Little House on La Prairie at The Beverly Hills Hotel
To clarify, when we say "house" we're referring to poolside cabanas, and the prairie mentioned is luxury skin care line La Prairie. Both have a prominent place at The Beverly Hills Hotel, known as 90210's Pink Palace.
We often write about the towering, blush-toned local legend for good reason. Built in 1912, BHH has kept its reputation while that of newer, trendy Sunset Boulevard hotels has slid downhill. What's more, we always find something new to experience on repeat visits, whether dining at The Polo Lounge or browsing designer goods at the gift store.
Yesterday afternoon we decided to try out a couple of La Prairie treatments at the hotel's outdoor spa cabanas. Poor, poor us, right? Since LA is blessed with near year-round sunny weather, lying practically nude (albeit shaded from other guests) is a viable option for those that want a view of the aqua pool, palm trees, and maybe a glimpse of a celebrity visitor through a crack in the bushes. There were no sightings yesterday to speak of, but we did learn that sultry designer Tom Ford shares our soft spot for the hotel.
Because the cabanas can be totally private or opened up, they're a good option for both couples and larger groups—bridal parties, for instance—that want to enjoy outdoor cocktails, massages and the like.
However, bigger news is on the horizon, as we reported at the end of October: construction of brand-new bungalows atop existing tennis courts, boarded up from view on our visit. Builders just broke ground on the project, which is set to be completed by November 2010.
To recap, the hotel "residences" will span 3,500 square feet, decked out with Bang and Olafson electronics (including underwater pool speakers), and guarded with closed circuit cameras to ensure the highest level of privacy. There will even be "panic buttons" peppered throughout the space, though because the hotel is Fort Knox-like in its security measures, guests really needn't worry much about being pestered by obsessive fans.
Only time will tell who the next generation of bungalow-dwelling Marilyn Monroes, Howard Hughes, and Clark Gables will be. We wonder if LiLo will make the cut.