Established in 1912 by Margaret Anderson, the ultra-luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel has become an infamous establishment synonymous with style, glamour and elegance. It’s no surprise then, that it has hosted everyone from A-listers to the fashion glitterati and royalty alike, and this year, the beloved L.A. landmark celebrates its 110th anniversary.
At the helm is General Manager, John Scanlon, and he shares ten things to know about this world-famous, celebrity-adored hotel.
Female founder: The Beverly Hills Hotel was opened by Margaret Anderson in 1912, two years before the city of Beverly Hills was established. Margaret owned and operated the hotel for many years, and her motto was “Guests are entitled to the best of everything regardless of cost!” The hotel has recently introduced a variety of activations to celebrate its 110th anniversary.
Iconic architecture: Paul Revere Williams, one of the world’s greatest architects, was responsible for a remodel of The Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1940s, where he designed the hotel’s Crescent Wing with its iconic script, as well as re-imagined the Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Room and lobby in their still-stylish pink-and-green motif. A remarkable trailblazer, he was the first African American member of the AIA (in 1923).
The original banana leaf print: The iconic CW Stockwell Martinique® wallpaper is featured in The Fountain Coffee Room and in all of the hotel hallways, 5½ miles of wallpaper to be exact. With its distinctive colors, large bright leaves, and waving banana palms, it remains internally and intrinsically connected to the hotel. It has developed a type of iconic status amongst designers and guests alike.
The Pink Palace: The hotel was first painted it’s distinctive pink back in 1948 to complement the sunset and popular country style of the time. The hotel has been known as the ‘Pink Palace’ ever since.
Signature salad: The Polo Lounge’s McCarthy Salad is the most popular dish on the menu. It was named after the polo-playing millionaire Neil McCarthy who had our chef make this specific salad for him. It’s been on the menu since 1948, and around 600 salads are still served weekly.
Bike rides in Beverly Hills: Guests have the opportunity to discover the city on custom Linus banana leaf bicycles provided complimentary to hotel guests. Complete with a neighborhood map and picnic menu, you can head out to explore the best of Beverly Hills’ parks, tree-lined streets and rolling green lawns.
Quarter century club: What makes a hotel extraordinary is its people – 64 of our current employees have been with us for 25 years or more and, as such, are members of The Beverly Hills Hotel Quarter Century Club. We established this club to honor the commitment, passion and service of employees who have dedicated over 25 years to the hotel. We wanted to recognize these individuals and their commitment to the hotel. They are a massive part of our legacy, and the hotel wouldn’t be what it is without them.
Newly renovated spa: The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment and redesign. The spa features four treatment rooms for body and facial therapies and one duet suite that can accommodate two guests simultaneously. Also new to the spa is a nail suite, including two pedicure chairs and a manicure area featuring natural light from the citrus garden. In celebration of the hotel’s 110th anniversary, try the new Beverly Hills Manicure and Nail Art which pays homage to its iconic design and signature aesthetic. From pink and white stripes to banana leaf print, these beloved design elements provide the perfect inspiration for whimsical nail art.
Hotel California: The Beverly Hills Hotel was the subject of the Eagles’ iconic “Hotel California” album cover shot. Much of the record’s tone and subject material reflected the band’s founding member and lead singer Don Henley’s commentary on “success (and excesses it can breed), love lost, and just how strange life in California can be.” As a result, they wanted to find and portray the Hotel California that was brought to life in the album’s cover track. And they preferred to do so with a slightly sinister edge. So a variety of photos were presented, and The Beverly Hills Hotel shot against the golden sunset was the favorite.
Legendary guests: Steeped in history as the preferred “home away from home” for generations of Hollywood royalty, the iconic bungalows create a nostalgic and transporting experience for guests.
There are 23 stand-alone bungalows spread out over 12 acres. Out of the 23 bungalows, there are distinct legendary bungalows featuring design elements inspired by select notable guests who have frequented the hotel over the past century. Bungalow 22, inspired by Frank Sinatra, Bungalow 1, inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Bungalow 5 inspired by Elizabeth Taylor, Bungalow 3, inspired by Howard Hughes and Bungalow 9, inspired by Charlie Chaplin.
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