What a good idea it was to spend a night at the sweet 88-room Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills before going to a big event in town. It’s a little sleeper on posh Rodeo Drive –just steps from retail therapy center–with an amiable staff who check you in while you sit in a comfy chair at a desk at the back entrance where a valet takes your car. Our room was compact and cozy with a king size bed, desk, free WiFi, coffee maker, mini-bar, a nice bathroom stocked with Fiona Shore cosmetics, a tub with a shower and big fluffy robes to wear during your stay. There is also daily newspaper deliver and evening turn down which we failed to get but probably because of the short overnight visit. There are large penthouse suites with balconies and extra amenities. The hotel is also conveniently located to top restaurants (Spago, Ocean Prime, Mastros, Cut, Wolfgang’s, Flemings and more) so once you turn your car over to the friendly valet you never need it again.
One of the nice and newest touches to the property is a priority Club Lounge which serves a filling breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, specialty coffees, breads and cereals; an assortment of snacks during the lunch hour and a happy hour of wine, beer and sparkling wine with rather spartan hors d’oeuvres. They weren’t serving cocktails during our visit but said they would be in the future. So after a glass of wine and a little popcorn we strolled the couple of blocks to our favorite happy hour bar at Wolfgang’s (445 North Canon Drive) where we could order $8 martinis and a fabulous steak salad and fish salad both also for $8, since we didn’t have to drive, we had a couple of glasses of wine too (also $8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bar only).
The lounge, which debuted this month, needs to get the opening kinks out in the food service and didn’t reflect what was written in a press release the night we were there. Supposedly Luxe Hotels Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle crafted the tasting room menu at Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, which displays his love for farm-fresh, sustainable ingredients. It is designed to vary day-to-day, which is probably why we didn’t see the artisan sandwiches or seasonally-inspired salads at the evening offering. But there was a couple of tasty signature crostinis. Afternoon tastes, according to the press release (we weren’t there for this) consists of lighter fare that includes house-made dips, chips and seasonal chilled soups. The lounge, which sits near the back entrance to the hotel, was, according to the hotel, designed to evoke the vibe of an edgy and updated social club, giving guests a “members only” feeling in a modern-day boutique hotel on Rodeo Drive.
“Hotel guests will have the ability to unwind and mingle in this new, intimate social setting while enjoying our signature food pairings, tastings and beverages,” said Luxe Hotels Founder and Chair, Efrem Harkham. “Our new Luxe Club on Rodeo will set up a guest experience that can only be found on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.”
The tasting room is open daily, offering continental breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., with an afternoon tasting menu from 12 p.m. to 2p.m., and an evening taste from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Wine, beer, soft drinks, and coming soon, selected cocktails are poured from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Beverages are available all day long (coffee, tea and water). The Luxe Club on Rodeo costs $35 plus tax, per adult, per night. $20 for ages 12-20, and no charge for children 12 and under.
he hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but you can order room service from Il Fornaio, a local eatery, from your phone and pay by cash or credit card.
Luxe Hotel is located at 360 N Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, phone: 31-273-0300. Rates start at $242 with specials and packages offered.