Thompson Beverly Hills Gets Official Review
February 27, 2008 at 5:52 PM
At last the Thompson Beverly Hills has gotten an official review. Not that the reviews from our HotelMavens are any less official but we always like to see what the old standbys think. Thus, here's the LA Times review of the hotel from veteran reviewer Valli Herman.
Overall Herman liked the place...we think. Every positive was backed up by a negative. It's almost as if she was trying hard to like it but simple fundamental hotel stay necessities were not fulfilled.
Her biggest problem was with the noise:
Despite the two-year renovation, the expensively designed room still featured the original, flimsy sliding-glass door. Unless the soundproofing is improved, the hotel isn't a great buy....
I was given various explanations for the noise problem, including "we're still under renovation" and "we're hoping to double the glass next year" -- even though I was told the rooms were complete when I made my reservation.
For the record, Herman paid a special rate of $199 as part of the hotel's opening offers.
Aside from the noise issues which actually stem from the crazy traffic on Wilshire Boulevard rather than construction, Herman definitely appreciated the Dodd Mitchell design, even if it did scream "Bachelor Pad."
Some positives to note: She thought the service was excellent (which is nice to hear) and liked the tasty Joan's on Third treats offered in the mini-bar and at turndown. Since we heart Joan's in a major way, that's good to hear.
BondST and the second-floor lounge also got rave reviewes, again mostly for its design. ABH (Above Beverly Hills) the rooftop pool and bar is still not open but when it does only hotel guests and "invited" peeps are allowed.
Perhaps her overall thought of the hotel can be summed up in her first paragraph:
You've met this guy. He's well-dressed, bounces mostly between New York and Los Angeles, knows everyone. And he won't shut up. The newest high-concept hotel in Southern California, which aims at the well-traveled hipster, is a lot like that guy.