Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Hidden behind 80 year old palm trees and banana leaves, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel sits on 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers. The familiar “pink palace” is part of the esteemed Dorchester Group of super luxury hotels. Steeped in history the hotel’s Polo Lounge has been the scene of many Hollywood deals and the intimate bungalows the home of many a celebrity tryst. From WC Fields to Katherine Hepburn to Frank Sinatra and Warren Beatty and the Beatles, the hotel has long been the playground of the rich and famous.

Strangely though, a visit yields no pretension. The staff is friendly and polite and no one is made to feel “left out” because they don’t have a TV or movie deal. A visit here should be on everyone’s “bucket list”.

Rooms start at a generous  400 sq feet, but most are over 500. The majority of the rooms are decorated in shades of beige with throw pillows and artwork adding splashes of color. Beds feature bespoke cotton linens embroidered with The Beverly Hills Hotel logo and topped with a soft duvet. Oversized marble baths offer dual sinks, huge towels, a beautifully deep bathtub and separate shower.

The Bungalows, like #5, are so luxurious and private they will take your breath away. This one was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite and features a fireplace, private kitchen and its own pool.

The legendary Polo Lounge serves all meals either in its dining room or outside on the beautiful flower festooned terrace. The Lounge offers live music daily. The menu is American cuisine with an Italian bent. Signature dishes include: Steak Tartare, 4oz Organic Beef Tenderloin, Classic Garnish, Herb Fries; Tortilla Soup, Grilled Jidori Chicken, Queso Fresco, Green Onion, Avocado, Crispy Tortilla Strips; the McCarthy Salad, Romaine, Grilled Chicken, Organic Eggs, Beets, Tomatoes, Cheddar, Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Balsamic Vinaigrette; the Wagyu Burger, House-Ground Wagyu Chuck, Smoked Blue Cheese, Balsamic Onions, Arugula, Tomato, Chipotle Aioli. Keep in mind you are going here for the “experience.” If you look at the prices you’ll be on the next plane.

The Fountain Coffee Room is a 50’s style lunch counter where you can get silver dollar pancakes and fresh OJ at breakfast and delicious sandwiches at lunch.

Bar Nineteen 12 (named for the year the hotel opened) is a stylish cocktail bar with a terrace that is perfect for watching a California sunset.

The Spa offers a full range of services from facials to massages to body treatments to private or group yoga classes.

From the friendly bellman who take your bags to the housekeepers who remember your name the staff is well trained to make you feel comfortable and pampered. The front desk has a ton of newspapers every morning, you can use the house car to take you anywhere in a three mile radius and there are lots of other little touches like fresh fruit in your room, cookies at turn down and a lavender spray for your sheets and pillows to help you sleep.

THE RATES: From $545 Peak Season Weekend

AAA Five Diamond Award
Forbes Five Star Award

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