A grand hotel in the Old World tradition, the Peninsula Beverly Hills oozes luxury and decadence from its gilded chandeliers and wood-paneled walls. From the moment a white-gloved valet opens the oversized front doors, the entire experience unfolds like an ode to the kind of living only royalty should have; except that, at the Peninsula, every guest is treated like royalty. First, there’s elegant marble bathrooms—larger than some apartments—outfitted with both soaking tub and rain shower, and the softest bathrobes imaginable. Then, it’s up to the rooftop for a leisurely alfresco breakfast alongside wheeling and dealing studio types before moving over to a poolside cabana for a few hours of basking and celebrity-spotting. Don’t forget to squeeze in time for a spa treatment—the Peninsula’s spa being the beauty and relaxation regimen of more than a few big names. Afternoon tea in the Living Room can’t be missed, thanks both to the decadent spread of scones and finger sandwiches, and the live harp music wafting through the air.
Even though the hotel is in the heart of Beverly Hills, with trendy shops and restaurants just blocks away, the hotel’s free Rolls Royce service can drop guests anywhere they need to go in the neighborhood.
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The hotel is hidden behind a wall of trees on Santa Monica Boulevard, one of L.A.’s biggest streets, just around the corner from Beverly Hills’ ritzy Golden Triangle. That area’s leafy, pretty streets are home to iconic eateries such as Bouchon and see-and-be-seen brunch spots like the Ivy. Catch a musical performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts or peruse the many art galleries, including Mouche. The international shopping mecca of Rodeo Drive is just a quick drive away, and legendary lounge Trader Vic’s sits across the street.
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Rooms: 194 rooms, including 38 suites and 16 villas. From $550. Check-in: Flexible 24-hour check-in and check-out. Dining options: The grand, fine-dining Belvedere restaurant has been a longtime L.A. society haunt, while the poolside Roof Garden serves a more casual menu of fresh California cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, accompanied by rooftop views of the city and surrounding hills. The elegant, parlorlike Living Room serves the Peninsula’s iconic afternoon tea daily; in the evenings, the hotel’s resident pianist creates an even more romantic atmosphere for a fireside cocktail. A wood-paneled bar in the finest Old World tradition, the Club Bar has all the trappings of a private club, from the comprehensive scotch collection to a scene frequented by Hollywood royalty. Spa and gym details: In addition to a fully equipped, modern fitness center with personal trainers available upon request, the hotel is home to the world-renowned Peninsula Spa, a known favorite of stars and starlets. The spa offers a full range of decadent beauty and wellness treatments, as well as eucalyptus steam rooms and a relaxation lounge. The 60-foot rooftop pool is large enough for laps, too, and is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Who's it best for: Couples and discerning travelers who love classic, Old World luxury and service. Our favorite rooms: All of the nearly 200 rooms, suites, and villas at The Peninsula are opulent, elegant, and completely luxurious, but a few take the cake. The Peninsula Suite, Royal Patio Suite, Grand Deluxe Suite, and Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine are alternately known as the Green, White, Pink, and Blue suites, respectively. Each is decorated in a unique color and style, one with gilded chinoiserie, another more European art deco. But all are big enough to live in, with sprawling marble bathrooms and oversized private terraces. Guided excursions: Explore L.A. in a whole new way with the hotel’s signature Peninsula Academy program of insider experiences, such as a guided tour of Beverly Hills art galleries, followed by a private art lesson and afternoon tea with the great-grandson of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The experiences aren’t cheap, but The Peninsula offers only the pinnacle of luxury.
The Belvedere which is opening in Winter 2015 with striking new interiors and expanded outdoor terrace is under the direction of Executive Chef David Codney.
The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden serves true Californian Cuisine. The Peninsula Beverly Hills' unique rooftop al fresco dining spot is a favorite with Beverly Hills residents as well as hotel guests.
The Living Room
Living Room's Afternoon Tea includes an optional glass of Champagne and a tower of traditional high tea requisites; from savory finger sandwiches to a selection of sweet, bite-sized pastries and scones, all accompanied by the music of a classical harpist.
