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This 40-year-old property doesn’t have the cool opulence of the newer Four Seasons hotels, but it does have a lovely, understated charm and some of the best service in the city. Plus, everyone who’s anyone will eventually end up at the lively cocktail bar, so it’s a great place just to hang out. Over the decades, the hotel has quietly and continuously updated its guest rooms and public spaces, with a major reno in 2007 that saw the transformation of its old Garden Terrace Restaurant to the buzzy Yew. (In 2014, it became Yew Seafood, where celebrity chef Ned Bell creates magic with sustainable fare from the ocean.) The lobby is a bit awkwardly designed—you have to climb an old escalator from the cramped and crowded driveway—but it comfortably mixes outdated elements, like the 1980s-era brass railings, with cool contemporary furniture, polished driftwood coffee tables, warm wooden paneling, and giant turquoise urns. Guest rooms are large, bright, and luxuriously comfortable, with pale, clean, cool, modern lines occasionally mixed with older, more traditional mahogany-finished furniture, tufted leather chairs, and floral draperies. Bathrooms are on the small side, but updated with marble counters and top-of-the-line fixtures and accessories. Lower floors don’t have a view, but the upper ones offer glimpses of the mountains—here, it’s more about the central location than the scenery. Plus nothing can beat the spectacular health club, with its huge, heated indoor-outdoor pool on a lovely terrace, one of the city’s best-kept secrets.