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3 Updated L.A. Hotels to Check Into Now

BY The Editors | September 19, 2016 | Feature Features

From new restaurants to renovations to a floral designer's homecoming, three L.A. hotels are raising the bar.
The private pool and Jacuzzi area of the recently renovated Bungalow 5 at The Beverly Hills Hotel

1. The Beverly Hills Hotel
The classic L.A. hotel has recently introduced myriad updates, including a restoration and redesign of the property’s historic bungalows. Glam accents and an airy color palette dominate No. 5 ($8,000 per night)—influenced by frequent guest Elizabeth Taylor, who spent six of her eight honeymoons in the bungalows—while No. 22 ($5,500 per night) boasts a contemporary Palm Springs look inspired by Frank Sinatra. Inside the main building, the revamped Logo Shop features new gift items, including Australian luxury sleepwear brand Sant and Abel’s banana leaf-printed pajamas (from $45), displayed among sleek lacquer, stone, leather and metallic accents. And for those in need of a zen moment (nonguests included), the hotel recently introduced weekly yoga classes led by acclaimed instructor Amy Rose (Wednesdays, 6 to 7pm, $25). $495 per night, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.2251

2. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Ocean breezes wafting through the recently renovated Fig Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows add to the ambience of this relaxed seaside hot spot. Inspired by childhood times cooking alongside his grandfather in the family bakery in Lebanon, chef Yousef Ghalaini is serving up boldly flavored Mediterranean-influenced woodfired fare, direct from the California bistro’s newly installed wood-burning oven and grill. With seasonal and sharable as the motto, Ghalaini’s new signature, the charred Bread Balloon ($11), is best relished with small-batch, housemade spreads, featuring spices such as za’atar, sumac and vadouvan. Equally addictive is the pizza—varieties include both classics (Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, $15) and unique combinations (lamb sausage pizza with pickled onions, yogurt and mint, $17). The new menu also highlights locally sourced ingredients from handselected California farmers and purveyors. Think cheese from fromage fave Cowgirl Creamery, fresh fish from Monterey and SoCal-supplied Jidori Chicken. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111

3. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Head south to the Four Seasons to check out the property’s newly introduced elements. First up, esteemed floral designer Jeff Leatham has returned to the hotel—he started his career here—to create gorgeous arrangements and installations for the property’s public spaces and events. Next, head to the hotel’s upscale restaurant, Culina, and you’ll find the just-opened Vinoteca—an Italian-inspired wine and espresso destination. Expect light bites like grilled pizzettas ($13), which pair nicely with a glass of prosecco ($14). If the Vinoteca bar wasn’t enough, the hotel just unveiled a brand-new screening room adjacent to Culina. While it’s ideal for industry folks, the little-known secret is that the mini movie theater can be rented out for anything from a kid’s birthday party to a bachelorette night (from $2,500). 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.2222

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