Historic Hotel Draped in Hollywood Elegance
Among the well-known landmarks in Southern California, iconic hotels are some of the most recognized. The Beverly Hilton, a monument on Wilshire Boulevard in the opulent city of Beverly Hills, has had an illustrious history since it opened in 1955.
Distinctive since its inception, The Beverly Hilton is a historic destination that has accommodated Hollywood legends like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. It’s still a movie industry hot spot today, and it’s not uncommon to find A-listers in the lobby or at one of the property’s restaurants.
The hotel’s International Ballroom has hosted the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony since 1961 and has been the location choice for the Oscar Nominee Luncheon, the prestigious Milken Institute’s Global Conference, and a variety of red-carpet events.
The hotel’s history stretches more than three-quarters of a century. Conrad Hilton originally created The Beverly Hilton in the mid-fifties as a showpiece. Merv Griffin purchased the hotel for $100.2 million in December 1987, and in 2003 sold it for $130 million to Oasis West Realty. However, Hilton Hotels has maintained management of The Beverly Hilton since it first opened.
When the property went through a $35 million renovation in 2020, the designers revived the decor but retained its sophisticated mid-century style. The gold- and neutral-toned furnishings in the lobby reflect the Hollywood chic motif of yesteryear yet the vibe is modern and minimalistic.
There are 24 meeting and banquet rooms on the property, an outdoor Oasis Courtyard, three ballrooms, meticulously manicured gardens, and oversized outdoor spaces for weddings and special events. The gift shop features everything from logoed souvenirs to posh pool attire for outfitting guests when they visit the hotel’s famous swimming pool.
The Aqua Star Pool has been enjoyed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Angelina Jolie who took a dip in it after winning her second Golden Globe. There is poolside food and drink service, and daybeds are available to rent for a more elevated experience.
Adjacent to the pool is the 6,000-square-foot, Upgrade Labs, a wellness center that offers high-tech experiences such as cryotherapy, a whole-body vibration plate, and infrared and ozone saunas. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service hair salon, and a luxurious spa to pamper skin and sore muscles.
With a total of 566 guestrooms, visitors have the option to stay in any of three areas depending on accommodation preferences: The Wilshire Tower Rooms and Suites, The Oasis Building or Poolside Cabanas.
Rooms in The Wilshire Tower feature contemporary decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces that offer spectacular views of Beverly Hills. The Oasis building offers 181 rooms adorned in midcentury furnishings and a large shared outdoor garden with an artistic fountain. Poolside Cabanas are 36 rooms that encircle the Aqua Star Pool and offer a laid-back, resort experience.
Bordering the pool, Circa 55, named for the year in which The Beverly Hilton was built, is the hotel’s casual eatery that features breakfast, lunch and dinner and a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Sant’olina restaurant sits at the hotel’s rooftop and features outdoor dining, a Mediterranean menu, breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and full bar.
Perhaps the most notable feature of The Beverly Hilton is the duration of time that much of the staff has served at the hotel. Valeri Young, who has worked in the marketing office for five years, said the team is like family.
“We have a bartender who’s been here for 45 years, a doorman for 40 and people in nearly every department for more than 20 years,” she said. “It’s a wonderful place to be, even if it’s where you work.”
The Beverly Hilton is a magical property that has it all — luxury, history, celebrity, and, most of all, impeccable service. It’s an experience worth a visit and is especially suited for SoCal locals looking for an ideal staycation.
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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