Hotel Watch: Keys to Hollywood

Besides a convertible and industry contacts, the most important thing you need to navigate an L.A. weekend is a room with Hollywood mystique. Boutique, Deco or classic, there’s a home for you in the land of sunshine, stars, and stop-and-go traffic.

by Michael M. Clements

Private poolside cabana at Blue on Blue restaurant at the Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills.

Private poolside cabana at Blue on Blue restaurant at the Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills.

AVALON

Classic California ’50s Cool

The Buzz: A hidden oasis for those “in the know.” By day, stroll from this quiet residential nook to Rodeo Drive; by night, chill Vegas-style with cocktails by the pool.

History: Formerly the Beverly Carlton, built in 1949; redesigned in 1999.

Design: Mix of contemporary and classic-vintage that celebrates mid-20th century Cali patio life.

Rooms: 86 guest rooms and suites in three separate buildings

Amenities: Hourglass pool is property focal point. Penthouse garden terrace is a party spot guaranteed to raise any host’s social status.

Restaurant: Blue on Blue pool-side restaurant and bar serves modern American cuisine with California flair (ask for the semi-private cabanas). Coming for after-dinner cocktails? Be prepared to prove you are on the guest list.

Get there: 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-277-5221, www.avalonbeverlyhills.com.

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