The Beverly Hills Hotel – Top of the Hotel Bucket List

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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How to be a Tourist at the Santa Monica Pier

Mondrian LA Hotel Review

 

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  • Rachael Dickinson
    6th May 2017

    This looks amazing! Hope you had a good stay!

    Rachael xox
    http://gatsbyandglamour.blogspot.com

  • Rhiannon
    8th May 2017

    I absolutely love the decor you have captured in your photos! A lunch reservation is such a good idea to scope out a place like this

  • Lizzie Jones
    8th May 2017

    GIRL,

    TAKE ME WITH YOU NEXT TIME PLEASE!

    I just wanna channel every Hollywood movie I’ve ever seen and stay here!

  • Monika
    9th May 2017

    Looks like a fun place to stay ! I would.love to go there.. i remember watching Beverly hills 90210 series when I was a kid that is exactly.how i imagine it there

  • Stacey Billingsley
    9th May 2017

    What a fun experience! Maybe I could visit someday, but I don’t know if I could afford it if there is a martini for $35! It does look like a great place to relax.

  • Flo
    9th May 2017

    What a beautiful property! The Think Pink cocktail sounds absolutely delish – I wonder what the 35 buck martini tastes like?!

  • Brooke
    9th May 2017

    I’ve been to some events in the past at this hotel! I don’t care how amazing they make a hotel in LA though-I’d never go there to be ‘relaxed’ and ‘isolated’ I’d just get the heck out of LA! I suppose when you are a movie star though you have different standards 🙂

  • Mariella
    10th May 2017

    Gorgeous hotel! Every time I visit Los Angeles I usually stay with a friend, but I’ll definitely consider this for my next accommodation in Beverly Hills. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to your next posts. xoxo, Mariella

  • Christine
    10th May 2017

    Omg this looks amazing! This is totally on my bucketlist for when visit Cali next time! I will start saving now for the martini! Haha

  • Mattea
    10th May 2017

    Wow, looks like beautiful, luxurious hotel! Would love to visit someday. Looks like you had a great time.

  • Nicole
    10th May 2017

    Wow it looks quite posh. Well done some beautiful photos there and it looks like you had a fabulous stay.

  • Leigh
    10th May 2017

    Your strawberry vodka cocktail looks really yummy, and poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel seems to be the perfect place to enjoy it!

  • John
    10th May 2017

    Beverly Hills Hotel looks like an incredible place. The menu at Polo lounge is fantastic. 😀

  • Lula Seligson
    10th May 2017

    Wow looks like a beautiful place, love the tropical garden!

  • Danielle Jones
    10th May 2017

    This hotel looks absolutely Stunning! Your pictures look amazing, great post!

  • Rachel
    11th May 2017

    If only the walls could talk in this hotel! Definitely a place I’d want to stay/visit next time I’m out in LA. Looks like you had a great time!

  • Dawn
    11th May 2017

    So much history there so I am sure it was really cool to experience. $35 drinks though – yikes!

  • jen
    11th May 2017

    I travel on a budget, but at some point you just want to pamper yourself hollywood style. PS: love your photos

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      jen
      11th May 2017

      Thank you!

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    11th May 2017

    It sure looks nice! Love how it didn’t feel pretentious, even though you would expect it to be. And I can so understand why you’ve stayed outside for lunch, even though it was hot, I mean – that terrace seems so lovely. 🙂

  • Diana
    11th May 2017

    This looks like a beautiful hotel. Great photos

  • ARIANA DEL RIO
    11th May 2017

    I could use a cocktail and a pool and some sunshine right about now. Looks like relaxing spot in the heart of beverly hills

  • EVie
    11th May 2017

    We stayed here for my 40th for three nights. OMG it’s the best! Especially since only guests can use the pool and ohhhhh it was divine. And the rooms were wonderful. Oh I want to go back. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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      EVie
      11th May 2017

      How lovely it’s definitely a place for an occasion!

  • oursweetadventures
    13th May 2017

    I am sure this is an incredible property to see. The feeling of luxury and exclusivity. It is great to see that they take care of such an iconic property. I wonder how good that $35 drink is?

  • Daniela || Ipanema travels to
    13th May 2017

    Totally out of my price range, but dream doesn’t cost a dime.. So there I am sitting there with one of those cocktails before I get a dip in the pool.

    • sfox
      Daniela || Ipanema travels to
      14th May 2017

      Same! Maybe one day…

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