Beverly Hills| Four Seasons, Peninsula & Beverly Hills Hotel

This past week I spend some time visiting 3 of the cities most famous and most luxurious hotels.   Here are my brief thoughts. Unfortunately time doesn’t allow me to write as much as I’d like to.  Feel free to contact me directly for more details and to book.

Location Note | These 3 hotels are in significantly different locations even though they’re fairly close to each other. So that could be a huge factor in deciding where to stay.

Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire | This is the “Pretty Woman” hotel located in the middle of all the shopping. Walk out the door and Rodeo Dr and Beverly Dr are right there.  The building is spectacular and makes a grand entrance all the more enjoyable. The lobby is elegant, not “too” grand (but grand enough) and the “buzz” is fun.  The piano from the movie is still there, but I didn’t see Julia or Richard anywhere.  Love Cut, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant right off the lobby.

Rooms are very nice, with views onto Wilshire (like Tiffany right outside your room?) or west across a broad swath of Los Angeles.  I’d call the style a cross between contemporary and classic. Maybe more classic. It’s also very Four Seasons, which means they put their energy into their service instead of their room design. And that’s not a bad thing.   Beverly Wilshire  details and our exclusive amenities here.

 

The Peninsula|  A few blocks away from the shopping hub of Beverly Hills, it’s about a 10 minute walk straight down Wilshire Boulevard, but in that 10 minute walk you’re passing by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.   The hotel is classic Peninsula with a very 19th century type of feel, and a cross between Asian and French.   But while the rooms and lobby were too feminine for my tastes, the restaurant and pool made up for it. The pool is on the roof, very LA and sexy and hip.  Restaurants are both a the pool or off the lobby and would be a great place to meet your friends or enjoy on your own.  The Peninsula Beverly Hills  details and our exclusive amenities here.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection  |  This classic from 1912 was my favorite, but if you want to walk to shopping don’t stay here. Just take Uber or the hotel’s car — it’s only 5 minutes.   This hotel has the classic feel of being in Southern California and makes you a local. From the famous Polo Lounge (inside or outside patio it’s more like being a guest in Hollywood home) with its amazing service and fabulous hamburgers and salads;  to the pool which is to die for (palm trees, movie stars, cocktails et al); the Fountain Coffee Room (yes, you might be discovered here); the rooms (interesting and very local and some with gas fireplaces); the bungalows (OMG, I mean you can stay in Elizabeth Taylor’s bungalow!)  The Beverly Hills Hotel  details and our exclusive amenities here. We also offer an upgrade at the time of booking here.

 

Four Seasons Los Angeles (on Doheny), Montage, Viceroy L’Ermitage | Did not visit on this trip.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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4 Day Luxury London Getaway

Dorchester is one of those very small luxury hotel companies in Europe, with hotels in the UK, France, Switzerland & Italy.   Plus the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel Air.

Here’s a fun 4 day itinerary for your next jaunt to London..  .Ready to go?

Enjoy, Josh

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josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
415.987.0372 | joshfriedmantravel.com
an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
facebook  twitter  flickr  you tube
four seasons preferred partner

 

Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills | The Bazaar by Jose Andres

the bazaar by jose andresOn my recent trip to Los Angeles to visit my family for the holidays I had the opportunity of dining at one of L.A.’s hottest restaurants in one of L.A.’s most unusual and unknown hotels. This was an 180 degree difference from where I stayed at the Four Seasons Los Angeles on Doheny. [read that blog post here]

I didn’t see the rooms so I won’t comment there, but if the lobby and restaurant are any indication (and they actually are from the photos I’ve seen) be prepared for a very sexy modernist experience.

The Bazaar is bizarre to a degree. Visually, operationally and gastronimcally it’s different from anything I’ve experienced before. The space, in LA style, is huge with many rooms with divergent styles creating the whole. We sat in kind of a library setting, while other areas were more steak house, bar or wine cellar. Everybody then moves to a Las Vegas style fantasy patisserie for dessert.

