Shopoholics and traveling film-industry execs choose this hip boutique hotel, just three blocks from Rodeo Drive and around the corner from major entertainment offices. The 35 minimalist-chic rooms—furnished with futon-style beds, white down comforters, dark-wood desks, and supple leather chairs—are a little too spare, but you’ll likely spend most of your time people-watching in the common spaces anyway. These include a palm-lined front patio and a Miami-esque lobby-turned-living room, where guests lounge on an oversize L-shaped couch in front of a fireplace.
Tip: For breakfast, skip the French toast bites at the hotel bar in favor of a fresh croissant smeared with sweet Nutella and Oxnard strawberries at Il Tramezzino (454 North Canon Drive; 310-273-0501; www.iltram.net), just west of the hotel, then stroll down North Canon Drive toward South Beverly, a boutique-lined boulevard ideal for window-shopping.
Room to Book: King-size rooms 111 and 210 on the Brighton Street side. Not only do guests get natural light throughout the afternoon, but these rooms are located toward the back of the hallway—away from the restaurant—and are quieter than most.
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