Housed in a shiny new building, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills nevertheless captures the richness of classic LA living – evident upon entering the expansive two-storey lobby with its giant-bouquet-like chandelier and princely crystal panels. The 170-key hostelry has guest rooms and suites conceived in the Art Deco style by Pierre-Yves Rochon – the wildly indulgent presidential penthouse suite among them, boasting a home theatre and Crestron smart system which controls the electronics.
Sample buttermilk pancakes or caviar at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the venue’s marquee eatery. Or get something a little more laidback in the Lobby Lounge with its offerings of cocktails and low-key breakfasts amid Gallic stylings. But perhaps its finest treasure is The Rooftop by JG, with gaze-holding views of the swimming pool-littered undulations of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles basin.