90210 Travel Guide - Page 2
The other week we popped into the AKA Beverly Hills with our camera eager and ready to snap pics of one of our favorite long-term stay hotel brands. (AKA actually prefers the term serviced apartments to extended-stay.) Yet upon meeting AKA execs in the stylish, residential apartment lobby, we were told that "all of this" was going to be redone.
"All of this?" we asked. "But it looks so good!" All of it, they told us. So it was pointless to take photos of suites and spaces that weren't going to be around much longer. Indeed, construction has already begun on the former apartment/townhome complex.
Up in the suites (which were formerly one and two-bedroom apartments), the major fixtures in the kitchens and the bathrooms as well as the in-unit laundry machines will not be changed but all the furniture, carpets and cabinets will be upgraded to reflect a more modern sensibility.
The furniture will actually be custom made for AKA. Plus, there will be new light fixtures put into the kitchens and the bathrooms. Renovations will also be done to the bi-level townhomes and penthouse suites that AKA will have on-hand as well.
Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is back on TV now that the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo premiered last night. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Today he returns to his old stomping grounds--Beverly Hills--by staycationing at the Montage.
Colton and I have Godzilla registered as a service dog so we don't even call ahead of time anymore when we bring her on planes or to hotels. When I checked into the Montage Beverly Hills on Friday night, I was delightfully pleased to find in my room a dog bed (which was equally as comfortable as the bed... I actually tried it out... I know most mentally stable people usually do things like that) and they brought her a dog bowl and a bottle of water.
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We snapped a picture of it but wrote it off as just another Beverly Hills-type event happening at the hotel, perhaps involving child actors. As it turns out, this is actually something for hotel guests and their little ones...because it's never too soon to start your kids on the red carpet?
The Little Legends package, available now at the hotel, includes a red carpet arrival for kids with sunglasses and a boa for girls and top hats for boys, an "autograph seeker" on hand to ask for their signatures, a paparazzi-style photo taken in front of a velvet rope and paparazzi wall and then presented in a keepsake frame, a VVIP card that offers them unlimited soda throughout the hotel, a personalized "Walk of Fame" chocolate star, an "I'm a Little Legend" t-shirt and the choice of an old-fashioned ice cream sundae or milkshake in the Fountain Coffee Shop.
Last week, we tested your hotel knowledge with this snapshot and congrats are in order for Willfojo who correctly guessed that the barrel of Macallan Whisky can be found at The Montage Beverly Hills' secret bar, £10.
Tucked away in a separate room above the Montage's Scarpetta restaurant, £10 is not your average hotel bar. For starters, you can't just pop by whenever you want as reservations are required. You can't even find the place without someone who works there showing you the way. This isn't a 24-7 kind of place either as £10 is only open from 5pm to 1am from Tuesday-Saturday.
The bar's menu also has some of the most expensive drinks we've ever seen in our life like the 64-year-old vintage of Macallan whisky that goes for $64,000. The reason why it's so expensive, aside from age, is that these are the remaining two ounces of this vintage...in the world.
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We stopped by the Beverly Hills Hotel the other day because we were curious about the ongoing renovations. Yet when we walked along the red carpeted entrance into the Pink Palace, there wasn't much for us to see.
A circular construction wall has been put up in the grand foyer, revealing absolutely nothing. Although we could tell that the carpeting had not yet been upgraded. There was also two lounge chairs and a table in the back of the circular construction wall and these looked somewhat newish. Perhaps a hint of the design to come?
Yet despite the renovations, the hotel is still going about celebrating its 100th anniversary. At check-in, there are detailed sings featuring the history of the hotel and there are specialty drinks in the restaurants and bars while guests can book various commemorative hotel and spa packages.
We were cruising around Beverly Hills this morning when we noticed a very interesting sign on a building at 9355 Wilshire Blvd.
The sign said, "Coming Soon, AKA Serviced Residents". We had heard that extended-stay brand AKA was coming to Beverly Hills back in December but we had no idea where. Now we know.
Despite the location of the sign, the hotel will open inside 155 N. Crescent Dr., just behind this office building.
According to the hotel's website, AKA Beverly Hills will have 88 one and two bedroom furnished apartments and bi-level townhouses with gourmet kitchens, custom furnishings and private balconies. As with other AKA hotels, the Beverly Hills spot is intended for folks staying a month or longer. And apparently, a Spring 2012 opening is still expected. We shall see.
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TMZ (of course, who else?) is reporting that the hotel has removed the room numbers from the door to the suite 434 where Houston drowned in a bathtub. Apparently, the hotel has taken the room out of circulation and it will no longer be available to hotel guests and more importantly, thanatourists who simply just want to be in the room where Houston died. This is something the hotel should have done immediately after it happened but we guess better late than never.
Anyways, let's hope this is the last of the Whitney Houston-Beverly Hilton hotel news for a while, or ever.
The Pink Palace aka The Beverly Hills Hotel is turning 100 this year and as promised, the hotel is starting on a "thoughtful refurbishment" that will leave the hotel's signature banana leaf wallpaper, green and white stripes and the pink exterior untouched, but will upgrade practically everything else.
We spoke with the hotel's general manager Edward Mady back in October and he told us then that the hotel would do a soft goods upgrade of the guestrooms, put in some new technology and switch up the carpeting in the ballroom and the lobby. But the renovations will also extend to the hotel's Polo Lounge restaurant and its pool scene.
It's only been two weeks, but Whitney Houston's tragic death at the Beverly Hilton has split off into a dozen different tales of woe by everyone from Whitney's family to the guests at the hotel to the hotel itself. And no one is satisfied quite yet.
First, and perhaps most relevant after the contentious thread we posted last week: it was announced that the hotel has fired several employees who went against company policy by speaking to the press about the incident. Not because they had anything malicious to say, but the Bev Hilton generally didn't want its staffers spilling the beans on whatever was going on behind closed doors.
Because that's what Twitter is for.
Like we said last Monday, so much about what went down last weekend at the Beverly Hilton was whack, but most of all, we're disappointed in the behavior of certain guests, who are now seeking refunds from the hotel for their "unbearable" stays. Well, gee. When there's something visibly wrong with the service, or when poop explodes out of your sink—that's all grounds for a refund.
But the death of a famous pop star? Not exactly something the hotel has any control over. So guests needed to vent their anger, they were over-stimulated, and possibly underslept, and had to pass along the buck to someone. But is it the hotel's responsibility to recompense guests when the thing becomes a police matter?
Yeah, we're asking you.
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.
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
For many actors, the real party took place not during last night's awards ceremony, but afterwards, inside the Beverly Hills Hilton's kitchen. OK, maybe just for one actor. But still. @EricStonestreet, who was nominated last night for his role as "Cameron" on Modern Family (and which managed to pick up this year's award for "Best Comedy Series"), was clearly enjoying himself during a late-night visit to the hotel's kitchen.
He better be careful. If Gordon Ramsay catches him in there, it's over.