The Club Bar
The Club Bar is covered in dark wood panels made of California birch and the deep leather chairs that circle the wide fireplace create a traditional yet timeless ambience, reminiscent of an elegant gentleman's club with a drinks list of rare single malt whiskies, scotches, tequilas and cognacs to match. Not to mention an extensive selection of wines by the glass, including the hotel's private-label Keller The Peninsula Sonoma Pinot Noir.
The Peninsula Spa
The Peninsula Spa is a hidden gem of a retreat adjacent to the hotel's tranquil roof garden, The Peninsula Spa has for long been a luxurious beauty destination for Hollywood's elite.
The Roof Pool
The Rooftop Pool is surrounded by panoramic views of the Los Angeles and Century City skyline, The Peninsula Beverly Hills' 60-foot outdoor rooftop pool and Jacuzzi is an idyllic spot for hotel guests to relax and cool down in true Peninsula style.
Fitness center on property with cardiovascular, strength, and weight training equipment. Personal trainers, yoga, and Pilates sessions avaialble upon request.
Superior Rooms have been furnished with carefully selected custom-made furnishings, carpeting and case goods that reflect the hotel's quiet luxury. Rooms offer a choice of king or double beds and all have sumptuous marble bathrooms, seating areas and an ergonomic work area with a desk.
The Deluxe Rooms are bright and airy with French doors that open to the Californian sunshine and views of the landscaped gardens, fountain, or the Beverly Hills skyline. Luxuriously furnished in neutral tones accented by colourful garden fabrics that evoke a contemporary style, the rooms feature high ceilings that create an element of light open space, complemented by oversized work desks, king or double beds and spacious marble bathrooms.
Patio Deluxe Room
Patio Deluxe Rooms are some of the most popular at The Peninsula and give guests that extra touch of luxury with an 80 sq. ft. (7.5 sq. m.) private garden patio featuring outdoor furniture for al fresco dining or relaxation. These rooms are pet-friendly, with plenty of space both indoors and outdoors for their enjoyment. A palette of light tones is punctuated with colourful fabrics that complement that Californian sunshine and the flora of the landscaped gardens. Guests can choose king or double bed configurations, with all rooms exuding a sophisticated elegance fully outfitted to accommodate business and leisure travelers alike.
Villa King Room
The intimate characteristics of the Villa King Room imbue it with an ambience of personalised opulence. Featuring large sleeping and sitting areas, the room has a modern fireplace that creates a relaxing and intimate ambience. Set in a Garden Villa, it offers guests the peace and tranquility of a tropical garden setting in the heart of Beverly Hills. A private entrance allows guests further privacy to enjoy the warm refinements incorporated in the elegant décor. The room can connect to the Grand Villa Suite to accommodate larger groups or families.
Executive Grand Deluxe Room
The Executive Grand Deluxe Room provides a one-of-a-kind guest experience, and a quintessential representation of the Peninsula's Asian heritage, contemporary comfort and modern lifestyle. The styling and décor combine Asian antiques with chic furnishings, evoking a comfortable residential setting. These rooms feature luxurious living and dining areas, decorative fireplaces, modern kitchens with Viking appliances, flat-screen televisions and grand bedrooms. The spacious sitting area includes a comfortable sofa that can become an additional double bed if needed, elegantly upholstered armchairs and an eclectic mix of coffee and side tables
The Beverly Suites are aptly named due to their wonderful views beyond the hotel's fountain to the greenery of Beverly Hills. The generous proportions of these suites provide separate spacious and airy living and sleeping areas complete with walk-in closets and a marble bathroom with double sinks. Situated on the corners of the hotel, Beverly Suites have unparalleled views from the windows as well as generous balconies where guests can choose to dine or take in the sunshine. The sitting room is elegantly styled and flooded with natural light.
