We’re startinf things off with a legendary Los Angeles enclave: The Beverly Hills Hotel. Below, General Manager Edward Mady tells us a bit about his famed property—and which room he likes best.
DESCRIBE THE HOTEL IN A SENTENCE.
You’d be hard pressed to find another hotel that matches The Beverly Hills Hotel when it comes to heritage-driven allure, legendary history, and enduring glamour.
WHICH ROOM IS THE BEST?
It would have to be Bungalow 5, inspired by our beloved guest Elizabeth Taylor, who spent six of her eight honeymoons here. The bungalow was recently redesigned and incorporates aspects of her life. It includes whimsical elements reflective of her English roots and her most celebrated movie roles.
The bungalow’s glamorous interiors are perfectly balanced with elements that convey a welcoming residential feel, including a fireplace, full kitchen, and elegant master suite. But it is the spectacular outdoor living space, complete with private pool, Jacuzzi and large patio, that makes this premier accommodation so special and desirable.
WHAT’S THE AVERAGE NIGHTLY RATE?
WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL GUEST?
With a history of 100 plus years, the hotel attracts nearly every type of visitor from around the globe. From entertainment industry executives and business travelers, to family vacationers and special occasion guests, we happily welcome them all.
ARE YOU ABLE TO MENTION ANY CELEBRITIES THAT THE HOTEL HAS HOSTED?
Let’s take a step back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Age and imagine the great people-watching here that included Rita Hayworth, Douglas Fairbanks, Fred Astaire and Marilyn Monroe. Of course, this still continues today but I’ll never reveal any names!
WHAT’S ONE LOCAL RECOMMENDATION YOU ALWAYS GIVE FIRST-TIME VISITORS?
I always suggest a visit to our sister property, Hotel Bel-Air, located just ten minutes away. For over three quarters of a century, this enchanting hideaway has welcomed notables from around the world and generations of guests. Go to the Bar & Lounge and order Monroe’s Passion, named for you-know-who, or make a night of it over dinner in their signature Wolfgang Puck restaurant.
CAN YOU SHARE AN INTERESTING TIDBIT ABOUT THE HOTEL’S HISTORY?
There are countless colorful anecdotes to share. But a few of my personal favorites include the Beatles sneaking into the pool after hours for a midnight swim, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack’s closing down the Polo Lounge bar many evenings, and Howard Hughes living on and off at the hotel for 30 years. Oh, if these walls could talk!
SOURCE: (TOWN & COUNTRY MAG)