Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
There’s something to be said for the place that gave Beverly Hills its name and turned it into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. Opened in 1912 amid the fields of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Beverly Hills Hotel and its luxurious bungalows were a mainstay of the Hollywood scene since day one. In the early days the hotel attracted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, made gossip rags as a Rat Pack drinking hole, and appeared in more than a few films. Its legendary Polo Lounge and Cabana Café—revamped along with the rest of the hotel between 2012 and 2014—embody the decadence of midcentury silver screen society, in all its signature pink-and-green, retro botanical-print glory.
Nowadays, the iconic pool, the scene of many a photoshoot and film, is open to the public for a fee, so the stars confine themselves to the kitted-out, guests-only pool cabanas and the storied, residence-like bungalows. But, between the anything-you-wish service, 12 acres of exotic gardens, and lovingly restored deco-meets-1940s–style rooms, everyone’s somebody, here.