A bucket list can really be anything – mountains you want to climb, once-in-a-lifetime adventures you want to take, people you want to meet… and so on and so forth. My own list contains all of those things, but one thing I have always wanted to do was stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel. I’ve been fascinated by old school Hollywood glamour for as long as I can remember and this hotel is as old school Hollywood as it gets. From the iconic sign to my love affair with Slim Aarons‘ photography to my obsession with all things Martinique, it has been one of my dream destinations for quite some time. When I went to LA for the SAG Awards with L’Oreal, I decided to go out one night early and splurge on a one night stay there. Spoiler alert: It was everything I dreamed of and probably more!
First, a little history for you: the hotel (affectionately known as The Pink Palace) was built in 1912 – before there really even was a Beverly Hills. The city of Beverly Hills literally grew up around the hotel after that. I literally get chills thinking about who has stayed there. All of the big names. The Beatles, Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe (Bungalow 7 was her favorite), Elizabeth Taylor (she honeymooned there… six times!), and so on and so forth. The hotel boasts 208 guest rooms and 23 private bungalows… along with three restaurants that are iconic in their own ways (The Cabana Cafe, The Polo Club, The Fountain Coffee Room).
PS – For something fun and even more history around the hotel and its famous guests, I loved reading this: The Most Infamous Moments in the Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows.
When I booked my room I didn’t mention my blog (occasionally I will reach out to hotel properties ahead of time to see if they offer a media rate). I didn’t do this because it was The Beverly Hills Hotel. I mean, come on – they don’t need me. It’s one of the most famous hotels in the world. But then, something amazing happened. At check in, they upgraded me (from their least expensive room, ha ha) to one of the private bungalows. This sounds dramatic but I nearly cried. Having wanted to stay there all my life, it was an absolute dream. As it turns out they google all of their guests and they liked my Instagram page. So I got an upgrade… and a cheese plate! I realize I am (still) being dramatic, but this was probably one of the coolest things that has ever happen to me, blogging-wise.
Speaking of Slim Aarons – I love this shot of Faye Dunaway by the pool.
photos 1, 3, 4, 14 by Felicia Lasala.