90210 Travel Guide - Page 2
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.
There might be little argument that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie make for the most interesting celebrity couple on this planet. After announcing their pending nuptials, the hearts of world-wide paparazzo may have skipped a beat, but the couple may have scored a point against the camera lens after organizing a private dinner at one of the restaurants in the Montage Beverly Hills.
Perhaps they were picking the flowers or even color schemes for their big day, either way Brangelina wanted a little privacy while dining in the hotel's £10 restaurant. Allegedly, after a little coaxing, they shut their doors to the public and other hotel guests, and no doubt waited on the power couple hand and foot. No word on what they dined on (does Angie eat?), but with a menu like aged bison tartare and mini lobster rolls, no doubt the bill was more than £10 ($16).
Another month, another celebrity car accident outside a hotel. This time, x17online reports that P Diddy and his chauffeur were cruising near the entrance to the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday afternoon when another driver swerved in front of him, causing Diddy's SUV to slam into the other vehicle.
Unsurprisingly, several photographers were on the scene lickety split, and caught shots of Diddy looking slightly dazed and confused, laying down on the Bev Hills' lawn.
The front of his Cadillac Escalade was pretty smashed up, and as of now it is unconfirmed whether Diddy, his driver, or the other party, sustained any injuries. (Though for the sake of future hotel bathtub music video hilarity, we hope he's ok!)
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A small earthquake struck the Beverly Hills neighborhood of LA earlier this morning, which followed a 3.2 magnitude rumble that hit the same area on Monday.
As it happened, recently-traded NBA star Dwight Howard was in his hotel bathroom when the Monday quake hit. How do we know this? TMZ asked him, obviously, since this was technically his first earthquake since being traded to the LA Lakers. When Howard was asked how he handled things, he answered:
"I was in the toilet … and It shook me off the toilet."
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We popped into the hotel over the weekend to do breakfast in the Fountain Coffee Room downstairs and when we finished devouring that, we took a look around to check out the brand new lobby scene.
As we expected, the fussy old pink carpeting has been stripped. In its place is now a circular marble floor which is surrounded by stylish seating. The lobby also got a new chandelier, new pieces of art on the walls and a new coat of a soft white paint (not pink.) The reception area even got an upgrade with modern front desks and a mural on the wall behind them with the hotel's iconic logo and a map of its location.
But perhaps our favorite addition is the iMac next to the entrance for guests to use. Now that's bringing the hotel into the modern age!
Check out our snapshots below!
2012 will likely go down as one of the worst years in history at the Beverly Hilton.
Back in February, it unfortunately earned a spot on the Hollywood Death Tour map after Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub on the fourth floor just before a pre-Grammy party was to take place at the hotel. Not helping was the hotel's unwise decision to tweet about celebrities arriving at the hotel while Houston's body laid in the room for more than four hours.
Now death has visited the hotel again in the form of a murder-suicide which happened on Friday night. And once again the tragic event happened just before the hotel was to host a big Hollywood bash, the Daytime Emmy Awards.
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.