would surely conjure the SLS in Beverly Hills. Italianate style — both contemporary and baroque — melds strikingly with the property’s original Japanese-influenced architecture. Philippe Starck is the man behind the look, including designs for Italian furniture maker Cassina. From guest rooms and suites to the fantasy-inducing Altitude rooftop pool deck (make sure to reserve a private cabana), glamour is at the forefront. Especially dramatic are the mesmerizing icicle hues at Ciel Spa. Once your treatment in a private room is done, you can wind down with tea and fresh fruit in the Serenity Alcove or champagne and handmade truffles in the co-ed lounge. It’s no surprise to find a see-and-be-seen restaurant on the property, but The Bazaar by José Andrés isn't just another pretty culinary face. It has substance, with its modern tapas menu and striking “indoor piazza” design. For an exclusive dining experience, Saam is one of the most sought-after venues in town (serving a 22-course tasting menu), and Tres by José Andrés offers Sunday brunch, as well as a daily menu. The hotel’s central location is excellent, just steps from The Beverly Center and Robertson Boulevard, home to designer boutiques and The Ivy.