According to our tour guide for the morning, the hotel’s Managing Director, Offer Nissenbaum, the new aesthetic is meant to buck current hotel deco trends that seem to rely more and more exclusively on drab shades of gray, black, white, taupe and more gray. Instead, the new rooms are meant to evoke a “luxurious but relaxed Beverly Hills estate” with colorful floral and garden-print upholstery, lots of natural light, and warm-toned antique finishes on the leather and wood furniture, as well as brass accents and fixtures.
You might recognize the touch of the interior designers, LA-based firm Forchielli Glynn, from their other properties such as the Four Seasons Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island, as well as the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucscon.
For the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the firm incorporated custom-made European-style cabinetry that incorporates all the in-room technology that Peninsula is famous for, like desk drawers that hide color printer-copier-faxes, and wooden nightstands holding new, state-of-the-art bedside panels with light and temperature controls.
The firm’s partners Cynthia Forchielli and Helen Glynn, are also hard at work on three of the hotel’s grand specialty suites. The first one will be done on the hotel’s 20th anniversary on August 8, as will an additional grand specialty suite being designed by furniture impresario (impresaria?) Nancy Corzine, that will feature her products exclusively. The other two suites along with the hotel’s private villas will be unveiled over the course of the fall and winter. We hear the villas are going to have redesigned fireplaces with limestone hearths and carved-wood Louis XV-style mantles.
To go along with the new look, the hotel is offering a Celebrate 20 Years promotion that includes:
· A special rate for guests booking a room for two nights at just $20 for the third night.
· $20 daily breakfast credit per person.
· 20% discounts on spa, food and beverage charges.
· An extra 20-minute Rejuvenating Eye Treatment for $20 for guests who book a facial.
· Discounted daily valet for $20 (yeah, that’s a discount in LA).
· Two welcome “Pen 20” signature cocktails.
· A secret 20th anniversary gift.
The package is valid until July 5, and then from September 2-December 22. Rates this week at the Peninsula Beverly Hills start at $495 per night.