When the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912, it was surrounded by lima bean fields. The hotel’s namesake city wouldn’t even be founded for another two years. Now the Mission Revival 'Pink Palace,' with its fabled bungalows (where Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned, with six of her eight husbands, and Marilyn Monroe slipped into bed) has become synonymous with city and its dazzling image of film star glamour.
The hotel is also known for its discretion, making it a favourite site for secret rendezvous. The legendary Polo Lounge, once a hangout for Frank Sinatra and the legendary Rat Pack, remains a watering hole for entertainment industry notables and celebrities, so order a Manhattan and keep your eyes peeled. And hidden away in the basement, the tiny 19 seat Fountain Coffee Room dates to 1949 and is still a local favourite for breakfast.
Spend the night and enjoy some decadent extras, especially around the pool, where guests get complimentary 'pop up refreshments' and services throughout the day-think frozen peanut butter cups, mini soft serve cones, sunglass cleaning, and a cooling spritz of absolutely perfect Evian mist.