Monica Khemsurov

Avalon Hotel

with Monica Khemsurov www.sightunseen.com
  • Where:Los Angeles, California

  • Why:A mini staycation in the city.

  • When:January 2017

  • Who:Me and my AHL bestie, Yasha Wallin.

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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

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

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

  • Pool/Gym

    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.

  • Wifi

    Free WiFi throughout.

  • Children

    We didn’t see any.

  • Price

    Surprisingly affordable for such an upscale neighborhood.

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