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The Jury's Still Out on Thompson Beverly Hills

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March 31, 2008 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

The New York Times' recent review of Thompson Beverly Hills seems a bit pre-emptive. Reporter Fred A. Bernstein's "bottom line" is that the hotel isn't cheap, but that the rooftop swimming pool, fitness center and bar may justify the price once those amenities open in April. Does that mean until then you'll just have to chance it and hope the hotel is as highly regarded as its New York counterpart?

That could be a big gamble, given how temperate Bernstein seems about the rest of the property. In short, the place is designed well and the staff is friendly, but the bathrooms are small and anything other than sushi at the hotel's Bond Street restaurant fails to impress.

Bernstein says rooms in the front of the building must contend with traffic noise from Wilshire Boulevard, but his room, No. 822, located in the back of the property, had a "spectacular" view of the Hollywood sign, downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Mountains, which certainly sounds like a Killer View contender to us. Now, we're just waiting on that exclusive rootop.

[Photo: NYT]

Archived Comments:

Re: The Jury's Still Out on Thompson Beverly Hills

Fred was a bit nicer than Valli Herman of the LATimes. Maybe TBH worked out the kinks after her visit. Anyhow, I think it's all going to come down to the rooftop pool. If that place is as cool as 60 Thompson's A60 then the hotel will hit solid gold.

Re: The Jury's Still Out on Thompson Beverly Hills

I'm at a -2 with TBH right now. I'm just not buying it...

I think this hotel opened a bit too softly for me to add it to the short list of PSW preferred properties.

The rooftop could really only kick this hotel into high gear if it was easy to sneak into as a non-guest. I'd hate to have to contend with their clueless staff.