This exquisite hotel, painted "Bel-Air pink", has been a Hollywood hideaway since 1946. Screen legends Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly all sought solace at the enchanting Swan Lake-fronted retreat; today, the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise come here to escape. Nestled in the canyons amongst 12 acres of gardens, lush with pink primroses, scented orange blossoms and blushing bougainvillea, the 103-room Spanish Colonial hideaway retains all the charm of yesteryear with the addition of modern-day flourishes, thanks to a two-year refresh completed in 2011. Guest rooms, suites and public areas, including the Palm Room that’s used for business meetings, feature the latest in technology. Plus, there’s a new 24-hour fitness studio and Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. The whimsical Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is a popular drawcard, as is The Bar & Lounge with newly added garden niches. Despite its faraway feel, Beverly Hills is just a few miles away.
Bel-Air is one of the most exclusive communities in Los Angeles. Many homes here are hidden from the street by towering gates and the locale is home to celebrities and high-profile VIPs. Together with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, it forms the “Platinum Triangle” of Los Angeles neighbourhoods.
701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles,