The evolution of the SLS Hotel began 15 years ago, in the fall of 1991, when it was originally erected as the Hotel Nikko at Beverly Hills. Marrying Japanese style and state-of-the-art technology with traditional American comfort, the hotel was designed “to reflect traditional Japanese-style architecture with a contemporary, high-tech flair suitable to its urban setting."
After a successful eight-year run, the hotel underwent a $15-million dollar enhancement when the then French chain Le Méridien took over management duties, introducing European luxury with distinctive Los Angeles style to its décor in 1999.
In 2005, Starwood Hotels & Resorts purchased Le Mérdien and began the revivification of this ever-glamorous destination in one of the world’s most famous zip codes. Today, the SLS Hotel is re-introducing the luxury hotel experience to a new generation of sophisticated travelers with smart, innovate design, including custom furniture by Cassina and Driade designed exclusively for SLS by Phillippe Starck.