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Hotel Bel-Air Celebrates 75 years


Hotel Bel-Air’s story begins in the 1920s with the very creation of Bel Air itself; LA’s ultimate community of exclusivity. The hotel grew from Alphonzo Bell’s original vision to turn the best-situated land in Los Angeles into estates for ‘the kind of people you would like to know and have as your neighbors’. And the vision lives on today.


Bel Air officially opened in October 1922 with uniformed guards at the gate, a first for any local community. These powerful iron gates still mark an impressive entry just north of the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Bel Air Road and celebrate a moment where you leave the rest of the world behind and enter the exclusivity of Bel Air.


In 1946, a Texan hotel entrepreneur named Joseph Drown bought 18 acres from Alphonzo Bell, including the estate’s mission-style buildings, and immediately began transforming the site into the elegant and secluded hotel we now enjoy. He restored the property and added a series of new guest rooms before the hotel officially opened on August 24, 1946.


To this day, the iconic property remains at the heart of the Bel Air community and continues to welcome world travellers and Hollywood elite. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the hotel will be featuring special activities and offerings throughout the month of August for guests and locals alike.


Archival Photo Exhibition (August 1 – August 30)

We’re delighted to tell the hotel’s incredible story through 14 archival photographs, which capture the moments that have shaped our legacy. Join us on our iconic bridge to see the story unfold over 75 extraordinary years.

Anniversary Libations in the Bar & Lounge

Join us in toasting to 75 years of legendary history by sampling one of the following specially created cocktails in our Bar & Lounge.



Gin, Elderflower, Fresh Lemon, Champagne



Rum, Fresh Apple, Sugar, Bitters



Aperol, Prosecco, Fresh Chili


Hotel Bel-Air’s Classic Afternoon Tea
Adults and young guests alike can enjoy the time-honored tradition of afternoon tea at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. The traditional afternoon tea menu will include savory bites, fresh baked scones with homemade preserves and a selection of sweets, accompanying a choice of more than 15 loose leaf teas.


The special anniversary afternoon tea is priced at $125 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Reservations are available every Saturday in August at 12:00pm and 2:30pm. To reserve, please visit:


75 Years of Hotel Bel-Air Bliss

The glamour and beauty of our spa create the perfect setting to relax and unwind. In celebration of the hotel’s special milestone, we will be introducing a 75 Years of Hotel Bel-Air Bliss package that includes:


  • 30-Minute Bath Experience with beautiful fragrances of rose, orange or lavender
  • 60-Minute Massage
  • 60-Minute Pedicure with Citrus or Jasmine products


For more information or to book the package, please call 310-909-1681.