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W is for Wet

An LA hide-away uses water as its inspiration 

Considering it’s only a short stroll from UCLA and a quick drive from Beverly Hills and Brentwood, it’s surprising how much the W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills feels like a retreat. But that was all part of the plan. Last year’s $25 million renovation recast this property as an urban oasis, complete with a landscaped pool area and a glass staircase above a trickling stream. The water motif is apparent throughout, from the 12-foot lobby water wall to the huge in-room photographs of “water nymphs” swimming in silky gowns. Despite the hotel’s Zen-like calm, you’ll still find the occasional nod to Hollywood excess, such as the 1,400- square-foot Extreme WOW Suite, which boasts a gold private screening room. – ND

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