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The Hotel Bel-Air has always had a special place in our hearts for its small size, slightly retro aesthetic and those big white birds floating in Swan Lake. This week the hotel fully reopened after a two-year renovation, and while the intimacy and swans are still there, the place's style has gone continental.

We love that the rooms, suites and other public spaces have been elegantly redone with touches of silk by New York-based decorator Alexandra Champalimaud and that a few new loft rooms with views have been added.

But we're most excited about the David Rockwell-designed dining area, where we're scheduling lunches to impress. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is an indoor-outdoor space where chef Sonny Sweetman serves a veritable global tour of dishes such as tortilla soup, sautéed Maine diver scallops and pasta Bolognese.

The Lobby Lounge has been expanded to include three garden niches, and an adjoining terrace bar has been added, where handcrafted cocktails include the Hemingway daiquiri and a negroni.

The entire hotel seems crisp and new, but we're heartened to see that our favorite bits remain: the ever-blooming gardens, the touches of "Bel-Air pink" stucco and, of course, the lobby entrance that leads you over Swan Lake.

Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd.; 310-472-1211 or

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