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It's Oscar time! Or, as they say in Los Angeles hotels, "award season," which is equivalent to "high season" everywhere else outside of Tinsel Town so good luck getting a room. Oh, and you'll never see so much neck craning in hotel lobbies in your life. We've seen "normal" people throw on a cute outfit and dark shades just to get their five minutes. But we know our readers are much more fancier.
In honor of award season, the Dorchester Collection's Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel are giving guests the opportunity to experience a red-carpet moment with special amenities and themed packages that celebrate perhaps the only thing Hollywood looks forward to in February. This only happens once a year, people, so pay attention and start booking!
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The brand has joined with culinary wunderkind Wolfgang Puck to create Spago in-Suite. This is the first "room-service" type venture for the chef. Now, Each AKA full-service suite will include a menu featuring items from Puck's flagship Beverly Hills restaurant Spago. In addition to the well-loved favorites (pizza!) there will be a rotating list of daily specialty entrees (perhaps the liberty duck breast with pear-mustard raisin compote) to commemorate Puck's 30 year anniversary and Spago's new menu.
We had the pleasure of being invited to the recent Savor Borgata Event in Atlantic City where chefs Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Geoffrey Zakarian and others were there presenting food demos and a huge culinary showcase for a crowd we were delighted to see come out in droves to support the city just a week after Hurricane Sandy hit.
We were lucky enough to spend a few minutes interviewing some of the chefs. We talked about some of their holiday plans, and more importantly what’s on their hotel horizon.
We spoke with the personable Wolfgang Puck:
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It's still an intimate setting on the 24th floor of the hotel, there are still amazing city views to take in from your seat, the Modern Asian menu has not changed much and the prices will still shock you with a three-course tasting menu starting at $70 per person, not including drinks or any other items you may want to try (we opted for the fried rice.)
But there's a way to sample WP24 without blowing your budget--hit up The Lounge at WP24 which is larger than the actual restaurant and has killer views all around. More specifically, hit up The Lounge from 5 to 7pm during the Four for $24 special which features a rotating selection of WP24's signature small plates such as Peking Duck Roll, Pork Belly Bao Bun and Shrimp & Lobster Spring Roll, all for $24.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner daily (at 7am and 5:30pm respectively), lunch from Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. The restaurant is also open for afternoon tea from 2:30pm to 4pm. (We are so going there soon.) Meanwhile, the bar is open from 2pm to midnight during the week and 2pm to 2am on the weekends.
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Wolfgang Puck is either drinking a lot of red bull these days or he has clones of himself running around the world from one top luxury hotel to the next launching new hotel restaurant concepts.
Fresh off the opening of his CUT Steakhouse at 45 Park Lane, Wolfgang was back in LA to open to his new restaurant at the newly glamorous Hotel Bel-Air. But it's not just one restaurant Wolfgang is running here, it's the entire food and beverage operations.
Anytime you order an appetizer, an entree, dessert or even a late-night snack from room service during your stay at the Bel-Air, Wolfgang has put his hands on it. Ok, well not exactly as he won't always be in the kitchen but it's his culinary vision that's being executed. And a huge part of that vision is freshness.
We went into the kitchen at the Hotel Bel-Air with Wolfgang where he showed us that day's haul from the farmer's market. He's a stickler about having everything as fresh as can be, even to the point where he will ask if the oranges can stay on the tree a little longer. So when you get a fresh fruit basket in your room upon arrival, you can sleep soundly knowing that it's some seriously fresh fruit.
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UPDATE: The hotel is TOTALLY SOLD OUT for the first two weeks. Arrggh. There is a waitlist available and we suggest you get on it if you want to taste some Wolfgang Puck before the rest of the world. Fingers crossed someone drops out!
We can't believe this day is almost near. The Hotel Bel-Air, which closed two years ago for a massive renovation, will be reopening on October 14.
If you're one of the longtime fans of the hotel (and there are many) who can't wait to sleep inside the new rooms, then you probably already booked your reservation when they went online in June. But now there's another incentive for staying at the Hotel Bel-Air on opening night and that's exclusive access to Wolfgang Puck's new restaurant, The Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air as well as the new bar and lobby lounge.
These spaces will open to the public on November 1st but hotel guests will be among the first to try them out for two weeks. Yay! We love special guest perks!
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There seems to be a lot of hotel happenings going down in Los Angeles right now. The most important of them all is that the Mr. C Hotel will open June 1, according to a tip. That info is confirmed on the Beverly Hills hotel's website, but our tipster said that it would be ready—completely ready, not pushed back yet again or still sorta under construction—on that date.
If you are dying to check out the new 138-room Mr. C, we found rates for that night at $249. In case you'd rather wait and see what others have to say about the hotel, see what else is going on in L.A. hotels:
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As the Hotel Bel-Air readies for its big reopening, one of the new features of the massive renovation is a restaurant from famed chef Wolfgang Puck.
According to Eater, he will set up shop in the newly renovated hotel and call his restaurant the not-very-original Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. At the restaurant, he'll serve contemporary California cuisine with European and Mediterranean touches.
Earlier this week, we told you about our recent stay at the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live. Today, with this photo gallery of dishes, we’re going to take you along on the over-the-top dinner we enjoyed at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s WP24.
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CUT in Vegas
We've been so busy tallying up the London Hotel Openings, that we've nearly lost sight of what's actually going inside the hotels. But thankfully, 45 Park Lane has righted us again with their announcement that Wolfgang Puck will open his successful steak restaurant, CUT inside the hotel later this spring.
The first CUT opened at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire and was instantly frequented by A-list celebs (TomKat, etc.) That was followed by CUT at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. But even more special for the hotel, aside from having a guaranteed celeb nosh spot, is that this will be Wolfgang's first restaurant in Europe.
It's kinda hard to believe that's never been done before, given how prolific Wolfgang Puck is in America--from LA to Vegas and even on-the-go airport food. Nevertheless, when CUT opens here's a bit on what to expect:
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
·Gramercy Park Hotel Gets Its First Lawsuit: The GPH and others are being sued by a former worker at its Wakiya restaurant who claims she was assaulted by a co-worker and fired for speaking Spanish. [NY Sun]
· Wolfgang Puck at a Doubletree Near You: Wolfgang Puck and Doubletree Hotels have teamed up to offer you the celeb chef's Wolfgang Puck Estate Grown Coffee in every room. [PR-Inside]
· Aloft Now Set for DIA: Aloft Hotels will open up at Denver International Airport next year inside the planned 17-acre Landings at DIA, a retail development. [The Denver Post]
· In-Room Wine Tastings: The Muse Hotel in NYC is now offering in-room wine-tastings in the hotel's private suites. Called "Red, White, and Bubbly", the experience includes wine and champagne tastings and light fare from Chef Patricia Williams. Ovenight stay is required and the program starts at $65/per person. [Muse Hotel]