Beverly Hill Travel Guide
By now everyone knows that
our childhood idol one of the greatest voices ever heard, Whitney Houston, who lived a life full of superstar highs and drug addiction lows, tragically passed away on Saturday afternoon at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. And like so many celebrity deaths in this 24-hour news cycle and info-ravenous age, the details surrounding her death keep on coming.
Houston died in a fourth floor suite at the hotel just hours before she was set to attend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party at the hotel. TMZ also reports that she was found underwater in the bathtub, possible from a Xanax overdose and that her last night on earth was spent getting rowdy in the hotel bar.
As if that weren't sufficiently tragic, TMZ also reports that Whitney's daugher, Bobbi Kristina, showed up at the hotel hours after her mother was found dead and demanded access to the room to see her mother one last time. She was later taken away from the hotel in a stretcher and sent onto Cedars-Sinai to be treated for shock, exhaustion and dehydration.
While all this terrible sadness and drama unfolded on the fourth floor, there was a party going on downstairs.
If you're heading to the L'ermitage Beverly Hills this summer you may want to check on the status of the hotel's refurbishments. The hotel was set to become The Viceroy Beverly Hills in late 2010 with refurbishments beginning in the Spring. But in a press release about the hotel's new hires, we saw that refurbishments were to begin sometime this summer. And on the new website for the hotel, the re-launch date is now listed as "early 2011". The name will also change a bit to Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
We skipped over to TripAdvisor to get a better feel for what's going on at the hotel from a guest's perspective and everything seems to be luxury hotel business as normal. Guests raved about the elegance, the peace and quiet, the spacious rooms and the great service. We hope the refurbs don't mess that up.
Interested in checking out the hotel before it becomes a Viceroy? The L'Ermitage is currently offering a third night free when you book two nights in a suite. Or a fourth night free when you book three nights in a standard room.