Hotel Review: SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
A grand hotel transports you back in time. In this case, expect to be transported back about a year, to a gilded age when hotel minibars swelled with Champagne and hotel bathrooms featured $85 bottles of lotion. SLS is a throwback. But it’s a wonderful throwback, thanks to Philippe Starck, who has been designing groundbreaking hotels for decades, and Sam Nazarian, the owner, who let him spend more than $100 million on the first in a planned chain of SLS hotels. The result is beautiful and innovative; it’s amazing that Mr. Starck has so many ideas left in him. Indeed, the biggest problem with this 297-room hotel, which opened in November, is that its design is so complex you may feel overstimulated.