The Crescent

Five minutes from Rodeo Drive, steps away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame… Have we got your attention? This boutique hotel is one of Beverly Hills’ best kept hidden secrets… that is, until now. International celebrity and royal stylist Kelly Lundberg shares with us one of her favourite hotels in the world: The Crescent in Beverley Hills, California.


Once the haunt for silent film actors, The Crescent is a 35-bedroom boutique hotel located on the corner of North Crescent Drive. Doesn’t this look like a still from a movie scene?


Hi, Kelly!

“It’s the perfect place to stay when I’m working in LA.  Within the Beverly Hills shopping triangle, a 5 minute walk to Rodeo Drive and a few steps away from some of my favorite boutiques, this sophisticated hotel is situated right next door to a much frequented celeb café,” says Kelly. 

The decor is quirky, artsy and has pops of colour that will make you smile as you turn each corner. It’s an Instagram addict’s heaven – the perfect finishing touch that adds character and charm.


Sweet Suite

Guest rooms, like most in LA, are compact but very modern with stylish interiors and super comfy beds and bedding.  The added attraction of free Wi-Fi, 24 hour room service, flat screen TV’s and an iPod docking station meant Kelly felt instantly at home.


The outside courtyard terrace is an inspired touch: tranquil and discrete.  The seating offers a great social hub, a venue to meet clients, do a spot of work and for Kelly to sign the next Hollywood deal!


crescent cafe

Play Time

Make like Pretty Woman and take a stroll along Rodeo Drive – less than five minutes away – for some serious fashion inspiration. How gorgeous does Kelly look here? #heelgoals


Kelly also recommends topping off your day, relaxing and unwinding in The Crescent’s newly renovated cocktail bar: excellent place to meet new friends, ideal when you are travelling alone.



Love Kelly’s feminine look that has an edge? She is, afterall, a celebrity stylist and entrepreneur. Check out her fashion tips and style academy on Get her bold look by pairing sweet pink hues with black leather for that perfect LA, rock n’ roll vibe. Who doesn’t love a little leather and lace?…

Leather & Lace


Self portrait flower print dress
1,545 AED –

Balmain genuine leather jacket
9,365 AED –

Christian Louboutin black heel booties
3,400 AED –

Alice Olivia quilted leather handbag
725 AED –

Kate Spade monogram jewelry
690 AED –

Sydney Evan 14k gold pendant
2,310 AED –

Bulgari jewelry
5,015 AED –

Smashbox lipstick
77 AED –

Essie nail polish
31 AED –
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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