L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, the hideaway best known as a celebrity haven, plans to unveil 117 newly renovated suites, complete with posh décor, luxury finishes and innovations curated for the modern era. Driven by luxury design firm Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA), the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star boutique hotel is taking its already-iconic features and amenities and upgrading them to what will surely impress guests when they’re revealed later this year.
Those staying in L’Ermitage’s revamped, spacious suites, which start at 650 square feet, will discover a sophisticated residential sanctuary jacketed in bold hues. The general feel of the interior will be tranquil yet provocative; couches and chairs will be draped with elegant textures while hanging light fixtures will sparkle above. Lavish Venetian cut-glass mirrors reflect the caramel-colored walls that sparkle. Bedroom highlights include white onyx and gray marble accents, advanced technological touches and new artwork.
While details have yet to be revealed for changes to other parts of the property — specifically a restaurant concept in the main lobby — the hotel’s influencers can’t stop talking about the overall project. “Our intent was to create a series of unique settings that celebrate the individuality and personalities of L’Ermitage’s guests,” said Kara Smith, principal at SFA. “Suite designs were infused with a modern interpretation of the blend of indulgence and sanctuary for which the hotel is famed. The fusion of colors, textures and curated artwork deliver that perfect realization of the hotel you always wanted to stay in, the home you always wanted to live in, and the space you love to entertain in.”
If you’ve set foot in the hotel over the past few years, you probably recall the high-profile property being a contemporary, Asian-inspired space with a minimalist approach to décor. The designs featured neutral colors (beige, black, white and brown) that contrasted with pops of rusty orange and red. Expect more purples and golds in the new units. And where rooms once had maple wood-coated furniture and platform beds with wooden backboard screens, the fresh spaces will include floor-to-ceiling suede and velvet headboards. Luckily, the huge walk-in closets and sleek bathrooms will make the transition.
If all the changes have you a bit uneasy, let hotel general manager Sal Abaunza put your mind at rest. “It’s time for L’Ermitage to reveal a completely new perspective on Beverly Hills luxury,” he said, hinting at how even classic splendor needs the occasional touch-up. “We are so proud to offer the newest luxury suite experience in the iconic destination.”
So, while it’s nice to relish the past, it’s safe to say that, with this impressive new direction, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is one Southern California beauty that will only get more graceful with time.