Los Angeles Openings: Hotel Bel-Air

What makes a legend? Opened in 1946, a beacon of optimism in the wake of world war, the Hotel Bel-Air attracted an endless parade of glittering humans; one time resident Tony Curtis famously called it, “the best wife I’ve ever had.” But not content to rest on past glories, this fall comes the unveiling of an ever more glamorous new Bel-Air, now part of London’s illustrious Dorchester Collection.

For those needing sanctuary from the Klieg lights glare, a dozen new hillside rooms flaunt private spa pools and glorious canyon views. Also new is a 12,000 square foot Spanish Mission structure with loft-style rooms and Spa by La Prairie, imported from Switzerland. Upping the legend quotient, Wolfgang Puck heads the signature restaurant.

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