After refurb, Hotel Bel-Air sets sights on re-opening

Make new way for the Hotel Bel-Air, the Dorchester Collection, which will re-open in October after 24 months of extensive refurbishment and redesign. Note: The new Hotel Bel-Air website now provides access to digital renderings, which portray the restoration, a collaborative effort between Alexandra Champalimaud and Rockwell Group.

The familiar Spanish Colonial architecture splashed in "Bel-Air Pink" is still present, while a new generation of Bel-Air aesthetic is reflected through different design themes representing the glamorous eras of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s conveyed in a fresh new manner.

The hotel will re-open this fall with a total of 103 guest rooms and suites, featuring 12 new accommodations, built into the hillside offering canyon views, sliding glass walls, outdoor fireplaces and decks with private spa pools. Most of the guest rooms and suites will have larger bathrooms with separate shower and bath, and heated floors. In addition, there will be seven individually designed specialty suites including the Grace Kelly Suite and a new Presidential Suite compound with 6,775 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space. This suite will offer private dining for 10, a chef’s kitchen, a study, great room with grand piano and a private pool located within a private Spanish courtyard.

New to the hotel is a 12,000-square-foot Spanish mission style structure featuring a new bell tower, fitness studio, three unique "Loft guest rooms", double-sided fireplaces and high ceilings, as well as the brand new 4,134-square-foot Spa by La Prairie.

Dining venues have been given new life and new additions. The restaurant will reopen under the management of Chef Wolfgang Puck and his restaurant group. The restaurant will be called Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air and the culinary concept will be focused on modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences.

Best of all: The signature Bel-Air swans have remained at Swan Lake during the entirety of the restoration process, enjoying a new circulation pump giving them the clearest water to glide in.

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