The Hotel Bel-Air is a boutique hotel located in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California. The hotel opened its doors in 1946 and has a total of 103 rooms, 45 of which are suites. The hotel has an overall old Hollywood style and is surrounded by 12 acres of gardens.
Located just outside Beverly Hills and Westwood, Hotel Bel-Air has regularly housed notable guests and celebrities including Robert Wagner, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who visited the hotel so regularly she had a suite named after her. Hotel Bel-Air was also home to Marilyn Monroe’s last Vogue magazine shoot six weeks before her death.
The hotel was originally built in 1922 on 60 acres of gardens by Alphonzo Bell. Initially built as office space and riding stables, it was purchased in 1946 and converted into a hotel by Texan entrepreneur Joseph Drown.
After Drown’s death in the 1980s, the hotel was sold off to the Hunt family of Texas and became part of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection. The Hunt family primarily kept everything the same at the hotel, except they decided to bring in chef Wolfgang Puck to consult on the menu and hotel restaurant.
Caroline Hunt sold the hotel for $100 million in 1989 to Japan’s Sazale Group. In 1995, the hotel was purchased by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of the royal family of Brunei, and then in 2008 the Dorchester Collection, owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, acquired the hotel. Dorchester Collection subsequently closed Hotel Bel-Air for two years of major renovations before reopening in October 2011.