I spent the second part of my LA summer escape at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Just off Sunset Boulevard, amid the estates of Beverly Hills, the 'Pink Palace' stands majestically among 12 acres of lush gardens.
I arrived prior to check-in time so that I could take advantage of an incredibly beautiful day and my favorite pool scene in LA. Bright sunshine, no humidity, and stellar service. The plate of smoked salmon with gluten-free bread + an iced coffee were the perfect way to start the day.
You can't go to the Beverly Hills Hotel without dining at the iconic Polo Lounge. I had the privilege of having lunch with the property's PR manager, who told me all about the renovation process and exciting happenings around the hotel. We were tucked away in a shady spot on the patio and talked away the afternoon.
The service was flawless, it was simple to order gluten free (almost everything can be adapted to be gf), and the food was light + fresh. I had such a wonderful time!
My favorite part of lunch with friends or clients is always when the coffee and dessert comes. It's that extra bit of time when people start to feel more comfortable and you are able to connect. Plus, there was NO way I was leaving the Polo Lounge without trying the flourless chocolate cake. Delectable. You must order it if you go!
Before I knew it, I received a call from the guest relations person letting me know my room was ready. And because I had waited so long (*happily enjoying the pool and a swanky lunch), I was upgraded to a deluxe room.
The rooms were recently refurbished and now have a California chic look. I'm 99% sure I stayed in the exact same room on my last visit, and it was really fun to compare the previous to current designs.
I was glad to see that while much of the room had design + technology upgrades, many of the details which make staying at the property such a special experience, remained untouched.
After a leisurely breakfast at the Polo Lounge, I spent my final hours poolside and had one last meal at the Cabana Café (complete with the flourless chocolate cake, of course!).
If you're looking for a place to escape in LA, both the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel are excellent options with impeccable service, food, and rooms. Hotel Bel-Air is more of a quiet refuge, and the Beverly Hills Hotel is a livelier, see and be seen spot. Staying at each was the perfect balance for me.
Which do you prefer - quiet, energetic, or a little bit of both?
Photography: Christie McMillan