For someone with UCLA connections and a penchant for glamour, the stylish W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills is your ideal retreat. The hotel is located in the foothills of Bel-Air just steps from the UCLA campus, and conveniently located near the shopping mecca of Beverly Hills.
An ivy-covered entrance with glowing emerald-hued stairs invites you into the technicolor lobby which has flashes of pink and gold. Immediately you feel like you’re in an exclusive party. There’s a lavish 12-foot waterfall and modern light installations as well-heeled business types, fashionable tourists, and the occasional UCLA medical resident circle through the lobby.
The hotel is pet-friendly, so you’ve brought your well-behaved chihuahua pup along. She hangs happily from your purse as you pass posh sapphire and silver hallways and dream-like images of underwater sirens by photographer Amber Gray.
You enter a huge, glam 800 square-foot room with en vogue ombre side tables, a swank silver leaf bathroom wallpaper, more stunning Amber Gray works, and a backlit floor-to-ceiling headboard that crowns a plush king-sized bed. You could lounge here all afternoon but the SoCal sun is calling.
Outside you find WET, the stylish pool ringed by cabanas and long-necked trees. You order a margarita at the cool Airstream bar, Bar V and stretch out on a lounger with a Vogue in hand. You half-dip into the aqua-hued waters and are pleasantly surprised it’s a heated salt water pool—so you dive right in.
Recharged from pool time, you head to the hotel's signature restaurant, STK Los Angeles which is helmed by renowned chef Robert Liberato. Your daughter is meeting you here for dinner, and she tells you she’s rubbed elbows with Courtney Cox and Mario Lopez here, so you’re on the lookout for potential celeb sightings. You catch up over juicy, darkly seared steaks from STK’s 1,000-degree broiler and an order of the decadent lobster mac & cheese as you take in the restaurant’s black-and-white motifs and glitzy surroundings. You’re having so much fun scoping out your well-heeled fellow diners and hearing about your daughter’s favorite art history class you order a round of ginger mojitos.
There’s a DJ spinning some sexy jams in the hotel’s lobby bar so you strike it to the Living Room Bar for another cocktail or two. You marvel at the modern light fixtures which are blinking in time to the DJ's beats, and raise a glass to your daughter finishing her finals. Tomorrow you’ll hop in an Uber to cruise together to Rodeo Drive to celebrate with a sparkling Tiffany & Co. purchase for her, and a new Louis Vuitton for you.
In the afternoon you might soak up some culture at the nearby Hammer Museum (where Jay Z and Beyonce were recently spotted)—or you’ll just hang by the pool continuing your own personal party in the cabana to the pulse of the clubby beats as you watch the sun set against the palms.
W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills
930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles 90024