The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel Will Actually Be Happening Now
What a difference six years can make. Back in 2008, plans for The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to open next to the Beverly Hilton were firmly squashed by Beverly Hills residents and to some extent, the recession. Today, we learn the project is back on again. And it's really, really, really happening this time. But there will be some changes to the Beverly Hilton.
The hotel's Oasis Court, Lanai guest room buildings and its south parking structure along with the building that once housed the Trader Vic's restaurant, will be torn down to make way for the 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel and its accompanying residences.
Here's a bit more info from the LA Times on what to expect:
The new hotel will be clad in curving white stone inspired by Streamline Moderne style with bronze accents. Guest rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto landscaped private balconies. The rooftop swimming pool deck will include greenery, cabanas and a bar and grill exclusive to hotel guests.
There will be an upscale restaurant open to the public, stores including jeweler Graff Diamonds and a Waldorf Astoria Spa. The hotel will also include meeting space and a ballroom that will hold as many as 200 people.
The Waldorf Astoria's interiors will be done by Pierre-Yves Rochon who recently did the new look for The Savoy Hotel in London, The Shangri-La Hotel in Paris and a bunch of other super luxury hotels. So clearly, he will know what rich people visiting Beverly Hills will want.
Waldorf Astoria is hosting a party tonight at the Beverly Hilton to properly kick off the project. We'll actually be in attendance so look out for some more information tomorrow, including some new renderings.
[Rendering: Waldorf Astoria]