To celebrate the city's centennial, five iconic Beverly Hills hotels have dedicated a suite to a different era.
Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection (pictured)
The Vibe: Tinseltown glamour in a tropical-resort setting with classic Hollywood touches (banana-leaf wallpaper; Art Deco lobby; that famous sign).
Who Goes: Hollywood players making deals at the Polo Lounge; families who love the pool and breakfast at the coffee shop.
The New Suite: The 1950’s-style room has a brick fireplace, coved ceilings, and curvaceous furniture inspired by Marilyn Monroe, a frequent guest. $$$
The Vibe: Intimate, sophisticated, and discreet: tucked away on a residential street, it could be mistaken for a luxury apartment building.
Who Goes: Europeans; the art and fashion sets; people who carry Alexander McQueen garment bags.
The New Suite: Seventies fabulous, with Ultrasuede, mirrored surfaces, and a powder room papered in Interview magazine covers. $$$$$
The Vibe: A mammoth business hotel with a partying streak: it’s where the Golden Globes take place.
Who Goes: Guests looking for value, occasional star sightings, and Mai Tais at Trader Vic’s Lounge.
The New Suite: Knoll-esque furniture and patterned carpeting à la David Hicks evoke the 1960’s. $$
The Vibe: The newest kid on the block (it opened in 2008) has a Spanish Revival look that recalls the movie-star mansions of prewar Beverly Hills.
Who Goes: Monied travelers who like being a diamond’s throw from Rodeo Drive; A-listers such as Oprah, Gwyneth, and Maria Shriver.
The New Suite: Lalique crystal, an antique phonograph, and a vintage typewriter all channel the film noir 1940’s. $$$$
The Vibe: Elegant and grand, with classical music piped throughout, a harp player during afternoon tea, and housekeeping staff in French maid uniforms.
Who Goes: Japanese shoppers, C-suite execs, and VIP’s who won’t let anyone but a uniformed valet park their Ferraris.
The New Suite: A nod to the hotel’s opening year, 1991, it has an in-room iPod playlist and Oscar-winning DVD’s from the era. Titanic, anyone? $$$$$
Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000