Operationally the food is prepared in 5 kitchens and is delivered to your table by a host of servers, each one describing in detail what they are delivering. This was quite handy since it was pretty unclear from the menu exactly what we were ordering. In one quite amusing mistake, the server told me that my gazpacho’s garnish (somewhat traditional but super intense tomato flavor and spicy) was a watermelon ball. Not being a fan of watermelon and since one of my dining companions was my 13 year old nephew who loves the stuff, I gave it to him. His expression was priceless.  Just imagine a big yuck!  About 30 minutes later we found out from another server that that was actually a cherry tomato, skin peeled, and soaked in some type of vinagrette.

The food style was tapas, about half traditional Spanish and half modern, not necessarily Spanish.  Like phily cheesesteak vs jamon iberico or “Butifarra” pork sausage with white beans and ceps Senator Moynihan.  I’m not a restaurant critic so I won’t go into details. My partner John thought the meal was reminiscent of Comerc 24 in Barcelona, which he loved. I’d describe it as nouvelle tapas – each dish loaded with contrasting intense and delicate flavors. And portions were small (typical tapas) so I tended to eat slowly to savor each morsel. I will admit that the couple next to us was thinking of going to In-N-Out Burger for dessert. Oh well.

Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA and abroad, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler and management of study abroad groups. Business services include high-touch reservations, exclusive hotel and airline offers.  His relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful business or leisure trip.

For more information, to learn about our exclusive benefits, and to book, please contact Josh at 415.248.507, 800.553.4777 or by email. Associated with Casto, a member of the prestigious Virtuoso Travel network.  Be a big fish in our small pond.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles Review

 

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Four Seasons Los Angeles Review
aka Four Seasons Beverly Hills on Doheny

 
 
 L.A. is huge but despite its reputation it’s not that hard to get around. You have to be patient because of the traffic but besides that it’s not bad. That said, this particular hotel is in a great location, with easy access to Rodeo Drive (e.g. Van Cleef and Arpels or Nate n Al’s — a 4 minute drive by complimentary Rolls Royce or 20 minute walk), West Hollywood (minutes), Beverly Center (minutes or walk), the Valley or Downtown (30 minutes).
 
Here’s my personal review from my stay there over Christmas 2010. 
  • Unique location in a residential area allows for a quiet stay. Walking and jogging are easy. If you want privacy, it’s easy in and out. There is no walk-by traffic.
  • With 16 stories you can get awesome views of LA, with either a Pacific sunset or Downtown sunrise over the Hollywood sign.
  • The lobby is like the neighborhood. Quiet and discreet. The feel of the hotel is old-fashioned 20th century Beverly Hills. It, like the rooms, is very comfortable but not going to win any design awards. But the flowers and holiday decorations were worth the price of admission.
  • Power brokering goes on in the nearby bar and restaurant which are very contemporary in a departure from the rest of the place. I liked the healthy breakfast options too.
  • Good size pool for fun and laps.  6-8 person hot tub.
  • Adjacent indoor/outdoor fitness area. Gets a bit nippy in the winter and a bit on the small size. Nearby spa is also small but how much space do you need for a massage.
  • And service. Four Seasons knows how to knock it to you. Everywhere the staff is stellar. The doormen, the bell guys, Front Desk. The housekeepers. Almost everybody we came into contact with really shined. There was one lapse, but I suppose even a Four Seasons employee can have a bad hair day.
  • If booked through our agency, you’ll receive a fabulous free breakfast,  upgrade if available and likely another very nice amenity. Preferred Partner program.

 

For my complete set of photos from this trip and others, visit my photo home page.

 rolls royce beverly hillsJosh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises and customized vacations.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA and abroad, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler. Business services include high-touch reservations, exclusive hotel and airline offers.  His relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful trip.

For more information, to learn about our exclusive benefits, and to book, please contact Josh at 415.248.5079, 800.553.4777 or via email.  Associated with Casto, a member of the prestigious Virtuoso Travel network.  Be a big fish in our small pond.