Beverly Hills Travel Guide
Sorry, horses. You're not needed anymore, not even for those nostalgic horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a hotel brand known for their cutting-edge technology and high-flying modes of transportation, is now ferrying their guests around town in these souped up motorcycle-drawn carriages from 7 Wheel Wonders. The hog portion of the vehicle usually resembles a classic car, while the coach part resembles the old coaches of Jane Austen and Cinderella's time. That's the '57 Chevy above and the Old Hollywood in red below. Each ride comes with two "coach concierges" along with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Right now, the rides are currently offered to guests partaking in the hotel's treasure hunt, i.e. mostly families, but there's a possibility the rides will be offered to all hotel guests who want to experience an old-timey mode of transportation with a little flair...and an engine roar. Rates at the hotel start around $450 a night.
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A brand new hotel has opened in the heart of Beverly Hills, just steps from the famed Rodeo Drive. Earlier this month, Sirtaj, has opened its door in one of America's most famous zip codes. Well kinda, since, technically, this is in 90212, but who's counting?
The super trendy digs feature 32 rooms with free WiFi and creature comforts like Egyptian cotton linens. If the welcome cocktail isn't enough and you just need to raid the minibar, expect SoCal goodies as the custom mini-bars are stocked with locally-sourced treats .Oh, and java-addicts will appreciate the in-room LavAzza coffee-machines to prevent any dropping after Rodeo-Drive shopping.
..The Montage Beverly Hills and its view of Beverly Drive.
While the Central and East Coast are shaking in their boots wondering if/what kind of weather monstrosity is going to hit in the next few days (it's March, right?), this West Coast cutie is standing proud on the corner saying "Snow who? Snow what?"
The Montage knows not of such snowy thangs in Cali-for-ni-a. And we just love this pretty pic they posted on Intagram boasting all their hotness. Perhaps this snap it will inspire you to appreciate your warmth (if you live in such weather) or get out of the cold by taking a look-see at our Caribbean Guide.
There's a reason why Al Roker and Storm Phillips have huge followings. Weathermen have influence! Donchaknow?
[Photo: Montage Beverly Hills]
We sure hope last week's Four Seasons jewelry thief wasn't lurking around the Peninsula Bev Hills last night!
The Peninsula Beverly Hills must have been a hectic scene last night as hand-delivered suits and mysterious orange sacks began arriving at the hotel and immediately whisked up to VIP suites. "The bling is here!" the hotel announced on Facebook, as we pictured everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Catherine Zeta-Jones checking into five-star hotels all over Hollywood to get themselves dolled up for the big awards ceremony.
While we can't say for sure which stars were actually at the Peninsula, we guarantee a few of them were pretty big names. After all, what regular person would have multiple bags of expensive jewelry dragged up to their hotel suite on Oscars night? One starry-eyed Facebook commenter wrote: "I can only imagine what's inside!" One thing's for sure: nothing we'd be able to afford in a million gazillion years.
Beverly Hills may conjure old-school glamour and a dash of Julia Roberts but Thompson Beverly Hills has proven its staying power since opening five years ago. It just goes to show being hip has its benefits.
And while there's nothing wrong with the hotel (buzzing rooftop pool, sleek and chic rooms with balconies, REN bathroom amenities, etc), it is going through some major changes, and we like-y!
See what's in store after the jump.
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All looks quiet...for now.
We're still not quite sure how Lindsay Lohan, arguably one of the worst celebrity hotel guests EVER, still manages to find a luxury hotel in Los Angeles wiling to take her in, even after being blacklisted by Chateau Marmont and turned down by two Santa Monica hotels.
LiLo and DiLo were turned away from TWO famous hotels in Santa Monica late last night (we heard Shutters and Loews)... after they arrived in L.A. for Lindsay's court hearing.
But the search continued ... and the Lohan ladies were finally able to find a suite in the Hills of Beverly ... at the same hotel where Howard Hughes lived on and off for 30 years.
