Tried & Tested

Delta Air Lines 767 Busi­ness Class At­lanta – Lon­don Heathrow Lon­don West Hol­ly­wood Ho­tel

Business Traveler (USA) - - CONTENT -

BACK­GROUND:

There are cur­rently two prop­er­ties un­der The Lon­don brand of ho­tels: The Lon­don West Hol­ly­wood at Bev­erly Hills, and The Lon­don NYC in Mid­town Man­hat­tan. With its “all-suite”con­cept, rooms at The Lon­don West Hol­ly­wood are con­sid­er­ably more spa­cious than typ­i­cal LA lux­ury ho­tels. Orig­i­nally opened in 1984 as The Bel Age, the 226-room ho­tel re­cently un­der­went a $27 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in­clud­ing 21 lux­ury suites.

WHERE IS IT?

Con­ve­niently lo­cated in the heart of the City of West Hol­ly­wood. The Sun­set Strip and Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard are min­utes away by foot, as are land­marks such as the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

WHAT'S IT LIKE? The décor is mod­ern Art Deco meets glam­orous Old Hol­ly­wood – think quirky el­e­ments that com­ple­ment the brand’s Bri­tish her­itage, such as the de­cep­tively re­al­is­tic Bri­tish Bull­dog fig­urines stand­ing guard in the lobby. The am­bi­ence is youth­ful, but so­phis­ti­cated rather than“edgy.”Pub­lic spa­ces are airy and full of nat­u­ral light, and you’re likely to rec­og­nize a few fa­mous faces min­gling amongst the reg­u­lar folk since the place is known as a hangout for mu­si­cians, ac­tors and artists.

WiFi is free and there is a com­pli­men­tary House Car ser­vice within a 2km ra­dius from 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM daily. Calls made to Lon­don from your room’s land­line are free.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in the top-floor Royal Vista Suite, a wel­com­ing open-plan abode of neu­tral tones with pops of vi­brant color and retro touches of leather, vel­vet and wood. The main bal­cony over- looks Sun­set Boule­vard and down­town Los An­ge­les, and one par­tial bal­cony over­looks the Hol­ly­wood Hills.

The room has been thought­fully planned to ac­com­mo­date guests’power needs (out­lets in the van­ity ta­ble and over­sized work desk). The mini­bar fea­tures a Keurig ma­chine, as well as a per­sonal wet bar with serv­ing trays, wine and cham­pagne glasses.

Aside from the im­pres­sive bal­cony views, the crown­ing fea­ture must be the enormous bath­room, with cus­tom tile floors, spa­cious shower with dual show­er­heads, and C.O. Bigelow Apothe­caries prod­ucts.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS:

The lobby-level Box­wood restau­rant serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner while drinks and a se­lect menu can be or­dered from the rooftop pool deck. High tea is served daily in the Box­wood’s ad­ja­cent lounge and a new al fresco din­ing con­cept, Box­wood on the Roof, is open for lunch and din­ner. Ex­ec­u­tive chef An­thony Keene who pre­vi­ously headed up the ho­tel’s flag­ship restau­rant, Gor­don Ram­say at The Lon­don, brings his unique blend of Bri­tish and New Amer­i­can cui­sine. In-room din­ing is avail­able 24 hours a day.

BUSI­NESS AND

Meet­ings tend to be of the film­mak­ing va­ri­ety, so it’s fit­ting that there’s a pri­vate movie theatre and screen­ing room. It can be rented out for pri­vate par­ties, events and movie screenings – in fact the press meet for Cap­tain Amer­ica was be­ing held the day I checked in. On the main floor there is also a 4,000-square-foot ball­room and pri­vate out­door gar­den ter­race.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES:

The swanky pri­vate rooftop pool is re­served for ho­tel guests only – the per­fect spot to soak up that Cal­i­for­nian sun while you sip cock­tails and peer at the beau­ti­ful peo­ple in de­signer

swimwear. On the main level is a 24-hour, 2,600-square-foot fit­ness cen­ter, a full-ser­vice hair sa­lon, nail sa­lon and a small cloth­ing bou­tique.

VERDICT: A plea­sure from ar­rival to check-out. Lux­u­ri­ous rooms and con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion – per­fect for tag­ging on some Hol­ly­wood leisure time to your LA busi­ness trip.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.