OneWorld First Class Lounge Los Angeles
OneWorld Business Class Lounge Los Angeles
New Tom Bradley International Terminal Los Angeles Airport
Air France A380 First Class Los Angeles to Paris
Air France First Class Lounge Paris
Air France Business Class Paris to Frankfurt
Frankfurt Christmas Markets
Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt
British Airways Club Europe Frankfurt to London Heathrow
British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow
British Airways A380 First Class London Heathrow to Los Angeles
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
My usual go to hotel in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area is the Andaz West Hollywood, which I quite like and find to be a good value. I’ve always wanted to try the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, which is a Starwood Luxury Collection property. It has a good location, though is consistently priced much higher than the Andaz. SLS has another location in South Beach, with two more properties opening in Las Vegas and New York soon. SLS apparently stands for “Style, Luxury, Service,” for what it’s worth (hey, I asked them, so you guys deserve to know as well).
Since I had one night in LA on my return trip I decided to book the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. As I explained in my previous post about the value of Starpoints, I always struggle with redeeming them given how valuable they are since they can be converted into airline miles, and this booking was no exception.
The SLS is a category six Starwood property, and Cash & Points was available for 10,000 Starpoints plus $180 ($208.04 including tax). That’s certainly not a cheap rate, but at least out of pocket it’s not totally horrible.
Meanwhile the AAA rate was $347.65 ($401.81 including tax), but I really wanted to avoid spending that much if I could on one night for a hotel.
Anyway, due to traffic it took about 45 minutes to get from LAX to the SLS, which has a pretty stunning interior. To the left is the entrance to their restaurant, The Bazaar, and to the right is the entrance to the hotel, which features a red carpet and a pretty cool exterior seating area.
The lobby is really unique, with almost indescribable decor. It feels a little bit like a ski lodge, a little bit like something out of a horror movie, a little bit like something out of a James Bond movie, and a little bit like something you’d expect in Beverly Hills.
Reception is located through the entrance and to the left, where I was quickly welcomed by a friendly associate. Unfortunately no SPG Platinum upgrades were available, though she confirmed the other Platinum benefits, including complimentary internet and 4PM late check-out. She also offered me my choice of Platinum amenities, and I selected the breakfast.
I was assigned room 257, a superior room. When I got out of the elevator on the second floor there was a pool table and some unique lighted print to the right.
My room was located about halfway down the hallway.
At around 400 square feet I thought the room was very large for a standard room. Upon entering the room was a wide entryway, with the bathroom to the left.
To the right, was… well, I’m not exactly sure.
So the room had a ton of mirrors. It was really difficult to photograph the room without making it look like I was making a selfie album. There are mirrors everywhere — in front of the bed, behind the bed, to the side of the bed, in the shower, next to the shower, etc.
The room had a king bed in the middle of the room, then behind the bed was the desk. Ever since seeing “The Conjuring” I’m generally a fan of beds that are in corners or against walls, because that way you only have to watch out for spirits on at most three sides of the bed.
In the corner of the room was a daybed with a coffee table, and next to that were the minibar snacks.
The room faced a residential side street, which was nice and quiet. Contrast that to a room facing Sunset Boulevard at the Andaz West Hollywood, which has a lot more action with some really great views, though is also a lot more distracting. For example, there’s a really bright digital billboard at the Andaz West Hollywood and even if you close the curtains some of the light still seeps through.
Back near the entrance was the bathroom, which featured a sink, toilet, oddly placed towel rack, and shower.
In the bathroom were some Ciel Spa toiletries for purchase, which I found interesting. There was also a complimentary bottle of Evian water.
In terms of the hotel’s other facilities, there’s a huge gym with plenty of equipment on the second floor as well, though unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to use it during this stay.
There was also a business center with some PCs.
And there was a massive, gorgeous rooftop pool on the sixth floor.
While I had intended to have breakfast at the SLS, unfortunately I overslept so wasn’t able to partake.
On the whole I liked the SLS, and found the employees to be friendly and rooms to be large, if not a bit quirky. I’m not sure I liked it more than the Andaz West Hollywood, though, which is consistently priced lower. And that may simply be a function of the Andaz being in West Hollywood and SLS being in Beverly Hills (technically).
If the rate was right I’d certainly return, though.