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Checking in: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills


WHAT IT’S not easy to steal the spotlight in La La Land, but the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — a glamorous new build that opened a few weeks ago at a reported cost of $200 million — has done just that. The city’s movie stars, models, NBA giants, agents and ladies who seri

ously lunch are flocking to its 12th-floor rooftop lounge and pool, where the panoramic views (from Downtown LA to the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific) are as jaw-dropping as the people-watching.

WHY Art Deco interiors from Pierre-Yves Rochon — including a double-height lobby framed by white marble columns, a grand brass chandelier and gilded geometric details — harken back to Hollywood’s golden age. The hotel further ensures its It-spot status by offering only 170 rooms and suites (intimate by LA “big brand” standards), all of which come with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, marble bathrooms (furnished with swoon-worthy deco vanities), along with posh perks like compliment­ary pressing and shoe shining.

HAUTE EATS Chef JeanGeorge­s Vongericht­en (inset, whose NYC restaurant­s include ABC Kitchen, ABCV and Jean-Georges) makes his California debut with an eponymous indoor-outdoor destinatio­n on the hotel’s main floor. (Head upstairs to that already sizzling Rooftop by JG for more casual bites.) “We are bringing our best dishes from New York, but with a California flair,” he tells The Post. Indeed, the hotel just hosted last week’s Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a culinary competitio­n (emceed by “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi and co-judged by Vongericht­en) that paired global Waldorf chefs with James Beard Foundation Rising Star-designated ones.

DON’T MISS Ultraluxe skincare brand La Prairie unveiled its first spa in Southern California here, a 5,000-square-foot retreat offering caviar facials, while celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham (whose clients include J.Lo, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Garner) helms a discreet salon.

NEEDS WORK The hotel is still ironing out a few kinks — in-room iPads never connected with the front desk and Uber drivers couldn’t find the joint (hint: it’s next door to the Beverly Hilton). BOTTOM LINE Along with a welcome dose of California sunshine, the hotel delivers impeccable service paired with an unpretenti­ous vibe. BOOKING DETAILS

Rooms from $875; WaldorfAst­oriaBeverl­yHills. com. — Carrie Seim

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