The Peninsula Beverly Hills
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
“What a beautiful and classic oasis of elegance and style in the heart of Beverly Hills! No wonder this hotel has been so popular since opening over 20 years ago. Everything has been refurbished and upgraded/modernized, but somehow an old-fashioned ease remains.”
(Date experienced: April 2012. Continually since 2008)
Both business and pleasure. With and without the kids in tow. The fully equipped business center is open 24 hours and guest rooms have work desks, printers and fax machines. Additional meeting/event rooms are also available.
Solo, hubby/wife or with family.
Arriving to our room first thing in the morning to find a fresh pot of my favorite tea brewing (they remembered from my last visit) and our initials stitched into the pillowcases. Felt homey and appreciated.
Best time to go
The weather in Southern California is close to perfect year-round even though December/January can be a bit unpredictable. My personal favorites are October/November and March through June.
The main lounge is very popular for afternoon tea cum power meetings as is breakfast. Do reserve the table you prefer with the host, letting him know you are a hotel guest. The back patio and upstairs terrace restaurant are your best bets.
Good to note
Super dog-friendly! Pets are welcome at an additional charge of $35/night. A doggie room-service menu and dog walkers are available.
Feel like being a prima donna? The driver will chauffeur you in the hotel’s complimentary Rolls-Royce Phantom to destinations within a 2-mile radius to Beverly Hills and Century City. Kinda fun. When we arrived to The Beverly Hills hotel for a drink with friends, everyone thought I was Jennifer Anniston!
193 recently renovated rooms and suites, ranging from 480 to 2,250 square feet, plus 16 detached garden villa suites with their own entrances (these are my fave as they feel like your own tiny house). While the rooms were just renovated in 2011, the décor is more old-world with light woods and floral fabrics but with the most up-to-date technology. 24-hour check-in/out from the time of arrival. Don’t you wish that every hotel had this option?
Service & vibe
Flawless, poloshed service as you would expect from a Peninsula hotel. No surprise that it wins prizes and accolades for being one of the world’s top hotels year after year.
The Roof Garden is a sublime little treat for a casual, cosy dinner. The food is mostly fantastic, and the ambiance lovely and easy-going.
Price per night
From $450 - season and room depending.
To Do & See
There are so many things to do in and around LA and so easily reachable from the hotel’s central location. A couple of ideas: spend an afternoon visiting Greystone Mansion and Park, the Getty Museum or taking a drive through Brentwood to Malibu. If you don’t feel like venturing out, there are plenty of things to do at the hotel such as taking a piano lesson with Peninsula’s resident pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala or in-house cooking lessons. Nice touch.
Sport & Activity
The 5th floor fitness center is open from 5 a.m. to 11 pm daily and workout clothes are provided (if needed), so no good reason to skip a workout! I enjoyed laps in the outdoor rooftop pool. More into classes? Try out one of Physique 57’s killer ballet-barre workouts at their relatively newly opened LA studio. Looking to get out in the fresh air? Head to one of LA’s many hiking trails, which the concierge will gladly assist with.
Spa & Grooming
The excellent (albeit pricey) spa offers a great range of treatments for both women and men, including a local friend’s favorite: the Shiffa Precious Gem treatment.
Tip: If you want to enjoy the California sun while enjoying your spa treatments, consider a pedicure in one of the outside private cabanas. (Again, pamper pamper prima donna.) Walk 5 minutes to eyebrow guru Anastasia Soare and her team for perfectly groomed eyebrows that will make your face appear years younger.
One of my favorites is still the charming Little Door with its romantic, little patio and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. There are so many to list... good sources are our secret.
Los Angeles is definitely not short of shopping opportunities. While many tourists like to check out the stores on Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard, consider the boutiques on Melrose Place (not Avenue!) including Monique Lhuillier’s flagship store and stroll charming Montana Avenue and the Brentwood Country Mart for pretty/kiddie/floral goodies.
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Centrally located near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard.
A 35-minute drive from LAX (without traffic that is).
Tel: +1 310 551 2888
General Manager: Offer Nissenbaum
Head Concierge: James G. Little