An exclusive and storied Bel Air hideaway

58 Rooms / 45 Suites

A visit to the 1946 Hotel Bel-Air will transport you back to Hollywood's glamorous golden age. After two years of renovations, the fresh-faced hotel has perfectly captured old Hollywood style (blush-tinted Spanish colonial architecture and tropical foliage, while the interior features refined, contemporary design).

Hotel Bel-Air sits on 12 acres of lush gardens in the Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, so the view from any of the 58 guest rooms and 45 suites is tropical.

World-renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck oversees all culinary operations at the hotel, serving fresh and modern California cuisine at his eponymous restaurant, which favors al fresco dining.

When you need to recharge, head to Hotel Bel-Air Spa. With seven treatment rooms, a mosaic steam room and top-notch service, it'll be tough not to relax in the L.A. oasis.

Our Inspector’s Highlights

• The Spanish Mission-style hotel is spread out on several levels, built into the hills of Bel-Air; gorgeous California foliage and flowers are found throughout the many walkways and hidden alcoves.

• Celebrities and VIPs head to Hotel Bel-Air for its discreet and personal service and you can expect the same, from prompt and private in-room check-in to personal instructions on how to use the high-tech guest room gadgets.

• The indoor-outdoor West Coast way of life is seen throughout the hotel, from generous-sized terraces equipped with remote-controlled fire pits to open-air seating at the excellent restaurant by Wolfgang Puck, a must-visit spot.

• The secluded setting and abundant gardens make it a coveted destination for celebrations big and small. The enchanting Swan Lake, where swans glide over sparkling water beneath a 100-year-old Sycamore, has been the setting of many fairytale weddings throughout the years.

• The Five-Star Hotel Bel-Air Spa is a lovely retreat with top-notch treatments. We recommend one of the transformative facials and/or a stress-busting massage.

What to Know

• The parking is valet-only. There is very little street parking in tony Bel Air, so you’ll have to leave your car with the valet.

• The location is secluded. Beloved for its privacy, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is in the canyons of Los Angeles. While seclusion is paramount here, you will need to drive if you want to visit any sights, restaurants or shops outside of the hotel.

• The L.A. hotel books up quickly: The Dorchester Collection hotel is a hot spot for both visitors and the well-heeled locals. Be prepared to book early and pay elevated rates if you choose to visit during awards season (generally late January through February).

The Rooms

• Each of 58 guest rooms and 45 suites has a different layout. While the Grand Suite exudes masculinity, with eucalyptus wood and leather accents, the Swan Lake Suite has a more gentle, feminine effect, thanks for butterfly wall details and bamboo tile design.

• All rooms feature innovative technology, like iPads and Bang & Olufsen televisions, plus luxurious details like walk-in closets, heated marble flowers, rain showers, Egyptian cotton linens and more.

• Rooms with north-facing windows open up to a view of the Bel Air canyons, while south-facing accommodations look out over Century City — and the higher the room, the more these sweeping vistas improve.

• Reserve a room in the former horse stables for a pool view and easy access to swimming and sunbathing, or book a Canyon Room, which features its own outdoor space with a plunge pool and fireplace.

Nearby Attractions

• Hotel Bel-Air is just one mile west of Beverly Hills, where you can go shopping on the famed Rodeo Drive. 

• Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica are about eight miles away, which means the ocean is just a short drive from the luxury hotel. Stroll down the boardwalk at the Santa Monica Pier or explore the rocky cliffs and coves along the Malibu coast.

• The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is as famous for its architecture, gardens and stunning views as it is for its collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures.

• The epic Hollywood Bowl amphitheater hosts musical acts of all genres — from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Mariah Carey. Bring a picnic dinner or choose from an array of fine alfresco, pre-concert dining.

• A Mercedes courtesy car can take you anywhere within a three-mile radius, including to sister property The Beverly Hills Hotel.

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