*once a week, every week, I embark on a new adventure to check off one of my many LA bucket list items. Follow along my journey being a tourist in my own town and get in on the action!*
The Beverly Hills Hotel, also fondly referred to from time to time as the ‘Pink Palace’ has been a part of Los Angeles history for over 100 years now. I know, one HUNDRED years! That’s like 500 in LA years. The hotel was named ‘The Beverly Hills Hotel’ before Beverly Hills was even a city, if you can believe that! I’ve driven by the gorgeous stately facade many a times, wondering what went on behind the banana leaf “fencing”. Despite never having identified myself as much of a Beverly Hills girl there has always been a certain level of attraction and curiosity when it came to the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s one of those LA landmarks you know is important, you know you need to experience, but you’re not exactly sure how to as just a simple neighbor and ‘non-traveler’ of sorts.
There’s a few ways in which you can experience some of the glory and fun The Beverly Hills has to offer, yes even as a local. Unfortunately if you’re not a guest you aren’t invited to hang poolside in your swimsuits, but, all of the hotel’s dining options are open to the public. You have the option of dining breakfast/lunch/dinner/afternoon tea/weekend brunch at their famous Polo Club, you can take a seat countertop at the Fountain Coffee Room for burgers, shakes, pie and more, you can dine pool side at the Cabana Cafe for a more casual meal, and you can grab cocktails inside famed Bar Nineteen12. Unfortunately since I was not a guest, I could not dine and experience all four in just one day, but I managed to get a feel for two out of the four. Lunch at the Polo Club seemed imperative, and thanks to the recommendation of the wonderful staff – many of whom have been employees for 10 to 40 years – I dined in the courtyard and ordered infamous dishes such as the steak tartare and the West Hollywood Salad.
The Polo Lounge is completely picturesque, it has hardly changed a bit since its original opening and any updates that have been made have been in homage to the quintessential design elements that make the hotel so famous, such as the light pink decor with the banana leaf motifs. The Hotel has always drawn in a wealthier and celebrity like crowd and from first hand experience and taking inventory on all my fellow diners, that general observation could not be more factual.
After lunch on such a warm and lovely summer afternoon it only seemed fitting to go grab a cool beverage by the pool at the Cabana Cafe where they’ve recently made quite a few new updates including a bar where guests and visitors can grab beverages poolside. It wasn’t cheap, nothing about this hotel is inexpensive I have to admit, but feeling like your on vacation in your own city sometimes is simply priceless. Sitting back, relaxing under banana leaf printed umbrellas, taking in that summer breeze by a pool – go ahead, take all my money.
What: The Beverly Hills Hotel
Where: 9641 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills CA 90210
When: Daily – whenever you want!
Tip: If you’d like to visit the hotel and check out what’s happening on the inside, dineLA begins this week (July 13 – July 26) and this could not be a more perfect opportunity! Both The Cabana Cafe and The Polo Lounge are offering great menus with great deals – what excellent timing I have if I do say so myself!
Bonus Tip: If you head to the Polo Lounge and you’re a steak tartare fan, make sure you order it. It’s made table side (as shown above), it’s a wonderful experience, and it really is the best steak tartare.