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Snapshot / Hotel Technology / Peninsula Hotels / Beverly Hills Hotels / Hotel Nightstands / Luxury Hotels / → All Tags
While we couldn't get into the Peninsula's super secret technology laboratory where they custom make all the in-room tech for their hotels, we have been fortunate enough to experience some of these proprietary gadgets at Peninsula Hotels in person...like the control pad on the nightstand at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
When you settle into bed at night, you can not only set an alarm for the next morning from the control pad but also turn down the lights, set the air conditioning and signal a "Privacy Please" on your hotel room door so housekeeping won't disturb you. Heavenly! The more things we can do from the comfort of our bed, the better. Of course, when the rooms start at $525 a night, we expect nothing less. Good thing the WiFi is free!
Bonus shot of the room's media hub after the jump!
Celebrity Scoop / Victoria's Secret Hotels / Miranda Kerr / Candace Swanepoel / Thompson Hotels / Beverly Hills Hotels / → All Tags
It was just another day at the Thompson Beverly Hills today. You know, guests checking in, guests checking out, Victoria's Secret Angels modeling swimwear up at the rooftop pool.
Yup, Miranda Kerr and Candace Swanepoel walked down a plexiglass runway atop the rooftop pool this morning, modeling bikinis and coverups from the VS 2012 Swimwear Collection. Later, they did back-to-back-to-back interviews with media outlets touting the newest bathing suits. (We heard Miranda pushing one of the bikinis with some special "lift" feature.)
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For today's second edition of Bathroom Tuesdays (what can we say? We see a LOT of hotel bathrooms), we're looking at the toilet bowls of the rich and famous. That's because we spied one of these amazing high-tech loos in the Pink Suite of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel--a Neorest 500.
Yup, it's the same kind of water wizardry that we witnessed at the renovated Hotel Bel-Air where the toilet seat rises to greet you and you can choose several, um, cleansing options via remote control.
However, not all of the hotel's newly redone signature suites had the latest model. We spied at least one older edition of a Toto Washlet but it still had all the buttons and gadgetry of the Neorest, just a little fussier design.
Oddly enough, these toilets cost upwards of $3,000 which is just half the amount of one night in the Pink Suite....
Last week, we got to ogle some of the most coveted suites in the world--the newly renovated Signature Suites at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
Ok, so none of these upper echelon rooms come with a hot tub near the hotel's helipad but each suite oozes glamour, opulence, elegance and perhaps most importantly for the hotel's A-list celebrity clientele, privacy.
Yet before you dismiss these rooms as full of "Do Not Touch" furnishings and impractical decor that will keep you from getting comfortable, relax, because interior design firm Forchielli Glynn and Nancy Corzine have successfully managed to make each suite feel like home. Which is nice to have when you are paying upwards of $6,000 a night. Even better, the suites are named after their color scheme--White, Blue, Green and Pink--rather than executive boardroom positions.
Now, for those of you who, like us, can't afford to stay in these suites without winning the lottery, let's take a look at what we're missing:
Thanks to Jaunted's illustrious coverage of all things Hello Kitty we've been able to geek out over Hello Kitty dental bibs, airplanes, airport stores and museums. But today, we're returning the favor with this new Hello Kitty Noir hotel package from the Maison 140 Hotel in Beverly Hills.
All this month the Viceroy hotel is offering just 50 guests the oversized Hello Kitty Noir Eyeshadow and Lipgloss Palettes from the new Hello Kitty Noir makeup line at Sephora. Guests will also receive complimentary Hello Kitty Noir cocktails in the hotel's Bar Noir as well as breakfast for two.
The package starts at $320 a night and is only available from December 1-30th. Go here to book. Don't forget your Hello Kitty pajamas!
In a town like LA, it’s always about looking younger, so to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Peninsula Beverly Hills has been undergoing an extensive redecoration job. When we popped by a few weeks ago, most of the 193 rooms and 36 suites had been redone, while some of the grand specialty suites and 16 garden villas were still awaiting their appointment with the designers.
The facelift was overseen by Viceroy Hotels in-house designer, Kelly Wearstler who redesigned all 44 rooms in a Parisian style. Gone is the old yellow and grey decor and now in its place is a vibrant
orange and red color scheme, er as Wearstler describes it "persimmon" palette with new beds, headboards, curtains, chairs and desks.
To celebrate the hotel rooms' new look, the hotel is offering a Renew Package which gives guests welcome champagne, a continental breakfast, complimentary parking and internet for just $185 a night. (The deal is good through June 30th.)
This is a great deal if you want an affordable boutique hotel close to the center of Beverly Hills but just keep in mind, the hotel doesn't have much of a lobby or any other public spaces for that matter. However, you can pop over to the hotel's sister properties--the Avalon and the L'Ermitage to use the pool or have dinner.
The Beverly Wilshire better hurry and get rid of the royal decor and pile on the pink. Sure, a Brit is coming to the hotel, but for a baby shower, not to celebrate the royal wedding. Victoria Beckham will be hitting up the Beverly Hills hotel on Friday for her baby shower.
According to the Mirror, Posh's bestie Eva Longoria will be throwing a "pink princess"-themed shindig to welcome baby No. 4, a girl, to the lucky-gened Beckham brood. It's interesting that she chose this hotel as it was made famous by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the film "Pretty Woman."' Of course, we hoe the child is pretty and not , you know, a hooker.
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You might do a double-take today when you see a royal guard in a furry black hat standing stoically outside of the Beverly Wilshire. It looks like the guy got lost on his way to Buckingham Palace.
Of course, it's just the latest case of royal wedding fever among hotels. If you weren't among the sleepy Kate and Wills fans to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding, you can still get into the festivities at the hotel.
Nothing beats a free drink, but 50-cent cocktails are almost just as good. So get your quarters ready because the Beverly Wilshire's BLVD is shaking up 50-cent martinis.
Of course, there's a catch. The cheapo cocktails will only be available for 19 minutes and 61 seconds each night, starting at midnight. So drink up fast.
The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire is getting really cheesy. That's because the hotel just started dairy-filled raclette night every Thursday in its BLVD restaurant.
Raclette is a traditional European dish, but for some reason it hasn't yet caught on in the U.S. Basically, Swiss raclette cheese is melted either over a fire or on an electric grill and then the gooey goodness is poured over meat, veggies or potatoes.
We're not going to lie, we're getting kind of jealous of the Jersey Shore crew. That's because they've gone from bunk beds and tanning salons in Sleazeside Heights, New Jersey to the finest hotels in the country.
Rooms at the "Pretty Woman" hotel start at $445 a night. That's like 8 Ed Hardy t-shirts! But while the hotel's Lea Journo hair salon has plenty of services for men, including a pedicure and deep conditioning treatments, tanning is sadly not an option for the Sitch here.