The Garden Suite
The Garden Suite lives up to its name, with 1,000 sq. ft. (93 sq. m.) of tropical landscaped garden creating a luxurious outdoor oasis in the heart of Beverly Hills. Guests can relax or entertain in a secluded al fresco environment featuring comfortable modern chaises longues, tranquil water features, a firepit and lush plants, all softly lit at night. Accessed by large French doors, the expansive outdoor space flows seamlessly through to the interior living space. The Suite is opulently furnished in neutral tones accented with floral motifs that reflect the tranquility of the patio garden. The grand bedroom is tastefully luxurious with an en-suite marble bathroom with double sinks, while the latest technological amenities and complimentary WiFi offer the ultimate in convenience.
Peninsula Villa Suites are situated in free-standing villas set within the hotel's lush tropical gardens. These suites are naturally light and airy, with Oriental rugs on light hardwood floors in living areas that open onto spacious garden-view balconies. The suites offer access to private side entrances to the hotel grounds, and can connect to the Peninsula Villas to cater for larger groups. Separate living and sleeping areas provide plenty of room for families to share, with the lounge sofa fully convertible to a double bed. A complimentary luxury vehicle is also available for guest use.
Villa Suites with Jacuzzis
Villa Suites on the ground floor feature their own unique design that includes an outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi where guests can seclude themselves in total comfort and privacy.
The California Suite epitomises the best of Southern California residential living, reminiscent of a luxurious penthouse. The neutural colour scheme highlights the eclectic art that adorns the walls; the plush furnishings and gilded chandeliers and lamps complete the sense of opulence. Rose accents and floral prints add to the understated elegance in the living and dining rooms with rugs embellished with classical motifs complementing the geometric parquet wood floors. The suite boasts a king-sized bedroom with a marble bathroom and large closet. A separate living and dining room and a guest powder room off the foyer ensures that the California Suite is a versatile and impressive accommodation for entertaining with the Peninsula's legendary service. French doors open up to views of the landscaped gardens or the hotel's sparkling fountain.
The Peninsula Suite
Newly transformed with an East-meets-West theme, The Peninsula Suite boasts spectacular views of the city and the hills beyond. This Presidential Suite is also known as the 'Green Suite' thanks to walls upholstered in soft greens, providing a backdrop for framed antique Asian textiles, Chinese blue-and-white porcelain and a grand piano. The principal seating area faces a carved-wood fireplace and features a hand-knotted Savonnerie area rug. In the dining room, where the mahogany table seats 10, hand-painted Chinoiserie-style murals depict intricate renderings of foliage, birds and flowers, evocative of the hotel's garden setting. A Chinoiserie-style screen is the focal point of the master bedroom, which features a hand-painted four-poster bed A modern kitchen and a spacious seating area make this an ideal suite for guests who enjoy entertaining.
The Peninsula Villa
The two-story Peninsula Villa truly feels like a luxurious residence. The décor epitomises the fusion of Asian and contemporary Peninsula heritage with hand-painted Chinoiserie panels and contemporary and classical furnishings. On the first level are a grand foyer, a sumptuous living area, a guest powder room and a private patio with a Jacuzzi and a private gate to the property. The elegant dining room, with its classical mahogany table that seats eight, has an adjacent kitchen fitted with top-of-the-range appliances that lends this Villa a palatial ambience. Reached by a sweeping stairway, the second floor features a master bedroom with a deluxe king-sized bed and a second bedroom with two double beds, both with en-suite marble bathrooms.
Royal Patio Suite
The Royal Patio Suite features cream-toned backgrounds and upholstery accented with gilded and hand-painted finishes. Creamy-white linen drapery frames views of the sweeping terrace, the hotel gardens and the Century City skyline. This palatial suite features several seating areas, contemporary artwork and a dining table that expands to seat eight beneath a crystal chandelier. French doors lead to the private terrace, which, at 450 sq. ft. (41.8 sq. m.) in size, is ideal for al fresco entertaining. The suite boasts LCD TVs, bedside control panels, complimentary WiFi and a modern kitchen with Viking and Sub Zero appliances.