There are few cities as synonymous with glamour and success as Los Angeles. Home to the stars, the city of Beverly Hills is about as glamorous as Los Angeles gets. Last November, with our coverage of the Los Angeles Motor Show 2014 at an end, we had a few days to spare in tinsel town. Armed with a Mercedes-Benz GL 550 and a Rolls-Royce Ghost, The Beverly Hills Hotel welcomed us to their corner of this vibrant city for the ultimate Dorchester Collection Experience!
The Beverly Hills Hotel is part of the 10-strong Dorchester Collection today. It is one of two Dorchester hotels in Los Angeles, the other is the boutique Hotel Bel-Air in its adjacent namesake neighbourhood. The Beverly Hills Hotel sits prime location on the corner of Sunset Boulevard.
The hotel was constructed in 1912 and precedes the incorporation of Beverly Hills by a few years. The hotel has its own historian who has meticulously documented important events in the hotel’s history.
Among the various pictures we saw during our stay, the most interesting is a photo showing the hotel sitting on agricultural land during its first few years. Of course, the hotel now sits among the hustle and bustle of the notorious Sunset Boulevard, overlooked by the mansions that line the densely populated hills to its east. What a difference 100 years makes!
The hotel offers a variety of individual rooms and suites throughout three wings of the main building. VIP’s are able to book one of 23 private bungalows, serviced by the Hotel’s excellent staff.
I was booked into a deluxe guest room in the main building. This particular deluxe guest room, with a king bed, desk and marble bathroom, sat on the second floor of the main building. WiFi was included as standard, as you would expect, we were also able to make use of the concierge services and valet parking.
For its 100th anniversary, the hotel remodelled a number of its rooms with fresh decor and re-designed the front lobby. My room was a newly remodelled room, outfitted to an extremely high standard. The colours that define the character of the hotel are pastels, greens, off-whites and light pinks with a characteristic leaf print wall paper featuring in the rooms, lobby and hallways.
Having experienced a number of boutique hotels in Los Angeles during our stay, most of which tended to have a dark modern edge, the Beverly Hills was a welcome change. The colours are fresh and inviting, almost homely. The feel is more of a classic five star hotel rather than an ultra modern experience.
That said, our room did feature a number of technological highlights. The lighting system (which I have to admit was a little complex to grasp first time!) works on a series of buttons which control the entire system. Say for example you want to relax in bed watching the TV, the light switches have a dull light setting which adapt all of the room’s lights.
The plug sockets are also supplemented by USB plugs; a sign that the hotel is bang up to date, the USB chargers were perfect for iPhones and GoPro’s. Television systems are excellent Bang & Olufsen units with cable TV channels.
For dinner we sampled the Dorchester Collection’s 10-dish Taste of Dorchester Collection menu. Each dish is a signature recipe developed at one of its restaurants. I sampled the Beverly Hills classic McCarthy Salad which came with a variety of breads and the London Dorchester Hotel’s Bread and Butter Pudding. Having called through to the dedicated concierge number and placed my order, it came delivered to the room by a porter on a trolley. Being two days into our brief stay in Los Angeles, jet lag had started to set in. Room service and an early night were the perfect cure!
Of course, if you fancy a fine dining experience at the hotel, there are several different options. The world renowned Polo Lounge would be my first choice. The name comes from the Polo Trophy that stands behind the bar. You could also choose to eat at The Cabana Café, The Fountain Coffee Room or the stylish Bar Nineteen 12 which has a fantastic selection of live music.
As I left, I walked past one of the bus boys on my way to the elevator. I was greeted with a casual “morning Mr Adams” having only once introduced myself two days before. That particular personal touch summed up my experience of The Beverly Hills Hotel. If you are looking for a luxurious and classy experience, I suspect that there is no better place in Los Angeles.