Long known as a refined and discreet playground for business travelers, international jetsetters and Hollywood royalty, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is an urban oasis tucked away in one of the world’s most glamorous cities. As the only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in Southern California for 19 consecutive years, the luxury boutique hotel prides itself on offering guests the finest in Southern California hospitality. Such lofty standards result in thoughtful touches that shine in the form of a team of airport concierges at LAX, 24-hour check in, monogrammed pillowcases, Rodeo Drive shopping by chauffeured Rolls-Royce Ghost and white-uniformed hotel page boys to walk your dog around the block at any time of day.
My second visit to what has become one of my favorite hotels in the world revealed that it had just completed an extensive renovation of all 193 guest rooms, suites and private villas. The new look is a celebration of color that enhances the connection between the sunshine-drenched interiors and surrounding tropical gardens, yet retains the hotel’s original aesthetic. “When planning the year-long rooms enhancement, we kept in mind our loyal guests – more than 70% of those who stay with us are repeat customers,” explained Managing Director Offer Nissenbaum. “They implored us not to change what they love about The Peninsula – its classic elegance and intimate comfort in a setting evocative of a glamorous Beverly Hills estate.”
A lovely surprise comes with the hotel’s four largest suites, a quartet of color including a green, pink, white and blue suite. Each was designed with its own distinct signature color palette and style and each exudes a true sense of an elegant home away from home. Three of the suites were designed by Southern California based interior firm, Forchielli Glynn, while the fourth, the “blue” suite, was created by American design icon Nancy Corzine, who decorated it floor to ceiling in her signature line of furnishings, wall coverings and carpeting.
Ms. Corzine, who has designed award-winning hotels and the homes of the rich and famous around the world, considers The Peninsula Beverly Hills her favorite hotel in Los Angeles. She said she was thrilled to be invited to design a suite at The Peninsula and she imagined one that a “California blonde would look fabulous in.” Throughout the two-bedroom suite, the color palette is ice blue accented with Venetian silver, cream and white. The master bedroom invites guests to luxuriate, its king-sized bed complemented by a chaise lounge in shades of pale blue and white, two mirrored nightstands and polished-nickel wall sconces. A charming touch is the Venetian silver bench upholstered in tufted blue linen velvet. These glamorous, yet comfortable pieces are from Corzine’s contemporary line.
As tempting as it was to remain in The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ glorious new color suites, lovely experiences beckoned me throughout the property. Just off of the main lobby is The Club Bar, a handsome, dark wood-paneled lounge with a brass bar trim, mirrored bar back and flickering fireplace. The bar scene here bustles from early evening through the wee hours, particularly during Hollywood “Awards Season” of early January through the end of February. When the big league entertainment-award shows—including the Grammys, the Golden Globes and the Oscars are in town, “A-listers” fill not just The Club Bar, but the entire hotel.
Steps beyond The Club Bar, a dramatically different yet equally impressive scene awaits in The Living Room. This exceedingly comfortable salon holds overstuffed sofas and armchairs, two fireplaces and glittering crystal chandeliers. During the afternoon The Living Room is home to The Peninsula’s renowned Afternoon Tea, an homage to the hotel’s Hong Kong heritage. To the delicate melodies played by the resident harpist, guests enjoy homemade scones, tea sandwiches, sweets and premium tea in hand-painted china, as well as a glass of Champagne. Five evenings a week, resident pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala entertains guests with the best of Broadway and popular music from his repertoire of more than 2000 memorized tunes.
On the top floor of The Peninsula Beverly Hills, adjacent to the rooftop pool and deck and the lovely al fresco Roof Garden Restaurant, all of which offer spectacular views of the city and Hollywood Hills, is The Peninsula Spa. The jewel-box of a spa is known for indulgent seasonal beauty treatments such as the sun-infused Moroccan Oil hair and scalp treatments designed to be enjoyed in one of the twelve, private rooftop pool cabanas. These treatments include a massage of Argan rich Moroccan oil into the hair and scalp while allowing the sun’s rays to aid in deep penetration. The result is lustrous, shiny, rejuvenated hair and spirit – a quintessential Southern California touch for guests who are enjoying the pleasures of The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
From airport arrival to gracious décor to opulent amenities, The Peninsula Beverly Hills guides visitors through a dream Southern California luxury experience with meticulous attention to detail, now, with newly renovated accommodation, in an even more spectacular setting.
For more information on the Peninsula Beverly Hills or to make a reservation, please visit www.peninsula.com/beverlyhills or call (310) 551-2888.