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It's no secret that our celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg, has a bit of thing for Four Seasons Hotels but today's Flagged hotel review is actually not about the rooms or the restaurant or the pool at the Four Seasons Los Angeles but rather the flowers which are all painstakingly selected by the hotel's owner, Robert Cohen. And Cohen is especially particular about his succulents.
On one of his frequent visits to the hotel, Josh got some time to talk with Robert about his passion for flowers. Take it away Josh!
The gadgets will be loaded with ICE Technology which will enable guests to make restaurant reservations, order room service, book massage at the spa, put in housekeeping requests and call up their Porsche from valet, all through the iPad.
Now, while hotels using iPads in the rooms to perform functions that a telephone once took care of is nothing new, this is a huge step for an older luxury brand like Four Seasons Hotels. And the FS LA is not just the first hotel on the West Coast to have this technology but also the first Four Seasons hotel in the world to feature it. Yeah, they're kind of a big deal.
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Even better, we've got a bunch of photos of a model guestroom at the hotel as well as a pic of the rooftop pool which is sure to be a very welcome addition to LA's hotel rooftop scene. (There's practically no rooftop hotel pools in this part of LA near the Beverly Center save for the SLS Hotel.)
But the Four Seasons didn't just plop in any old pool. No, they brought in a saline pool from Italy which has a cushioned bottom so that your feet never have to scrape a rough pool floor again. The lap of luxury indeed!
Want to lounge on the pool deck but can't afford the room rates at the Four Seasons? You can still enjoy the pool (not to mention the city views) by lunching at the Cabana restaurant which is open from 8am to 6pm.
Or you could also rent out one of the six cabanas for a spa treatment like a manicure, pedicure or a massage. But sorry, renting the cabana for the day (cost: $200) is strictly reserved for hotel guests.
Last week, we showed you some of the prettiest hotel carpeting yet found inside the Four Seasons Los Angeles. Now, as promised, we take you inside one of the guestrooms so you can see for yourself that the hotel isn't just a one-pretty carpeting trick pony.
As we mentioned, these guestrooms are practically brand-new with the hotel having completed the renovation of all guestrooms and suites last January. So now let's step inside a deluxe guestroom on the 9th floor....
There's nothing worse than checking into a luxury hotel only to find that there is some fugly carpeting in the rooms and/or the hallways. Kinda like what happened when we popped into the George V in Paris. Fortunately, at the Four Seasons Los Angeles, that won't be happening.
The hotel completed a renovation of their guestrooms and suites last January and pretty carpeting seems to have been a priority. Check out the guestroom hallway carpeting above. The butterflies are a sweet and whimsical touch (we admittedly went, "Ooo!") yet the dark brown helps keep the hallway traffic dirt hidden. Then in the guestrooms, the palette goes lighter with a salmon and light teal design (see below.)
Once again, Million Dollar Lister Josh Flagg is back, allowing us a peek inside the hotel lifestyles of the rich and famous. Since we'd never be able to afford a penthouse suite, we'll leave it to Josh to give us his nuanced review of these upper echelon hotel rooms. We like to think of him as our very own Eloise--except you know, he's a grown man. Enjoy!
The other weekend I was given the opportunity to "get out of town." And by out of town, I mean away from my home on Avenue of the Stars in Century City and into a suite at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
So at eleven in the morning, the hotel picked up me and my partner, Colton, in their Phantom Rolls and took us and Godzilla (our dog) to the hotel. The complimentary car takes you anywhere around the vicinity of the hotel within a two mile radius. There was even a dog bed for Godzilla in the car which was great because she was wondering where she would be sitting.
When we arrived at the hotel, I suddenly felt like I was in Paris. I guess they use the same fragrance in the lobby as they do at the George V. Whatever it is, I was immediately in a good mood.
When I checked in, a friendly gentleman handed me a fancy little felt pouch and inside were my room keys. I usually get my room keys in an envelope (Ed. Note: You do? We never have.) so I thought this was a very nice touch. I didn't take much luggage with me since it was only a weekend trip and I told the bell hop I did not want any help with my one bag.
When all those new hotels opened in NYC last year, the Los Angeles hotel scene started to feel a little lifeless but like a Real Housewife just back from the doctor's office, things are looking up!
We wrote about this hotel back in July after Curbed reported that an old medical building would be transformed into a boutique hotel. Now the hotel's got a name (an uninspired one at that) and a website.
The ground-up transformation of The Hotel Wilshire, using sustainable resources and green building materials to achieve a LEED Certified designation, is now a fresh and contemporary, eco-friendly boutique hotel. Included in this total makeover is an impressive Penthouse Suite and versatile, multi-media suites with panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills.
Usually, we get pissed at the noise in hotels that's made by other hotel guests but never have we encountered a situation where the noise was coming from a hotel helipad, at least two times a day.
douche honcho, Ryan Kavanaugh, the movie producer who heads Relativity Media had been commuting from his home in Malibu to his office in LA by helicopter (because he's far too important to commute with the plebes on the 10 we guess.)
That helicopter of his was landing at the Sofitel Los Angeles in West Hollywood, pissing off neighbors with the incessant noise (and we imagine it pissed off some hotel guests too.)
The neighbors eventually discovered that the hotel's landing pad was for emergency use only and reported it to the city. Kavanaugh has since stopped his helicopter commutes but the hotel is still keen on making use of their helipad.
The reputation of hotel restaurants as sad, overpriced affairs is quickly falling away as some talented chefs make the eateries destinations of their own. This week, HotelChatter contributor Katherine is taking us to some of the best hotel restaurants in the world.
It's true that molecular gastronomy has become something of a joke. A total joke, in fact. it's a buzzword for culinary frippery; something instantly mocked by the judges on Top Chef (poor, misguided Marcel).
But, when in the hands of a master, it can be a thing of beauty. Jose Andres, originally of Spain, is one of a handful of Ferran Adria acolytes still inventing and garnering respect in the field - though he'll ask you not to use the "molecular gastronomy" handle around him. And although his latest outposts are in Vegas (he opened Jaleo and China Poblano at the Cosmopolitan in December), one of his most extravagant restaurants is The Bazaar, in the SLS Beverly Hills.
Tech geeks that we are, we're always scouring for gadgets we can try out, especially free ones. So we want to test out the Four Seasons Los Angeles's newest amenity, Jambox.
Jambox are palm-sized portable wireless speakers/speakerphones that will work with your smartphone, laptop, iPad, iPods and any other Bluetooth device. You can use them to jam out to music, watch movies or play video games. They also come with a built-in speaker, so they can be employed for conducting conference calls from your room or making a Skype call.
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Good news, celebs! You won't have to tote along your hair-dryer, straightener and other bulky hair tools when you stay at the SLS Hotel from this week. Instead let someone else worry about it and get a professional blowout at the hotel's new Sally Hershberger Style Studio, which opens tomorrow.
The Style Studio is a first for the celeb hair stylist. She's previously tamed the tresses of Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan, so she might just pass muster to handle your hair (we're assuming you don't have to be blonde for her to work on you).