Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are not the only ones likely to be upset at the news that one of Hollywood's most iconic and beloved hideaways will disappear, at least temporarily, with the closure of the Hotel Bel-Air at the end of September.
The announcement was made unexpectedly to the hotel's staff on Friday, who were informed that they would be laid off as of September 30. Guests are being informed with a letter as they check in.
The letter said the hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei and managed by the Dorchester Group, would be completed toward the middle of 2011. The renovation will include an updating of all 91 rooms, and the construction of a vast new spa and 12 new villas on the property.
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