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Five New Things to Love at Thompson Beverly Hills

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February 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM | by | ()

Beverly Hills may conjure old-school glamour and a dash of Julia Roberts but Thompson Beverly Hills has proven its staying power since opening five years ago. It just goes to show being hip has its benefits.

And while there's nothing wrong with the hotel (buzzing rooftop pool, sleek and chic rooms with balconies, REN bathroom amenities, etc), it is going through some major changes, and we like-y!

See what's in store after the jump.

Major Room Face-lift
The hotel is currently undergoing a "refresh" in all 107 rooms. Expect a touch up on the furnishings. The most dramatic thing here is replacing the black sheers with white sheers, so you don't feel like you're in a cave. But no, those avant-garde ceiling mirrors aren't going anywhere.

Brand-spanking New Menu at Caulfield's
Named after the one and only (as in Holden from Catcher in the Rye), we just talked about this new-ish restaurant that's even fresher with a super creative menu from executive chef Stephen Kalt of Fornelletto at Atlantic City's Borgata (we can actually hear the Jersey Shore fist bumps in action). The American-Continental cuisine is now a little more sophisticated to fit with the image of the property.

Downward Dog on the Rooftop
The hotel is proud of the fact celebrity trainer Danny Lucio (think Bieber and Rihanna as clients) offers private training services at the hotel. And the gym is 1,500 square-feet, pretty impressive for a boutique hotel. Plus, Thompson Beverly Hills is now offering yoga on the roof with Lucio's esteemed associates, so you can get your Zen on outdoors.

Craftier Cocktails
With new, in-house mixologist Jeremy Back, you can expect more exciting elixirs. There'll be farm-to-table ingredients, juices, and herbs, and you'll see concoctions like in-house made vanilla syrup rather than the packaged variety. Order the Smoking Moon (12-year-old abalone scotch, blood-orange juice, Maraschino cherry juice with a double twist of an orange and lemon and a smoking cinnamon stick garnish). That's how they upgrade an Old Fashioned!

Sleeker Concierge Service
And it's bigger and better than the tiny kiosk in the corner of the lobby lounge. Like, an actual, real, concierge desk where guests will be able to sit down and go over their requests. Like all Thompsons, the concierge desk will be stylish and cool. Look for it mid-February. Lead Concierge Adam Schon is perhaps the happiest about this, so make sure you say hi. Adam formerly worked at Endeavor agency (which merged with William Morris) so he recognizes directors, producers and maybe even gaffers should you need to know who's who!

Rates at the Thompson Beverly Hills begin at $250 per night.

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