Sirtaj Hotel, Beverly Hills

I have a growing affection for the boutique hotel that is situated on the edges of the main thoroughfare. One of my latest such discoveries is the Sirtaj Hotel, which is located a few blocks from Rodeo Drive on a leafy residential street. The new 32 room hotel has a delightful air of India in its décor. Indeed, the intimate restaurant features a range of Tandoori fare.

The lobby flows easily into the chic bar, which in turns opens to the al fresco dining room. The interior design is crisp and comfortable, with a tasteful blend of fabrics.

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.28.12 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.28.19 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-26 at 5.28.29 PMThe service staff was uniformally gracious and informative.

The admittedly slow lift belied the hotel’s modern construction. I soon found the stairs easier to reach our second floor room.

The room was well-appointed, with a spacious bathroom. The shower featured multiple heads, for vertical or lateral spray. The wooden bedroom floor was softened by textured rugs. A desk along one wall held a fancy imported espresso machine, a pre-loaded tablet connected to a very fast house wi-fi signal and a large work area.

The king bed had luxurious high-count sheets and very comfortable pillows. The water treatment we saw in the restaurant below covered what little sounds of nearby Wilshire Boulevard that could be heard through the open bedroom balcony.

For a weekend getaway, or for visiting relatives, the Sirtaj is an ideal choice.

Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.