The Beverley Hills Hotel is enchanting. Stunningly sophisticated yet with a relaxed resort feel it envelops you in carefully renovated luxury while simultaneously transporting you to a bygone era when Hollywood’s elite such as Marilyn Monroe sat high on her regular stool in the unassuming diner downstairs. The pink palace, as it’s affectionately known, is over 100 years old and stars still shine brightly here.

Perched up at the bar in the famous polo lounge (piano tinkling in the background) I enjoyed spontaneous drinks with an Emmy award winning stranger. Soaking up the lavish poolside surrounds I received an invitation to a party with famous musicians and during sunsets I brushed shoulders with the wildly rich while weaving my way through tropical gardens along pathways to what most would consider to be unattainable suites. The staff had encouraged me to revel in this early evening enchantment even if the accomodation I booked was in a more modest section of the hotel.

These “more modest” rooms however were far from standard. The whimsical green palms fronds that adorn the paper on the walls leading you to them, bring the outside sensation in. Each one is fit for a king, or princess in my case, the stay here certainly making me feel like one – an experience I will not soon forget.

As you come and go from the hotel you’ll find the valets delightful and when prompted they tell tales of the famous, fantastic and absurdly affluent, of the cars they’ve been asked to drive which have been the highlight of their work life here and the fabulous regulars who know them by name and with whom they have become fast friends.

The awe-inspiring always changing automobiles lining the lot out the front are head turners and the hotel entryway so striking and recognisable it doubles as a never ending red carpet requiring those helpful valets to pose as photographers for those who want to capture their stay in more than just their hearts.

The palatial pool environment has you believing your life is always this glamorous and for the moments you spend lounging by this sparkling aquatic paradise sipping champagne, cocktails or dining at the outdoor restaurant you are convinced it is.

My stay at the Pink Palace was by far the most beautiful and unforgettable of my travel-life to date, it seeps into your pores and during your time as their guest you become part of the very spirit of Hollywood. Extremely pricey and worth every penny…I’ll be saving mine to relive this wondrous dream time and again. Until then The Beverley Hills Hotel will remain under my skin and on closing my eyes ghosts of Golden Age Icons will appear to beckon me back.

The e-sea life recommends:
Enjoying a chicken salad in the Fountain Coffee Room. This will be the healthiest, most convenient and delicious lunch you’ve had since arriving in LA. Alone the experience of eating (and people watching) here will make a visit worth your while…if it was good enough for Marilyn!

A short trip to Rodeo Drive for a spot of shopping. Window shopping will suffice or be prepared to burn a serious hole in your wallet.

To see inviting images of the hotel and plan your stay head to The Beverley Hills Hotel.

I hope to see you there! Take it e-sea. Mel x


Poolside pic repost BevHillsHotel

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