Restaurants & Hospitality

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AfterHotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

OWNER: Dorchester Collection, London, dorchestercollection.com
ARCHITECTS: Alexandra Champalimaud, New York, www.champalimauddesign.com, and Rockwell Group, New York, www.rockwellgroup.com


Hotel Bel-Air reopened its doors on Oct. 14, 2011, after 24 months of extensive refurbishment and redesign. Great care was taken to keep much of the hotel’s originality. The familiar Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in “Bel-Air pink” is still present while a new generation of Hotel Bel-Air aesthetic is reflected through design themes from the glamorous 1930s, ’40s and ’50s but conveyed in a fresh and elegant manner.

A total of 103 guestrooms and suites are offered, including new “Loft” and hillside accommodations, many with sweeping canyon views, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, grand pianos and spacious decks. New to the hotel are a fitness studio and the 4,134-square-foot Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie with seven treatment rooms. The renowned oval swimming pool, a beloved element of the hotel for more than 65 years, has retained its signature shape and can be enjoyed in its familiar setting.

A spacious indoor/outdoor patio overlooks the garden and lush grounds, and multiple glass wine cellars separate the main and private dining rooms. Guests can enjoy tea and cocktails in the lobby lounge while the famous hotel bar has maintained its cozy lounge feeling and a separate terrace bar has been added.

The signature Hotel Bel-Air swans, which remained at Swan Lake during the entirety of the restoration process, can still be found gliding along the clearest of water thanks to a new circulation pump that will save 1.5 million gallons of water a year.

Photo: Hotel Bel-Air

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