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Sunset Tower: not done yet

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We have to admit, we're inclined to like hotelier Jeff Klein, who told Vanity Fair that he didn't want Lindsay Lohan drinking $16 cosmos at the bar in his newly-restored Sunset Tower Hotel. So when we pulled in to the valet last night (excellent service from a guy with distinct rocker-scruff) we were bouncy and excited. Friends were meeting in the bar for drinks. We ordered what turned out to be a $13 martini -- maybe the fact that we're not Lindsay Lohan makes all the difference.

So the place is gorgeous, as the NY Times reported in their feature that ran a month ago. The bar, which is on the ground floor, looks south over the twinkling lights of LA. We loved the fact that the man at the grand piano was over 70, still playing and singing quite well, thank you.

But our friends staying there informed us that it's not all gorgeous, because it's not all done. Work continues on the pool. With jackhammers. Early in the morning. Something on the floors between 12 and 15 seems to still be under construction. And they're still working out some of the service kinks -- like towels. It's hard to get towels replaced. It just sounds, um, not finished. Why rush to open if you're not ready?

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So while we can't guarantee you'll be able to sleep in, we can safely recommend the bar for a classy, Lohan-free drink.