465 S La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9004834.0698 -118.3764
Daily 24 hours
Neighborhoods: Beverly Hills
totally outrageous (in a good way) if you can afford it – Went here and although I wouldn't necessarily swing the $450 a night, this place really is out of control--like in a crazy, outlandish like-nothing-else sort of way. Of course, it's got the Philippe Starck imprint everywhere--clear glass deer heads, his Flos gold rifle and bigass horse lamps, a million different kinds of priceless chairs, funny anochronistic paintings--so it maintains that tacky-tasteful balance. (Often leaning a bit on the tacky side.) Anyway, the rooms are gorgeous with faux fur throws and Mies van de Rohe-like seats and mirror/TV screens and even the stationary is custom-made with that cute little monkey emblem. BOth the private and public dining areas are very cool and there's so much to see it would take all day just to soak it all in (love those weird voodoo-like doll heads at Moss and the black pig table at the pool). Food is pretty subpar, but the scenery is really worth checking out.
Crazy, quirky, cool: This luxe fantasyland is bringing relaxation to L.A. by way of designer Philippe Starck and the ubiquitous SBE Group. – In Short
Drive up to this hulking tower on the corner of La Cienega and you'll soon realize this is far from your average hotel. For one thing, there are separate lobby entrances (and dining areas) for those staying and those merely visiting. Call it obnoxious or call it genius, but the idea actually makes sense ... at least when you're dealing with such a highbrow crowd (who also happens to love impossibly expensive lowbrow art--framed monkey paintings and gold gun-shaped lamps, anyone?). Depending on where you look inside this 297-room palace, SLS can mean anything from "Service Luxury Style" to "Savor Life's Sweetness" or even "Satan Loves Sinners." Whatever it is, one thing's for sure: This place treats life like a bacchanalian party, no matter the cost. (And around here, that ain't cheap.) Each floor has its own gorgeous slate-gray billiards table and each room features a floor-to-ceiling mirror-like panel that, with the push of a button, reveals a flatscreen TV. Oh, and don't forget the full-size toiletries (all specially made for SLS) and Christian Lacroix-designed water bottles, thank you very much. There are five onsite restaurants, a museum-like Moss gift shop, a sprawling spa and 24-hour fitness room, and a 6th floor rooftop retreat framed in various-sized floor mirrors, century-spanning furnishings and two pools--one for wading and sunning, the other for swimming. It's all ridiculously and irresistibly over the top.
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