Hotel Watch: Keys to Hollywood

Bar Noir at Maison 140 is a cozy pre-dinner rendezvous spot

Bar Noir at Maison 140 is a cozy pre-dinner rendezvous spot

MAISON 140

A mandarin French Kiss in Beverly Hills

The Buzz: Located behind the Peninsula Hotel, Maison 140 is everything the big hotel isn’t: funky, quiet, discreet… and those dark, film-noir hallways are oh-so rock-star chic (Guest can attest to that).

History: Built in 1939, the hotel was originally an apartment building owned by silent film star .

Design: Dark and sophisticated. A red-laquered front door opens to a 1920’s “Chinoiserie” world which hints to a Parisian Left Bank inn.

Rooms: There are 43 guest rooms with Louis XIV chairs, wallpapered ceilings and zebra rugs – it’s just like lounging at home! All rooms are equally decorated… and equally priced.

Amenities: Access to fitness room and pool at nearby Avalon hotel.

Restaurant: The tiny Bar Noir has stylish black and white slipper chairs for quiet conversations, but doesn’t serve food. Still, free wine tastings each night are a tasty perk.

Get there: 140 South Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-281-4000, www.maison140beverlyhills.com.

CHAMBERLAIN

West Hollywood’s Art Deco Spot

The Buzz: Don’t let the picturesque tree-lined street fool you – you’re two blocks from Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards in the heart of WEHO (Good luck getting a room in June during the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade).

History These former Summerfield Suites went through a $5.5 million transformation in March 2005.

Design: The lobby and restaurant are Art Deco fab, with daring lamps and lavishly tiled floors; the rooms are more peacefully walled in muted blues, grays, greens and whites.

Rooms: 112 rooms and suites.

Amenities: A rooftop pool with billowy Arabian nights cabanas and a hot Hollywood view will charm the most jaded of travelers.

Restaurant: The Atrium Restaurant is sun-drenched by day but becomes a dimly-lit intimate bistro at night.

Get there: 1000 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood, 310-657-7400, www.chamberlainwesthollywood.com.

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