Best Hotel Renovation of 2011: The Hotel Bel-Air
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
Good things come to those who wait and the reopening of the Hotel Bel-Air in October, which shuttered its doors back in 2009 to undergo an extreme hotel makeover, was something out of wildest geekiest hotel fantasies.
And best of all, we got to share our first-hand reactions to the new rooms, the high-tech amenities, the sleek new bar, the wondrous new La Prairie Spa and Wolfgang Puck himself, with all of you during our first-ever HotelChatter live-blog.
We went all through the property from Swan Lake up to the new Canyon View suites down to the kitchen at Wolfgang Puck, into a standard room near the (untouched) pool area, up into the spa treatment rooms and the fitness center and yes, even into the guest room baths to admire the $3,000 toilets.
Rooms start at a steep point, around $600 a night, but if you want luxury and privacy in Los Angeles, the Hotel Bel-Air and its secluded canyon location is unbeatable. Or else, you can just do brunch for about $25 for an eggs benedict.