CRESCENT BEVERLY HILLS: This boutique spot in the heart of Beverly Hills (just a few blocks off Rodeo Drive) is finishing up a property-wide renovation that includes the 35 guest rooms, the public spaces and the lobby lounge. Don't worry, they haven't taken away the free WiFi. In fact, the hotel has upped their tech-y amenities by offering iPads and Macbooks for guests to checkout during their stay. Best of all, room rates are totally affordable starting at $159 for a Petite Queen and $249 for a Grand King.
LOEWS SANTA MONICA: When we rolled by this Santa Monica beachfront hotel in early January, major work was still happening on the Loews' facade. Yet two months later, things looked rather impressive. Here's a snapshot from two weeks ago. And here's how the hotel used to look. Much improved, no? Rates for the hotel are around $300 a night, but always much higher when the warm weather rolls in.
MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS: The stylist employed by this swank Beverly Hills hotel takes his job very seriously. We got a copy of the fashion consultation form fromJoseph Katz, the hotel's in-house fashion stylist, and it is intensely thorough. This is just one of 16 style questions he asks! After you've filled it out (you also have to list your sizes), Katz will analyze it and then take you along on a customized shopping excursion. Or if you're too busy, he can do the job for you instead. The consultation is complimentary but alas, those new clothes are not. Room rates start around $495 a night. [Photos: HotelChatter, Crescent Beverly Hills, HotelChatter and Montage Beverly Hills]