Monica Khemsurov

Avalon Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:A mini staycation in the city.
  • When:January 2017
  • Who:Me and my AHL bestie, Yasha Wallin.
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Avalon Hotel Our bedroom, with a super comfy bed and trees lining the window, fooling you into thinking you’re not smack in the middle of the city.

Our bedroom, with a super comfy bed and trees lining the window, fooling you into thinking you’re not smack in the middle of the city.

Avalon Hotel The interior of the restaurant is a crazy jumble of patterns and styles — plaid meets mid-century wood meets luxe marble paneling. Yet somehow it works.

The interior of the restaurant is a crazy jumble of patterns and styles — plaid meets mid-century wood meets luxe marble paneling. Yet somehow it works.

Avalon Hotel On the other side of the pool lies the hotel restaurant, Viviane, whose food is really excellent. And the cocktails, by star mixologist Ryan Wainwright, are too.

On the other side of the pool lies the hotel restaurant, Viviane, whose food is really excellent. And the cocktails, by star mixologist Ryan Wainwright, are too.

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Avalon Hotel Colored murals line each of the pool cabanas, some of which are more like little living rooms. We could imagine spending the day writing a screenplay in one of these.

Colored murals line each of the pool cabanas, some of which are more like little living rooms. We could imagine spending the day writing a screenplay in one of these.

Avalon Hotel Another view of the pool sitch.

Another view of the pool sitch.

Avalon Hotel The hotel rooms all look out onto a central courtyard with a kidney-shaped pool and a series of cozy shaded cabanas, which was empty during our visit thanks to the unseasonably cold and rainy L.A. winter.

The hotel rooms all look out onto a central courtyard with a kidney-shaped pool and a series of cozy shaded cabanas, which was empty during our visit thanks to the unseasonably cold and rainy L.A. winter.

Avalon Hotel Also in the lobby — a cluster of surreal totems and an Archizoom sofa that felt almost TOO fancy for the Avalon’s essentially motel-like setup. Almost.

Also in the lobby — a cluster of surreal totems and an Archizoom sofa that felt almost TOO fancy for the Avalon’s essentially motel-like setup. Almost.

Avalon Hotel The Kelly Wearstler–designed lobby is straight out of Palm Springs (where the Avalon’s sister hotel resides).

The Kelly Wearstler–designed lobby is straight out of Palm Springs (where the Avalon’s sister hotel resides).

Avalon Hotel It also had a marble-topped dining table where we ordered room service twice just to eat the hotel’s inexplicably delicious hummus.

It also had a marble-topped dining table where we ordered room service twice just to eat the hotel’s inexplicably delicious hummus.

Avalon Hotel The living room of our little suite had a super chill vibe and a 50s-meets-70s décor. That white leather chair!

The living room of our little suite had a super chill vibe and a 50s-meets-70s décor. That white leather chair!

Avalon Hotel A sitting area near the elevators whose weird, tooth-like side chair reminded us daily that we weren’t staying at a soul-less chain hotel.

A sitting area near the elevators whose weird, tooth-like side chair reminded us daily that we weren’t staying at a soul-less chain hotel.

Highs & Lows

  • Our room’s décor was so refreshingly un-boring — the furthest thing from Ace-like cliché hipster or cookie-cutter corporate.

  • We had a dressing room. With a dressing table. Fancy.

  • That amazing marble-lined bar.

  • Kelly Wearstler did a great job with what she inherited, but the not-so-cozy retro-ness of the hotel’s architecture isn’t for everyone

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Retro urban oasis.

  • Vibe

    See “urban oasis” above — the Avalon is just two blocks from the intersection of Beverly Blvd. and Olympic, yet our room was just. so. chill.

  • Location

    On a surprisingly quiet corner in Beverly Hills.

  • Rooms

    85

  • Music

    We didn’t hear any.

  • Year Opened

    1949, but it was totally redone by Wearstler in 1999.

  • Designed By

    Kelly Wearstler

  • Health & Wellness

    A pool and a gym, plus suites with living areas large enough to do Youtube yoga in.

  • Restaurant

    Viviane, which hits the perfect balance of fine, but not too fine, dining.

  • Bar

    A marble-lined beauty inside the restaurant.

  • Minibar

    Nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Children

    We didn’t see any.

  • Price

    Surprisingly affordable for such an upscale neighborhood.

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