HOTEL BEL-AIR (ABOVE IMAGE FROM GOOGLE)A REFRESHING LUNCH POOLSIDE TO SOAK UP THE SUN, GRILLED SHRIMP & VEGGIESSUNGLASSES/OLIVER'S PEOPLES(ABOVE IMAGE FROM GOOGLE)SERENE VIEWS FROM MY ROOMBESIDES FROM GETTING TO WAKE UP TO THE CRISP AIR OF THE HILLS, I LOOKED FORWARD TO SMELLING THIS BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET EVERY MORNING! (IMAGE FROM MY INSTAGRAM @HAUSOFCOLOR)LUNCHED AT MATSUHISA, THE ORIGINAL RESTAURANT FROM CHEF NOBU (IMAGE FROM MY INSTAGRAM @HAUSOFCOLOR)THE LOBBY OF THE HOTEL HAS A GORGEOUS FIREPLACE & LOUNGE AREA FOR DELICATE MORNINGS AND ROMANTIC NIGHTS MY CHILL DIINER OUTFIT AND FIRST TIME WEARING THESE ZARA SHOES, WHICH WERE SURPRISINGLY QUITE COMFORTABLE! (IMAGE FROM MY INSTAGRAM @HAUSOFCOLOR) HAD BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT BY WOLFGANG PUCK BEFORE FLYING BACK TO VEGAS USUALLY DRINK MY COFFE BLACK, BUT I COULDN'T RESIST THE FRESH SUGAR CUBES :)HAD 2 SOFT BOILED EGGS AND STEAMED VEGGIES FOR BREAKFAST, INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS! ONE LAST PHOTO TO CAPTURE THE AMAZINGNESS OF THIS ARRANGEMENT BEFORE I PACK IT UP AND BRING IT HOME! IMAGE FROM MY INSTAGRAM @HAUSOFCOLORGOODBYE LA, IT WAS NICE TO SEE A DIFFERENT SIDE OF YOU! *VEGAN NAIL POLISH IN "MYNT" BY LVXMY ATTEMPT AT REARRANGING THE FLOWERS, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO PRESERVE THEM FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE BY REFRIGERATING IT! ^_^
Whenever I go to LA, I am usually very pressed for time and much of it is business rather than pleasure. This trip however, I got to spend a few days enjoying the beautiful hills and soaking up the sun with only minimal work to do.
I got into LAX from Las Vegas with a 57 minute airtime flight, easypeasy. ✈ Most of my time was spent in relaxation by the pool with a little bit of shopping, a lot of eating, catching up on sleep, and working in between.
Interestingly, Hotel Bel-Air was rumored to be the secret rendezvous spot for Marilyn Monroe & John F. Kennedy back in the day. There's plenty of memorabilia photos of MM throughout the property, which gave me a cool eerie feeling that she once upon a time graced the same corridors that I was passing through.
The property is nestled in the plush hills of Beverly/Los Angeles area and it is somewhat of a time warp. I say this because the valet attendants, bellhop, and especially housekeepers have uniforms that look like it's never been updated since its opening back in the 40's. I assume the hotel strategically did this to keep a reminding piece of its old Hollywood glamour. Although the outfits were pretty much horrid (to say the least) I found it actually charming and quite fitting for the place.
The service there was impeccable! You were always greeted with a friendly "hello" followed by a "is there anything I can help you with Ms. _______." I could tell that every person was trained with the utmost standard of hospitality.