Based on Neil Simon’s Broadway play, 1978’s California Suite follows four couples and their respective vacation antics while staying at the famed “Pink Palace,” as the hotel is known. Maggie Smith plays one of the vacationers, who is also an Oscar-nominated actress; in real life, Smith went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this performance. The hotel’s Polo Lounge has made its own cameos, meanwhile, in films such as Shampoo (1975), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
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BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL (Beverly Hills)