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Classic California '50s Cool THE BUZZ: A hidden oasis for those “in the know.” By day, stroll from this quiet residential nook to Rodeo Drive; by night, chill Vegas-style with cocktails by the pool. HISTORY: Formerly the Beverly Carlton, built in 1949; redesigned in 1999. DESIGN: Mix of contemporary and classic-vintage that celebrates mid-20th century Cali patio life. ROOMS: 86 guest rooms and suites in three separate buildings. AMENITIES: Hourglass pool is property focal point. Penthouse garden terrace is a party spot guaranteed to raise any host’s social status. RESTAURANT: Blue on Blue pool-side restaurant and bar serves modern

American cuisine with Californian flair (ask for the semi-private cabanas). Coming for after-dinner cocktails? Be prepared to prove you are on the guest list.
Get there: 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-277-5221, www. avalonbeverlyhills.com

West Hollywood’s Art Deco Hot Spot
THE BUZZ: Don’t let the picturesque tree-lined street fool you – you’re two blocks from Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards in the heart of WEHO (Good luck getting a room in June during the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade).

HISTORY: These former Summerfield Suites went through a $5.5 million transformation in March 2005.

DESIGN: The lobby and restaurant are Art Deco fab, with daring lamps and lavishly tiled floors; the rooms are more peacefully walled in muted blues, grays, greens and whites. ROOMS: 112 rooms and suites. AMENITIES: A rooftop pool with billowy Arabian nights cabanas and a hot Hollywood view will charm the most jaded of travelers. RESTAURANT: The Atrium Restaurant is sun-drenched by day but becomes a dimly-lit intimate bistro at night. Get there: 1000 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood, 310-657-7400, www. chamberlainwesthollywood.com

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