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
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.