Hotel Bel-Air Checking Out for Two Years
About 300 staffers will be laid off
The Hotel Bel-Air
The famed Bel-Air Hotel will close its doors for the first time in 60 years this September.
The swank locale then embark upon a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation, according to the Los Angeles Times
, and at least 300 employees will be laid off, a spokeswoman said.
Renovation includes 12 new villas, a new spa with seven treatment rooms and an upgrade for all 91 guestrooms, according to the Times
. WiFi service and security upgrades are also planned, spokeswoman Alisha Mahon
, told the paper.
The hundreds of employees who will lose their jobs can reapply when the renovation is complete in 2011, Mahon
First built in 1946, the Hotel Bel-Air
has been a temporary home for such Tinseltown greats as Jackie Gleason
, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, according to the hotel's website.
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