Hotel Bel Air has recently re-opened after what was reportedly a $100 million rebuilding of the landmark.
Owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei who also owns the London-based luxury hotel Dorchester Group, the new Bel Air hotel is already making heads spin with it’s luxurious upgrades and refurbishing. The formally dreary 12-acre hotel is nestled in the woods of rustic Bel Air is now a bright, romantic, accommodating and pleasurable luxury hotel.
All rooms have been outfitted with fast wireless Internet service and each has an iPad to control room temperature, lighting and to order room service. Alisha Mahon, in-house PR, said that they have built a cellphone tower to make reception more available.
The hotel’s reception, spa and all rooms and suites were designed by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. The Rockwell Group designed the restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. The hotel’s signature swans (Chloe, Athena and Hercules) have been returned to their Swan Lake below the footbridge and the birds are back gliding along the property.
The 103-room hotel was opened in 1946 and in the 1980s, the Rosewood Hotel people bought it. It was always a hideaway within this city, where many an illicit romance was conducted away from the prying eyes of the press and public. The bar was (and will be again) the most romantic drinking spot in the city, and is also often used for business meetings.
Chef Wolfgang Puck and his company have taking over all of the food operations for the hotel, including room service, breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a new two-story fitness studio and Spa by La Prairie. It is an impressive 4,134 sq. ft, and stunning. The 12 new hillside accommodations (from $1,900 to $4,800 per night) have sweeping canyon views, there are now three ‘loft’ guestrooms, which have a special rate of some $565 dollars a day for a basic room until the end of the year.
Source: Huffington Post