Posts Tagged ‘Beverly Hills Hotel’
Private Tour Enjoys Tea Time at the Pink Palace
Before there was a Beverly Hills there was a Beverly Hills Hotel. In 1912 the area looked nothing like the plush, verdant luxury neighborhood it is today. Nor did the hotel. More like ranch land and wide open space, even a race track for automobiles. But the years have been kind to the hotel and the city. A hideaway for movie stars (numerous bungalows and suites) and royalty from around the world this exquisite Mediterranean Revival structure captures the eyes and imagination of anyone traveling along Sunset Boulevard. Our office was abuzz this morning with discussion of an interview with Warren Beatty about his new film RULES DON’T APPLY. Ostensibly about Howard Hughes and Hollywood the hotel was often occupied by Mr. Hughes. Really occupied. As Mr. Beatty tells it, he, a brand new Hollywood star after the success of his first film, Elia Kazan‘s SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, was staying at the hotel…in one room. However, all the neighboring rooms were assigned to Howard Hughes. Mr. Hughes was unique. The stars still come out at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We often stop for lunch at the Polo Lounge and will subtly point out not only the celebrities but faces our Los Angeles private tour guests might not know, those belonging to studio executives and talent agents. Our tour guides not only follow the industry closely (it IS our bread and butter, after all) but most of them have years of studio and entertainment industry experience behind them and have closely encountered many industry people “doing lunch” at the Polo Lounge. Lunch on a private tour can be arranged or even a late afternoon visit for tea. We are very careful with our camera at the hotel. We respect the privacy of those staying there and do not wish to encumber our welcome at the hotel when we visit. However, outside the hotel, even on a rare windswept day with a rainstorm imminent, we can take great pictures of the hotel and our guests.
Our Private Tour Arrives in Style at the Beverly Hills Hotel
The famous Beverly Hills Hotel, affectionately known as the Pink Palace, on Sunset Boulevard is very much a home to Hollywood history. Movie stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood all the way through today and other entertainment industry royalty, as well as real royalty from around the globe, make this hotel and its private bungalows a regular stop when they need hotel accommodations in Los Angeles. The grand opulence (California style) is evident as you turn off the wide boulevard across from the Will Rogers Memorial Park into the short driveway leading to the porte-cochère and an able crew of valets to see to the parking of your vehicle. Just for the fun of it the hotel has set up a red carpet arrival for guests and visitors. Our guests on their private tour of Los Angeles knew immediately how to walk the carpet, stop and turn in their light and pose for their tour guide/paparazzi so they would have a wonderful set of pictures to go in their tour photo album. After the photo session we headed in for lunch at the fabulous Polo Lounge. We had talked up the restaurant’s McCarthy Cobb Salad. Who would we be dining with today? Which stars and dignitaries would be at surrounding tables and booths?
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests See Film Being Made
Coming up along the Beverly Hills Hotel, locally known as the Pink Palace, we were able to stop and show our guests a film shoot in action. We in Los Angeles are very used to seeing this but to our Los Angeles tour guests seeing a movie, tv show or commercial being made in real life is an exciting treat. The vintage automobiles suggest a period piece and since the hotel has been there since 1912 Hollywood production companies have a number of historic periods they can shoot at this luxury hotel. Palm trees, blue skies, pink-painted stucco all set the place for whatever date the filmmakers require. This is a beautiful part of Beverly Hills with its wide streets and verdant lawns and so many former and current celebrity homes to point out and photograph with our guests. We will even suggest stopping for lunch at the hotel’s famous Polo Lounge to hobnob with the stars over a McCarthy Cobb Salad.
Our Private Los Angeles Tour Begins in the Lobby by the Art
Our company motto is “On time is late!” We always arrive early to our rendezvous with our private Los Angeles tour guests at their luxury hotels in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles and anywhere they happen to be staying. What do we do when we are early? We pull out our cameras and photograph the art in the hotels. The Jason Young installation seen above captures your attention when you stand in the lobby of the supremely elegant Beverly Wilshire Hotel, one of our most frequent custom Los Angeles tour starting points. Jason, a Paris and Los Angeles trained artist, originally from Canada, now resides in New York but his artwork is on display throughout the world. Describing his projects as high-tech minimal “trompe-l’oeuil” is certainly one way to characterize the colored acrylic panels that adorn the Beverly Wilshire’s lobby. We are more likely to say, “Wow, that’s amazing!” We’ll post more luxury hotel lobby art in the future.
Even before there was officially a city of Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hills Hotel was open and serving guests in the luxurious and opulent style that is still their hallmark today. No wonder they called it the Pink Palace. Even today it serves Hollywood royalty.
Downstairs from the lobby is one of the finest little diners in all of Los Angeles, the Fountain Coffee Room. Like the other dining venues at the hotel celebrating this centenary occasion the Fountain Coffee Room menu features photos from long ago, just something to enjoy while you decide what you are going to eat from their fabulous menu. Sit at the counter where countless luminaries from Hollywood’s heyday all the way to today have placed their celebrity bottoms before enjoying a casual meal or just a fountain concoction (milkshake, malted, banana split). The hotel is celebrating its 100th year in business with all sorts of birthday activities scheduled — all the more reason to visit.
We often provide private luxury tours to the guests of the hotel visiting Los Angeles. We also suggest to our guests staying elsewhere that the Beverly Hills Hotel is an excellent stop on their tour, especially when it’s time to eat. Brunch, lunch, tea or dinner we enjoy any excuse to stop at the hotel and always hope for a chance to visit the Fountain Coffee Room.