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No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to its star-studded neighbor, Beverly Hills. Home to the world famous Rodeo Drive and the world’s most loved celebrities, making Beverly Hills a destination in itself. A quick one-day trip is a great way to explore the neighbourhood and our recommendations below will ensure that you don’t break the bank while doing it!
Explore Rodeo Drive
Boasting many of the world’s most popular high fashion brands and their flagship stores, Rodeo Drive is the modern day shopper’s mecca. Even if shopping isn’t your idea of a good time, Rodeo Drive is great for people watching or soaking up some of that famous Californian sunshine.
Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
This 40 minute tour takes you along Rodeo Drive and through the Beverly Hills neighbourhood for a general introduction to the area. At a mere $5 US per person, this bargain tour is a great way to familiarise yourself with Beverly Hills and learn a little about its glamorous history with the fun onboard live narration.
Spadena House aka The Witch’s House
Take a short walk, or go on the Trolley Tour featured above, to get a glimpse of the quaint landmark that is the Spadena House. Only open for charity events, the house can only be viewed from the outside but it is worth the walk for a great photo opportunity.
For some more tips visit http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/ .
Chaumont Bakery & Café
A couple of blocks away from Rodeo Drive is the cute Chaumont Bakery & Café. Enclosed in its modern white walled and high ceilinged venue is some of Beverly Hills’ most delicious baked goods. The reasonably priced food is a far cry from the astronomical prices of the restaurants in the Rodeo Drive area making it a great place to stop after a busy day exploring. Our personal recommendation is the Avocado and Fetta Tartine which is the best brunch combination we tried on our USA trip.
Where// 143 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States
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SLS Beverly Hills
The five star accommodation choices in Beverly Hills are endless. From classic grandeur to minimalistic chic to art boutique accommodation, Beverly Hills has it all, making your accommodation decision all that more difficult. But never fear, we have the perfect choice for you, The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Situated on the outskirts of Beverly Hills close to the fun of West Hollywood, the SLS Beverly Hills is perfectly located. Local eateries and restaurants and the Beverly Hills Center Shopping Mall are all within walking distance.
SLS Beverly Hills guest rooms feature plush beds adorned with luxury linens and faux fur throws are a standard addition in all rooms. Ambient amber lights illuminate the room to create a feeling of warmth mostly absent from other hotel rooms. Open spaces in the room provide ample space to move around and store all your shopping. A compact but functional bathroom featuring a modern free standing bath, which doubles as a shower, utilizes the limited space perfectly.
The SLS boasts a rooftop pool, Ciel Spa and hair dresser, fitness center and business center. All the facilities are first class and access is included in the room rate ensuring your every need is catered to during your stay. As an added and fun bonus, each level boasts a pool table to be used at your leisure.
Famed culinary genius, Jose Andres, is the mastermind behind the SLS’s three dining venues. Featuring his signature Bazaar restaurant for a fine dining experience, Tres for a more casual all-day dining experience, and Altitude Pool Deck, the simple but delicious poolside offering, the SLS has a different dining experience for all times of the day. Advance reservations at The Bazaar are highly recommended.
The SLS Beverly Hills is a great luxury option when staying in Los Angeles. The rooms are clean and modern, the location is convenient, and its facilities and dining options are extensive.The high price tag is not for the budget traveller but is in line with most of the hotels in the area.
Where// 465 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90048
Wifi? Complimentary public areas; $14.95 for three devices in-room