As we rolled up to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills in our over-the-top Cadillac Escalade we knew we were in for a weekend filled with luxury, a stimulation of the senses and beautiful people. It’s the kind of hotel where you want to look your best at all times because there’s no telling who you may run into – hot to trot business men, provocative starlets, charming leading men or handsome Vancouver hockey legends like Trevor Linden (honestly, if we run into him in the hallway of our hotel in Los Angeles, isn’t it meant to be?).
The hotel is designed by Philippe Starck, the world renowned Parisian interior designer, and is the brainchild of Sam Nazarian, a man who is often described as king of the Los Angeles nightlife scene. Together they created a playground for the sophisticated adult. We would love to poke around in each of their brains to have a glimpse of what it takes to produce such an intricate and sexy hotel.
The service and attention that was lavished upon us made us feel like royalty, and judging by the people around us, we weren’t the only ones receiving excellent attention. As the bellboy opened the door to our suite and wheeled our bags in, we both audibly sighed in unison. The spacious suite was likely as big as a one bedroom condo in downtown Vancouver, the bathroom itself being bigger than a kitchen. We even had a very large patio where we could entertain at least 5 people comfortably. We had no doubts we could find said people, but our neighbours, with their open windows in close proximity, may not enjoy the camaraderie, unless of course they joined in on the fun.
As soon as the bellboy left, we explored. While an average hotel room has its standard toiletries, stationary, and perhaps a few glossy magazines to flip through, the details in each room of the SLS leave you wanting to linger.
From the plush robes and soft fur throw on the bed, to the colourful goblets and contrasting Sinner and Saint themed mini bar goodies – it’s a sensual delight.
Becoming acquainted with our surroundings, we began to pick up on a few themes, such as chandeliers, apples, monkeys and mirrors – an obscure combination but they all just seemed to fit together. The mirrors are a rather decadent and salacious feature; particularly in the shower, where lovers could relish in the 360 degree views.
The hotel also advocates mingling and socializing, apparent in the billiard tables situated on each floor and the communal seating areas in the restaurants, pool area and lobby. It is the perfect hotel to meet your next affair, romantic interlude, life altering connection or new best friend.
Our first evening in the hotel, we had drinks at Bar Centro in the bustling Bazaar by José Andrés. If you go to Bazaar, do not go there for an intimate conversation or to have a serious meeting, because your eyes will be darting around at the scene. It is almost sensory overload. One could spend a whole day in the numerous nooks and crannies of the restaurant and still not find each and every peculiarity.
Glancing at the drink menu, we were overwhelmed with delicious options and could easily have stayed there all night sampling the concoctions. WT chose to drink one of the famous LN2 Caipirinhas, which must be eaten with a spoon, while SA ordered a juicy Sangria Blanca. The Caipirinha was mixed at our table, liquid nitrogen misting all over us, and we have to admit, the geek in us was impressed.
During our stay, we had the opportunity to indulge ourselves at the Ciel Spa, an oasis after the fast paced nightlife. Each room is bathed in white, and an instant mode of relaxation and calm settled over us as we set foot in the spa. SA received the Hot Stone Massage, a service she had never experienced before but which left her tingling with delight. There’s something so soothing about heat on tight muscles, and it didn’t hurt that her masseuse knew exactly which muscles to hone in on. WT, on the other hand, chose a less relaxing treatment – the Salt & Sugar Aroma Glow – which was somewhat painful to endure but left her body very strokable.
Luckily, we were able to catch some much needed sun rays and made it up to the rooftop pool to lay like cats on one of the many loungers. Not just for sun worshippers, the deck is rimmed with covered cabanas (along with mirrors) complete with televisions, tables and comfy seats – perfect for a more private experience.
Our weekend at the SLS Hotel was memorable and luxurious, and made us feel just as spoilt and pampered as one should in Hollywood.
Our Lessons from the SLS Hotel:
1. Life should be filled with Silly Little Sayings, such as Savour Life Slowly.
2. An abundance of mirrors turn you into a bit of a narcissist but will also put you in the mood for lustful activities. Don’t worry; the dim, sultry lighting will work in your favour.
3. On the other hand, the dim, sultry lighting does not prove favourable when getting ready to go out. Bathrooms should always have sufficient lighting, or be prepared to try to catch the dying rays of the sun from your window while applying makeup.
4. Plush bathrobes should be a standard feature in all hotels. There is nothing more decadent than lounging about in a robe. Make sure you keep your diamonds on while doing this.
5. Hotels should exhibit a balance of feminine and masculine touches, to appeal and delight both sexes.
- SA & WT