Secluded Four-Star Estate Minutes from UCLA and Bel Air Attractions
Los Angeles’s Bel Air neighborhood has long been a haven for movie stars, many of whom live in sprawling estates tucked behind tall hedges and fences along Sunset Boulevard. The four-star Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard was made in this mold, a 7-acre property effectively walled off from the outside world—Fodor’s says it “feels like a secluded country club.” Inside, you find elegance and class, a place where you can enjoy a martini in the lounge, play tennis on the onsite court, or relax in the zen-inspired spa. Outside the hotel, the best of Bel Air and neighboring Brentwood is close by, including the UCLA campus (1 mile), The Getty Center (2.2 miles), and Rodeo Drive (5.4 miles).
Back at the hotel, Parisian Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle puts a French twist on the California cuisine served at On Sunset. Enjoy thyme-roasted Alaskan halibut, Japanese pumpkin and sweet potato ravioli, and other upscale dishes on the restaurant’s spacious outdoor patio, complemented with boutique wines and seasonal cocktails from the Luxe Lounge bar. On Sunset also serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch with live jazz music.
Accommodations at the Luxe have a retro-contemporary design that includes custom furniture and flat-screen TVs. Superior king and double rooms spread out across 552 square feet, while executive junior suites provide a generous 672 square feet of lounging room.
In addition to the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, you can feel free to relax with a facial or massage at the Luxe Hotels Sanctuary Spa. There, professional technicians use G.M. Collin products to perform a wide range of treatments, include hydrating Fountain of Youth facials and restorative Sacred hot-stone massages.
Bel Air, Los Angeles: Celebrities, Shopping, and UCLA
Located about 12 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Bel Air forms a third of the city’s affluent Platinum Triangle, along with Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills. Tucked away in the Santa Monica foothills, Bel Air is known for its celebrity residents and their opulent homes, many of which overlook the Los Angeles Basin and nearby Catalina Island. The most prized real estate on the mountain overlooks both the city and the private Bel-Air Country Club.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is located just south in Westwood. A tour of the campus will take you past several landmarks, including Royce Hall, a 1920s building designed after an Italian basilica. To the west of the San Diego Freeway lies Brentwood and the The Getty Center, one of Los Angeles’s most popular art museums. Located on a Santa Monica Mountains hillside, the Richard Meier–designed building features whimsical architecture, manicured gardens, and scenic views of Los Angeles—all before entering the museum. Go inside and you’ll discover priceless works of art, including works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Man Ray, Warhol, and more. If shopping’s more your thing, the high-end boutiques on world-renowned Rodeo Drive are just a 10-minute drive from the hotel.
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