Beverly Hills / Bel Air, Beverly Hills
An elegant A-list retreat with classic decor
Ivy-covered walls protect the hotel’s tree-lined paths and fountain courtyards from prying eyes and traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard. Small winding passages adorned with lemon trees, pansies, and palm trees give the gardens the feeling of a secret garden. Inside the lobby, the modestly sized reception table is cut from an immodest block of marble, with doors leading to lounges and a tea room decorated like a French palace. Check-in and check-out are at any time the guest requests, and celebrities and high-heeled guests receive treatment from list A.
In Beverly Hills, minutes from Rodeo Drive
The Peninsula is located in Beverly Hills, on an unattractive four-lane stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, close to the busy cruise on Wilshire Boulevard. Salons and beauty salons dominate the surroundings. There are not many tourist attractions or nightlife venues nearby, but if high-end shopping is the goal, this is a good zip code to be. It is a 14-minute walk to the Westfield Century City shopping center. And the infamous Rodeo Drive is a 5-minute drive or a 25-minute walk away. Hollywood sites like the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Bowl, and Grauman’s Chinese Theater are about a 20- to 25-minute drive. Downtown LA is about a 40-minute drive away. LAX Airport is a 40- to 60-minute drive, depending on traffic.
Wide range of luxurious rooms with iPod docks and marble bathrooms
The hotel has 194 rooms, including 38 suites and 16 private villas, all with various amenities and price ranges. At 480 square meters, the standard rooms are more significant than the competition, although the Renaissance-inspired decor may be too much for some. Floral canopies hang over the beds, and the rich wooden cabinets have 40-inch flat-screen TVs sitting on top of the marble. However, most do not have a balcony or patio to go out. French doors open to views of the garden or city. An electronic bedside control panel controls room temperature, lights, and privacy preferences. Fresh fruits, minibars, and iPod docks are standard, but there is no coffee maker. Italian pink and white marble bathrooms have glass baths and separate bathtubs, plush bathrobes, scales, and Oscar de la Renta toiletries. The closest bedrooms add everything from living rooms with fireplaces to full kitchens, and each villa has its private entrance, making them favorites for those looking to be discreet.
Rooftop pool, complete spa, The Belvedere restaurant, afternoon tea room, luxury tours, and complimentary luxury car service
The rooftop pool and whirlpool served private cabanas along its panoramic terrace. The huts can be transformed into meeting spaces or external offices with Wi-Fi, iPhone docks, telephones, and faxes. There are also some more dedicated spaces for meetings and events, including a ballroom for up to 300 people. Adjacent to the pool area, The Peninsula Spa does not just have the usual massages, facials, and nail treatments – here, therapists use oils containing rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, depending on the type of disease to be addressed. The attached fitness center is equipped with treadmills and state-of-the-art weight training machines.
For dinner, Belvedere’s new American cuisine has been praised for decades, with high comforts like mac and cheese with truffles and chicken mushrooms, more refined European trends like a branzino with Dungeness crab in a sabayon. Hollywood power lunches are a common occurrence on its outdoor patio, and on Sundays, it launches a live jazz brunch with unlimited Champagne. Space was completely renovated in January 2016. The living room serves food all day, including Royal tea in the afternoon (complete with the harpist’s performance and two fireplaces’ ambiance), breakfast, and Champagne and strawberries for the dessert. The Club Bar can also absorb fine spirits or the hotel’s own Sonoma Pinot Noir in grandeur with wood panels. Among the top quality services provided, there are various luxury cars (and drivers), including a Rolls-Royce for the most exclusive shopping trips, and there are also a pair of Mini Cooper S Clubmans to tour the city – all free for guests. The hotel also offers several expensive activities, such as a Wine Country helicopter tour aimed at adults. Still, most are of all ages (such as a personally guided shopping day or a private tour of a movie studio). Others are created for the child who has everything, such as “Princess for a day,” an attempt to dress and care. Like a Wine Country helicopter tour aimed at adults, most are of all ages (like a personal day of guided shopping or a private tour of a movie studio). Others are created for the child who has everything, such as “Princess for a day,” an attempt to dress and care. Like a Wine Country helicopter tour aimed at adults, most are of all ages (like a personal day of guided shopping or a private tour of a movie studio). Others are created for the child who has everything, such as “Princess for a day,” an attempt to dress and care.