Make my Montage Beverly Hills for the holidays

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When you hop out of your car at the port-cochere, and give your car to the valet, at the Montage Beverly Hills it feels like you’ve left the country or just the real world behind, especially during the holidays. The deluxe European-style hotel diffuses a sensibility of style and chic comfort. Check-in is seamless, your reservation is found fast and you are escorted to your suite where, if you’re a regular, or VIP a lovely amenity awaits (a bottle of fine red wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and miniature fruit).

Your bed has a monogrammed pillow on top of the highest quality bed linens. The room is immaculate and fitted with every creature comfort and cyber junky dream (free WiFi, ports, desk).  There’s a min-bar, fridge, safe, big beautiful bathroom with separate tub and shower, over-sized fluffy towels, robes, slippers that make you feel like you’re walking on air, and top quality toiletries. Life is good.

Located steps from the world-class shops of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Drive and Wilshire Blvd., the hotel is the perfect place to spend  night or two while picking up gifts or stuff for yourself (they even have concierges to help get you off on the right retail therapy track).

For added enjoyment and pampering there’s a celestial spa staffed with the best in the business and offering steams, saunas, whirlpools and head to toe treatments.  Adjacent to the spa is a fully-equipped fitness center that’s kept spotless. There’s also the popular Parq Bar where you can drink or eat light lunches, dinners or snacks while listening to live music,   Scarpetta , a divine Italian restaurant offering heartier fare and the Rooftop Grill for breakfast (order the tofu salad or pancakes) and lunch.

We used our overnight for shopping and also meeting friends for drinks at the new Palm Steakhouse which is just a short stroll away on Canon Drive. Afterwards we had a lovely light dinner at Parq that included a quinoa salad, chicken Caesar salad, steak and two luscious desserts: deconstructed strawberry shortcake and a chocolate delight.

The spirit of the season was in the air with music and extravagant decorations that included one with solid metal shoes exemplifying the excess of Rodeo Drive I guess.

Whether you overnight at the hotel or just go for dinner, drinks or some self-indulgent sessions at  the spa for the day, it’s an investment you won’t regret that’s  perfect for holiday de-stressing, de-compressing and even to purchase gift certificates for friends who have everything. Let’s face it everybody loves to be pampered and Spa Montage knows how to get the job done.

Montage Hotel is located at 225 North Canon Drive, in Beverly Hills.