TMZ even has a pic of Dina posing in front of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel sign. Subtle! We have no idea who is footing the $1,000+ night room rate at the hotel but maybe "Liz and Dick" did better than we had previously thought.
We just hope the Lohans can complete their stay at the BHH without incident, especially since the hotel just completed a major renovation! But if the hotel finds damage to the tune of $50,000 in cigarette burns, well, we might just have to say we told you so.
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It's Oscar time! Or, as they say in Los Angeles hotels, "award season," which is equivalent to "high season" everywhere else outside of Tinsel Town so good luck getting a room. Oh, and you'll never see so much neck craning in hotel lobbies in your life. We've seen "normal" people throw on a cute outfit and dark shades just to get their five minutes. But we know our readers are much more fancier.
In honor of award season, the Dorchester Collection's Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel are giving guests the opportunity to experience a red-carpet moment with special amenities and themed packages that celebrate perhaps the only thing Hollywood looks forward to in February. This only happens once a year, people, so pay attention and start booking!
...the Beverly Wilshire! The hotel helped Today Show host Savannah Guthrie do her best "Pretty Woman" impersonation outside the property.
No doubt with all those bags she was getting her shopping on in anticipation of the upcoming Oscars. The tv segment can be seen here. http://ow.ly/gNLdP
[Beverly Wilshire, Instagram]
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The brand has joined with culinary wunderkind Wolfgang Puck to create Spago in-Suite. This is the first "room-service" type venture for the chef. Now, Each AKA full-service suite will include a menu featuring items from Puck's flagship Beverly Hills restaurant Spago. In addition to the well-loved favorites (pizza!) there will be a rotating list of daily specialty entrees (perhaps the liberty duck breast with pear-mustard raisin compote) to commemorate Puck's 30 year anniversary and Spago's new menu.
Last night the legendary The Beverly Hilton was able to put a string of bad luck behind it and focus on what it has been well-known for, hosting the Golden Globe Awards in the famous International Ballroom.
This 70th year was especially welcome because the event was hosted by funny gals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who would surely inject a welcome dose of humor in a hotel that hasn't had its funny bone tickled in a minute.
And though YMMV when it came to celeb fashion choices, there's no doubt the hotel was ecstatic at all the love being shown, with a good amount of Tweets and images being shown throughout the night. They shouted out everyone from NeNe Leakes from the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" on their feed to "Modern Family's" Ed O'Neill.
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We're not sure if it's a good idea or what, but for the first time publicly announced (and we say that for a reason), The Peninsula Beverly Hills is letting non-hotel guests have access to its rooftop swimming pool and private poolside cabanas.
Apparently this is a chance to let people get a taste of the life that the A-lister’s who'll attend the upcoming Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars live when they stay at the tony hotel. Of course, getting folks to spill those bold-faced names is harder than child birth. But whatevah.
So, it seems in order to get more play out of the cabanas (what else could be the reason?) the Peninsula has created three spa packages for plebes like us, that will duplicate the VIP treatment. Not only will you get a heavenly massage, but also included is poolside lunch, all-day use of the rooftop pool, and even a private cabana! This top spot is laced with a loaded iPod, flat-screen television, minibar, WiFi, and more.
And even though we feel a bit nervous this will turn the PBH into a low-rent free-for-all, a peep at the price tags makes us think all will be OK.
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We talk so much about New York and Chicago restaurants, that we may have neglected LA a bit. While we were chatting up chefs at Atlantic City’s Savor Borgata event just before Thanksgiving, we also ran into chef Stephen Kalt who heads up the delectable Fornelletto.
He told us that he was resurrecting a restaurant called Caulfield's Bar and Dining Room at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, which would replace the Bond Street eatery.
The Le Cirque vet has designed a Mediterranean menu fit for discriminating Angelenos, with homemade charcuterie, a variety of grilled pizzettes and pastas, and a laundry list of inventive main dishes.