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First-Hand Guest Review: The Thompson Beverly Hills is Open, Barely

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November 21, 2007 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

We knew that Monday was a tentative D-Day for the Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel to open, one of the many expected opening dates since Thompson Hotels first announced the project.

But the hotel has already been half-open to guests for a few months while construction is continuing. The rooms are renovated in the new Dodd Mitchell style, but nothing else is completely finished.

Although Thompson said they would open first on Nov. 5th then later on November 19th, one HotelChatter Maven VickyHsu bravely took a gamble on staying November 20th. And guess what? The place is still under construction. Her full review after the jump.

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From Hotel Maven VickyHsu:

I stayed at the Thompson Beverly Hills last night and thought I'd give you a sneak peek. Formerly the Beverly Pavilion, the renovation is definitely not complete.

The online booking system would let you start making reservations as of November 19th evening, so I booked the night of November 20th just to be sure it would be open. I called ahead the morning of to make sure the hotel was open, and the agent let me know that there was a lot of construction left but that I would "have a great time".

When I arrived the whole building was covered in scaffolding. Valet parking was available, but the registration desk was in the porte cochere.

The lobby is being worked on during the day so expect construction guys all day long. The elevator has not been renovated as of yet. In fact, it seems as if all guests are staying only on the 7th floor as of now. The notice in the elevator says that the lobby and main entrance will re-open in November (which we are at the tail ends of) and the restaurant "Bond Street Beverly Hills" will be open after Thanksgiving.

The rooftop with pool, sundeck and gym will not be open until next year February.

The hallway and rooms on the 7th floor seem to be complete. The hallway is very sleek with shiny black metal walls.I booked a Premium King, non-smoking. The rooms are very small but use the most of the space. It's very modern looking with dark wood floors. And yes, those are long mirrors on the headboard of the bed. Those mirrors also extend onto the ceiling above the bed in a modern design. Kinky.

A nice touch of a iPod/iHome clock stereo on the side table. There is a big flatscreen on the wall and you can buy movies. The room had a small fridge, hairdryer, and in-room safe. No minibar items yet and no room service yet.

The bathrooms are a standard size with nice fixtures and a marble countertop. The tile on the walls, however, seem to be cheap. There is a cut wheeled pull-out bench under the sink that you can use to sit on and use the sink as a vanity.

Overall, the rooms have cheap and upscale touches. The beds are comfortable, but that is a hotel's bread and butter so I have rarely slept on a bad bed in a brand-name hotel.

Thanks Vicky Hsu for sending this almost-real-time dispatch of a stay at the Thompson Beverly Hills. Anyone else care to chime in?

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