I really don’t know why I didn’t write this post sooner!
A few months ago I finally had the chance to take Hayden somewhere she has been dying to go, The Beverly Hills Hotel. A weird request for a 6-year-old, right? Well, if you know Hayden, it really wasn’t. She is a budding movie buff and ever since watching Troop Beverly Hills she just had to go. So one day when we found ourselves in the area with nothing to do, I figured what better time to visit. Thanks to the help of my BFF, who just so happens to work there, I was able to make one of Hayden’s little dreams come true!
A BIT OF HISTORY
So before we get to the fun stuff to do, let’s talk a little history.
Arguably one of the most well-known hotels in the world, The Beverly Hills Hotel has maintained its status as Hollywood’s playground for well over 100 years. Dating back to 1912, two whole years prior to the city of Beverly Hills being established, the Beverly Hills Hotel frequently hosted such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin, Marlyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, The Rat Pack, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, as well as many, many, more. Even today, Hollywood stars continue to flock to the hotel. Whether they chose to stay at one of the secluded bungalows or dine at the famous Polo Lounge, it is hard to deny that The Beverly Hills Hotel has established itself as a Hollywood icon.
WHAT TO DO & WHAT TO SEE
While staying The Beverly Hills Hotel may not be in the budget for all of us, there are still things to do and see even if you aren’t a guest.
THE POLO LOUNGE
Almost as famous as the hotel itself, The Polo Lounge is both a signature restaurant and Hollywood hotspot all in one. With a menu that boasts both contemporary plates and Old Hollywood favorites (like the McCarthy Salad which is absolutely delicious), it’s easy to understand why it has remained a favorite amongst the rich and famous.
With its emerald green walls, candle-lit tables, and booths that were occupied by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, the Polo Lounge has retained all of Old Hollywood’s glamour. If you don’t believe me just as Hayden. She couldn’t help but tell everyone just how much she felt like a princess while she was there. She even asked if this was something we could do every day (to which my response was: ” I wish! hahaha). But I must say, I totally agree with her. From the food to the service, everything was just impeccable and it felt like we were being waited on hand-and-foot.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the perfect summer brunch spot or even dinner check out the Polo Lounge Patio. It’s just gorgeous!
THE FOUNTAIN COFFEE ROOM
If you ever wanted to experience a 50’s style diner and soda fountain than The Fountain Coffee Room is just the place for you. With a classic feel and charm, The Fountain Coffee Room has been serving guests of The Beverly Hills Hotel since 1949. Whether you are in the mood for homemade ice cream, a classic burger, fresh waffles, or the best pressed orange juice on earth (so I’ve heard) this little coffee shop is the best place to satisfy all your cravings.
While Hayden and I didn’t get a chance to experience all the yumminess, The Fountain Coffee Shop if is the first place on our list next time we visit the Pink Palace.
THE CABANA CAFE
A popular spot during the warm summer months, the Cabana Cafe is perfect for anyone who wants to dine and sip poolside. With palm trees, a pool, and the signature green and pink color scheme throughout the restaurant, it’s a prime location to soak up the sun, grab a delicious drink, and snap an Instagram worthy photo.
While just walking around the hotel is a treat in itself, there are a few things that you should seek out while you are there.
A little obvious, but make sure to take a walk around the grounds if you ever decide to visit. Not only are the well manicured and lush gardens beautiful to see, but to walk through the bungalows and retrace the steps of Hollywood’s most iconic stars (Elizabeth Taylor actually spent six of her eight honeymoons in Bungalow 5) is such a cool little experience.
WILL RODGERS MEMORIAL PARK
While technically no longer apart from The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Will Rogers Memorial Park is still very much tied to the hotel. Formerly known as Sunset Park and established the same year the hotel opened, the Will Rogers Memorial Park was once apart of the front lawn leading up to The Beverly Hills Hotel. While just a small strip of green space off of Sunset Blvd., the park boasts a beautiful fountain and a quiet spot to soak in the surroundings.
100th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE DISPLAYS
Since turning 100 years old in 2012, The Beverly Hills Hotel has since shined a light upon its unique and iconic Hollywood history.
In huge display cases throughout the hotel, guests are allowed a glimpse of rare photographs, magazine articles, and vintage artifacts dating back to the grand opening of the hotel. If you get the chance, check out a few of the displays and read some snippets to learn some lesser known facts about the Pink Palace.
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL SIGN
Speaking of lesser-known facts; you may notice upon arrival that the sign on the exterior of The Beverly Hills Hotel simply reads “The Beverly Hills.” I know, not a big deal but I’m sure most people wonder why the “hotel” portion of the sign is missing. Well, let me explain. Since the hotel itself actually came before the city of Beverly Hills it technically was the one and only Beverly Hills. In this case, it was like the egg came before the chicken. Kind of cool, right? Even if you don’t think so it’s still a great spot to grab a photo. Oh, and if that sign doesn’t do it for you, there is another variation located on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Hartford Way.
Next time you find yourself in Beverly Hills, I obviously recommend just popping by the hotel to experience a part of Hollywood history. Whether you just want to look around or stop by one of the many dining outlets to taste the delicious food, The Beverly Hills Hotel is a piece of L.A. everyone should discover!