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BondST at Thompson Beverly Hills Expected Mid-January; Better Reviews Expected By Then Too

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December 18, 2007 at 3:42 PM | by | ()

So it seems the Thompson Beverly Hills has officially transitioned from a Best Western to a Thompson Hotel. But despite this, the construction is not yet complete on the hotel and the BondST restaurant has been pushed back yet once more.

Stephen Brandman told us to expect the Jonathan Morr restaurant sometime in mid-January. Oh we will, Brandman. We will wait with bated breath.

Meanwhile, the hotel has its first review under Thompson Beverly Hills on TripAdvisor. A reviewer from Chicago just posted this yesterday, titled "You pay for what you get":

I phoned the property directly to book this stay. They were slightly dishonest about the current state of the construction. When we stayed on December 16th things were still pretty rough. Think dirty, unorganized, and lacking basic services. My saying is that "you pay for what you get" We did not pay much or get much here.


Reviewer JP3CHICAGO continued on to the rooms at Thompson Beverly Hills:

When completed the hotel will try for a "W" type vibe. As for rooms the Wilshire suite we booked for $249 was not available when we arrived. We were switched to a one bedroom suite (401) for $199. unfortunately that room did not yet have a TV installed in the bedroom. Other than that it was pretty functional and spacious.

Based on the missing TV issue we chose to move to a standard king room for $149. In this room the bathroom had been retiled, floors changed to a dark hardwood, and a flat screen was installed. Other than that it still had a dark dingy budget feeling. My wife could not find a light strong enough to put on makeup etc.

We wouldn't say that Thompson is competing for a "W type vibe" and we're pretty sure the folks at Thompson have just smashed a jar of hair gel in frustration at this comparison. Afterall, Thompson prides itself on servicing rock stars and celebs and treating them like normal people. And with Ws popping up in all sorts of random not-so-cool cities, Thompson is surely distancing themselves from any sort of W vibe.

However, JP3CHICAGO did say the hotel staff was very accommodating, sending up take-out menus to the room as room service was not available and comping the valet parking due to the room switcheroo. So let's chalk up another point for Thompson service.

Also JP3CHICAGO thinks the rooftop pool/bar will be worth something to see when it's finally completed:

Finally the roof deck is going to be great. Clearly they are trying to capture some magic with this area. It appears that the space will be really cool and that the suites being added on that floor will be spectacular. One appears to have an underwater window looking directly into the pool.

Kinky! There's no need for Dream Cream in this suite then.

All construction should be completed by February but you know in TST (Thompson Standard Time), that's more like March/April.

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