What's it like living at the W, Montage or Ritz-Carlton?
Moments after the private elevator in the Montage Beverly Hills slides open, the staff warmly greets Larry Field and ushers him to a pool-view seat at the rooftop Conservatory Grill. The hostess gives him a hug. Servers nod in recognition."Mr. Field, anything you want to eat, the chef will make," says the waiter, who nevertheless proffers a menu.
Now, this is the life. Field is the first and, so far, the only "resident guest" at the Montage, meaning his $7-million condominium set within the hotel development comes with services and amenities beyond those available to overnight visitors.
It's a new spin on an old but alluring idea: hotel as home. This spring, two other high-profile properties in the area — the W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live — will begin handing over the keys to homes set inside hotel complexes. All promise luxury accommodations and the kind of pampered, room-serviced life that beckons travelers to check in. The difference? Residents don't have to check out.
Photo: Larry Field's $7-million condominium set within the hotel development comes with services and amenities beyond those available to overnight visitors. Among those perks: monogrammed pillowcases. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times