Iconic, chic, luxury, famous, all words used to describe the Beverly Hills Hotel. Even just pulling up to the red carpet entrance makes you feel like royalty. That’s how it made us feel when we went along for lunch anyway. We were only there for a few hours, to enjoy some food and cocktails in Hollywood’s most sought after hotspot, and it was enough to shoot it straight to the top of the hotel bucket list to one day return and stay there.
Also known as the pink palace, and it really is a palace, and pink, you are thrown into the lap of luxury from the off. Despite that, it’s not pretentious, or unsettling to be there, it’s very welcoming, and we were escorted through the powder pink corridors, and palm tree print wallpaper (it looked expensive, not like the type you get on a Missguided dress or a Primark bikini) to the Polo Lounge where we had a reservation for lunch.
The hotel was peaceful, but not too quiet, I hate it when you feel you have to whisper! But it was just relaxed, and everyone said hello as you passed through. The Polo restaurant is infamous for it’s Oscar after parties, and a well known celebrity haunt. It was beautiful, both inside and out. We had a table outside, but after about ten minutes we realised why most guests were inside – it was boiling.
Talk about sun traps! The outside terrace is small and quaint, with plenty of tables yet still secluded and you felt like you had privacy. I’ve seen the booths at the back appear on Kourtney Kardashian’s snapchat on a few occasions. But yes, despite being beautiful, there was no breeze and we were melting.
In true British style however, we didn’t give in and ask to move inside, we stayed sat outside in the heat, melting, and just used it as an excuse to order plenty of refreshing cocktails. I had the Think Pink, a strawberry, vodka and lemon juice concoction, but the drinks menu was huge and had everything from coffee and tea, to fancy cocktails, sangria, wine and beers.
The food menu was just as extravagant, with anything from hummus and dips to start, to oysters or caviar. The mains were healthy salads, to burgers and steak. It was varied, catered for everyone, and in true Beverly Hills style it marked the low calorie options!
The hotel itself has been well looked after over the years, with frequent restorations and general TLC to keep it the luxurious, pristine standard that it was when it opened back in 1912. You can even find a bar named after the year it opened. The standards have never dropped since the days of old school Hollywood glam, and many of the rooms, private bungalows, and even the cocktails are named after some of the famous guests. There aren’t many hotels who could get away with a Forbes 5 star Martini cocktail! Or with charging $35 for it.
Taking a wander down to the pool area, we found ourselves walking down the steps under white spiralling archways, to the glistening turquoise water, surrounded by palm trees, pink umbrellas and green and white stripy cushions. There were private cabanas offering shade, and the Cabana cafe that served smoothies, salads and pizzas as refreshment from what I imagine must be a stressful day sunbathing.
We couldn’t go anywhere near the private bungalows, naturally since they offer total privacy and seclusion for anyone who stays there. The staff happily told us stories of past eras, Marilyn Monroe’s favourite, and Frank Sinatra’s complete with grand piano. I can easily see why the rich and famous would splash out on a stay there, it’s a calm oasis in a crazy city.
The Beverly Hills hotel experience isn’t for everyone, but it was fascinating for us just visiting for lunch to get a glimpse of such an exclusive hotel. Imagine the stories that could come from the parties held within its walls. While it’s the type of hotel that most of us can only dream of staying in, (I’d sleep in a poolside cabana if I had to), it’s fun to dream. Maybe one day…
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