Stepping out of our car onto the red carpet outside the Beverly Hills Hotel was quite a surreal experience. Over the past 104 years this iconic hotel has played host to everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and now it was my time to experience it firsthand.
Situated at the heart of Beverly Hills, this hotel and its bungalows offers guests the chance to live like the rich and famous – and possibly rub shoulders with them too. Both the hotel and its bar/restaurant The Polo Lounge are notorious celebrity haunts, and I was excited to hear that Leonardo DiCaprio had visited while I was there – if not a little disappointed to miss him!
As you would expect from a five star residence, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers a luxurious and indulgent stay, but still keeps a lot of character thanks to the signature palm leaf and candy stripe motifs that run throughout – an Instagram dream! Staff go out of their way to fulfil your every desire, and added a personal touch to their service by addressing us each by name.
I stayed in a deluxe guestroom and was seriously impressed by the amount of space and storage that the room had, with a walk-in wardrobe, fully equipped desk and sofa area offering all the amenities you could possibly need.
But let’s face it, when you’re in LA you’re not going to be spending that much time in your room, and Beverly Hills Hotel offered an easy base for exploring some of the city’s best sights including Rodeo Drive and the Getty Center.
It’s hard to escape the lure of the hotel pool though; lined with striped loungers and private cabanas, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun for an hour or two while sipping on a cocktail. The pool area is also home to Cabana cafe, one of four eateries in the hotel. Head here for more laidback fare, or if you want more traditional American diner food try the Fountain Coffee Room. This offers authentic American pancakes, waffles and the like in an intimate setting, with just 19 fixed seats around the bar. You can expect to queue at breakfast time, but it’s well worth the wait.
However it was The Polo Lounge that we loved the most. This iconic restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a glamorous setting complete with an outdoor terrace. We couldn’t fault anything here; from the food to the attentive service, it’s a dining experience that’s worth spending a little more for and truly rounds off the experience.
We can’t wait to go back!