The Avalon Hotel, LA

BATD ON Apr 08, 2011 AT 10:46 am

The Avalon lobby

The Avalon lobby

Set a couple of blocks away from the famous department store Barney’s, The Avalon Hotel feels like a hidden secret in Beverly Hills. Although if you arrived at lunch time or early evening you will realise that many people know it and love it here, it has lively atmosphere downstairs without being to Hollywood ‘sceney’, it’s a mixed crowd with lots of interesting guests coming through the doors. The hotel has heaps of history, famously known as the place where Marilyn Monroe once stayed, you can almost feel the history in the walls and the kidney shaped pool has surely seen some pretty decadent times. During my stay though it felt secluded, private and a great place to relax away from the crowds and noise of a larger hotel, very boutique.

The Restaurant

The Restaurant

My room had a floor to ceiling wall of windows, so it was really light and had all the necessary essentials, a good bed, big TV, an iron, board and hairdryer. Wi-fi in the room was $11 a day and it was a small bathroom, but it was fine for just me and my army of products and had a good shower, well stocked with jumbo sized, complimentary Neil George products. Most of the rooms looked over the pool area, I was down the hall over the car-park so when booking try and get a room that has a little balcony and is poolside. My room felt very private and peaceful and I liked the open corridors, it was cold (I know, so unlucky) during my trip but if it was hot, this would be nice as the whole hotel felt very open and outdoorsy.

The Pool area

The Pool area

Oliverio, the restaurant and bar is small, but I liked that, as it had a cosy atmosphere and felt very intimate, especially as the staff were super friendly and really made you feel welcome and well looked after. There were plenty of tables around the pool, but as I said too chilly! I had two meals in the restaurant and tea and cake, they were all delicious. The chef is Italian and you can really taste his passion in the food, it tasted very homemade and I absolutely recommend you try out the restaurant even if you are not staying in the hotel. Lemon polenta pudding cake was so good, my mouth is watering just writing about it, but the savouries were good too, his roast chicken was a huge comfort food winner, I scraped the plate clean, you don’t see many, make that any, women in LA ever do that!

Turn left out of the hotel and walk up Beverly Drive, where there are plenty of boutiques, restaurants and snack bars, I liked Cabbage Patch for a quick healthy lunch that doesn’t come with a Beverly Hills price tag . As you hit Wilshire Boulevard you can turn left to Barneys and Saks or right to Rodeo Drive > decisions! You are sure to star spot in Beverly Hills, I saw Amanda Peet, Don Johnson, Leanne Rimes and Eddie Cibriani all in my first day so keep your celeb radar turned on… discreetly of course!

The Avalon Hotel

For details and see the latest offers visit the website www.avalonbeverlyhills.com
Avalon Beverly Hills  9400 West Olympic Boulevard Beverly Hills, California 90212  T +1 310 277 5221
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