A Star is Reborn: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills

A $12-million renovation brings cinematic style to Westwood

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In your world, it’s the details that count. Like the yoga mat in your guest room, should the urge to assume warrior pose overwhelm you. Like the valet who greets your poodle by name, treating your beloved friend with the politeness and respect they fully deserve. Like the umbrella in the closet—the one thing you always forget to bring to L.A.

Yes, it’s the little things that make the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills your go-to hotel when you’re visiting the City of Angels.

Pastries from Double Take in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
Pastries at Double Take | Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills, Facebook

You start your day with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool, followed by breakfast at the Palomar’s in-house restaurant, Double Take. You appreciate that they serve LAMILL cold drip and orange rosemary scones—adventurous flavor pairings in baked goods make you feel alive

Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
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You note that the upscale modern decor riffs on the Hollywood backlot aesthetic, with its exposed ceiling designed like a lighting grid, and nods to cinematic history.

Your imagination sparked, you decide to work on your screenplay on your laptop in the lounge, where they’re kind enough to bring you items from Double Take’s menu. You reward yourself with savory breakfast polenta with poached egg, forest mushrooms and bacon marmalade. You write bacon marmalade into your script as a key plot point, and thank the Palomar gods for delivering.

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA
Photo courtesy of Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

You like the Palomar’s Westwood location—it's less than a mile to the UCLA campus (your alma mater, you studied screenwriting there), 20 minutes to West Hollywood, and 20 minutes to the beach if you take Wilshire Boulevard all the way and let it spit you out on the sand. But you’d rather not battle traffic today, and Westwood - one of L.A.’s lesser-known neighborhoods, has plenty to keep you amused.

Heatherwick Studio, "Spun Chair" at the Hammer Museum
Heatherwick Studio, "Spun Chair," 2007-11 | Photo courtesy of Hammer Museum, Facebook

You wander around the contemporary art collection at the marvelous Hammer Museum, where works by Doug Aitken, Mary Kelly and Barbara Kruger give you pause for thought. In the forecourt, you take a seat in the strange spinning chairs alongside a dozen strangers, spinning and rocking next to you, as you contemplate the ebb and flow of life. Hammer admission is always free. That’s another detail you appreciate.

Marilyn Monroe's crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park
Marilyn Monroe’s crypt | Photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk, Flickr

You take a stroll around Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, a serene oasis designated Historical-Cultural Monument No. 731 by the city of Los Angeles. It's the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe, Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote, John Cassavetes, the Gabor sisters, Bettie Page, Dean Martin, and Frank Zappa—those whose work have creatively informed your entire life path, you realize. The history of Hollywood, quiet, dignified, and at rest before you, inspires a tear or two.

Short Rib "Pot Roast" at Double Take in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
Short Rib "Pot Roast" at Double Take | Instagram by @doubletakela

So many thoughts fill your head, you contemplate them with an Otto's Cocktail (Herradura blanco, mezcal-chipotle tincture, lime, agave, cilantro and baby tomatoes) by Double Take mixology mistress Sarah Mengoni, paired with a dish by Chef Bryan Podgorski, formerly of The French Laundry, the iconic Napa restaurant that changed your life that one time.

Game Room at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
Game Room | Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills, Facebook

After dinner, you beat a stranger at pool in the Game Room. You try your luck on the vintage skee-ball machine and as your balls hurtle toward the target, your mind drifts to thoughts of time, space and the cosmos; notions that linger as you immerse yourself in the Fuji soaking tub back in your suite. Your soul and the water as one, you thank the Palomar, yet again, for the special details—the things that make the bigger picture come alive.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills 
10740 Wilshire Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90024 
(310) 475-8711