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Los Angeles Hideaways

Incognito is the Name of the Game

There is no such thing as a true home away from home. But seeking comfort and anonymity while one is away from home can be difficult. Here's where some of the happy few reside while visiting the movie capital. In the City of Angels the decision is usually based on impeccable service and private entrances.

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air
An elegant guestroom at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles
Iconoclastic Isolation
Talk about isolation, you cannot beat the Bel-Air. This quintessential retreat is and has been the ultimate hideaway for those seeking privacy. With a private entrance on the north side of the property, nobody ever needs to know you are staying there. In fact, the swans might be the only ones that see you come and go. (The Bel-Air is closed for renovations until mid-2011.)

Shutters on the Beach
One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Belle at the Beach
Shutters offers peace, serenity and warmth. A cozy feel from the lobby with fireplaces continues into the luxurious rooms. Request a presidential suite with in-suite wine cellar, huge Jacuzzi tub and full ocean view enjoyment. One Pico doubles up as your private dining room, unless you prefer room service so you can eat on the balcony while looking over the beach happenings.
A balcony overlooking Santa Monica beach at Shutters on the Beach

The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
Lounge poolside at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
Pretty in Pink
The Pink Lady really delivers in terms of service, quality and amenities. Business meetings of all kinds have taken place over the years in the many venues of the property from the pool to the Polo Lounge. Your private lap pool anchors the four-bedroom Presidential Bungalow or if one room is all you need, stay in a private cottage. You may access it directly from the street without having to tread through the lobby.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Living Legend
Rejuvenate with a grape seed scrub and go hide in one of the poolside cabanas, head down to the Belvedere for a power lunch or a romantic dinner—all this in legendary Peninsula service. Hitch a ride in one of the house Rolls-Royces to Rodeo Drive or walk over to the CAA to hammer out the details of your next role and return through the back gate unnoticed.
Poolside cabanas at the Peninsula Beverly Hills

Château Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The private and exclusive Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood
The castle is where Hollywood royalty can let it all hang out. It's private, elitist and very decadent. The walls still whisper lurid details of bygone escapades, although new stories are still being created each night. We could spend months here.

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