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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Hotel Bel-Air

The Hotel Bel-Air is a boutique hotel located in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California. The hotel is owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei. It is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels.
Since opening in 1946, the 91-room Hotel Bel-Air, located on Stone Canyon Road, has served many celebrities, heads of state and dignitaries. It was originally built by Alphonzo Bell, who developed the area and founded Bel-Air Estates. Originally built as office space and riding stables, it was purchased in 1946 and converted into a hotel by Texan entrepreneur Joseph Drown.Joseph Drown's partner in the Hotel in the early 1950s was Ted Chanock, a former Chicagoan. Chanock and Drown remained partners until Chanock's death in 1973. Chanock's wife, Frances, remained on as a permanent resident as a condition of the Rosewood purchase agreement with the Joseph Drown Estate in the 1980s.It was developed as an oasis, a hideaway within the city. Drown added Swan Lake which guests must cross by foot bridge to get to the hotel. The grounds are planted in ficus, fig, palms and continuously blooming flowers.


17 comments:

thenitefalls said...

I heard Will Smith owns this hotel!

Buff Drinklots said...

Me too!

whatshouldibuytoday said...

I keep thinking of the show hahah

DDX said...

I wish my auntie and uncle lived in a place like that.

cooperlife said...

YO HOLMES! TO HOTEL BEL-AIR!

Yakoi said...

Lol! I hope some day I have the $$ to stay in a place like that! Come on college degree don't let me down! hehe

Rorschach Redemption said...

Darm, was hoping to get in before all the Bel-Air.

Those Texans sure know how to convert things in to a luxury hotel.

tigey said...

Wow, opened in 1946 ? And it still looks amazing, real beauty here

Hip-Hop Hikikomori said...

>YO HOLMES! TO HOTEL BEL-AIR!

Someone beat me to it.

Seion said...

Can't help but think these are actually homes sometimes, they look so lived-in.

Kris159 said...

Wow, that does look posh, a little bit too much for my taste

Erroneous Maximus said...

I had brunch here one time, way back in the day. It IS swank, but not like you would expect it to be.

Betta sp said...

looks like an antique luxurious hotel, no wonder it was opened in 1946....

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S said...

I've always wondered how a stay at the Bel Air would be

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Hotel Bel-Air is among most popular hotels of Los Angeles.
It is located at prime location of the city.

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