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Was this the swankiest voting place in the United States?

On Election Day, the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles transformed into a polling site where voters were treated to valet parking, gourmet food, and the soothing sounds of a harpist.

The hotel, located in the Brentwood and Bel-Air sections of the city, was proud of its opulence. "Voters get very special treatment," Efrem Harkham, the hotel's chairman and chief executive, told the Los Angeles Times. "If you're obligated to vote, do it in style."

Servers brought voters and election workers lamb chops to snack on and Chinese chicken salad to go. Voters walked by a Salvador Dali painting on their way to drop off their ballot, and indulged in a dessert bar on the way out. Voter Vikki Radow said that while she appreciated the out-of-the-ordinary experience, "I don't need a harpist, honestly. I'm going to come vote either way. Everybody needs to vote."