This past weekend my mom flew in town for a little Mother/Daughter trip to the Beverly Hills Hotel! Living in Los Angeles is already full of opportunities, but having my mom in town and getting the chance to enjoy my city in “vacation mode” was the ideal way to experience this city in true Hollywood fashion. There are plenty of hotels in LA, many of which are lavish, luxurious, full of character and over the top, but nothing compares to this iconic retreat, nestled along sunset in one of America’s most prestigious zip codes.
If you have the opportunity to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel, prepare to find a new admiration for pink stripes and palm leaves. Every detail is exquisite, from the fresh florals in the hotel lobby to the meticulously manicured grounds, the world famous Polo Lounge, the Pink Palace pool, La Prairie Boutique Spa, Fountain Room restaurant, and legendary history. Every time we check into a hotel, we make a point to see every little nook and cranny, and as I’m sure you can imagine, the Beverly Hills Hotel does not disappoint.
Upon our arrival, we B-lined to the Cabana Cafe for an order of truffle fries and signature McCarthy Salad for lunch. Full from lunch (and excitement for the weekend) we finished off our mimosas and made our way back to the lobby to retrieve the keys to our Bungalow. Having stayed here before, I knew the Beverly Hills Hotel Suites and Rooms were some of Los Angeles’ most luxurious, but having the opportunity to stay in one of the Bungalows truly felt like checking into a home-away-from-home. You sense the luxury of the living quarters from the moment the door opens. With a patio lined with blooming bougainvillea and signature green decor and interior complete with a kitchen, dining room, living area, powder bath, walk in closet, master bath and grand master suite, a stay in a Bungalow is truly unlike any other. Of course, the pups got to indulge in the lavishness too. With a special note on our reservation, they were welcomed with Beverly Hills dog beds and bowls, and a tray of freshly baked dog bones too!
After unpacking all of our belongings and making our bungalow feel even more like home, we took full advantage of the sunshine and headed straight to the pool. Reserved for hotel guests only, The Beverly Hills Hotel pool is the absolute best place in Los Angeles to retreat and indulge. Guests can soak in the sunshine in either pink or green pool chairs or opt for an upgrade and enjoy a poolside palm cabana. We spent most of our staycation here savoring drinks and sunshine by the pool, a nice change of pace from my usual activity-heavy agendas. Even on the rare rainy days we spent at the hotel, nothing could stop us from enjoying the pink palace pool. Raindrops aside, we slipped into our robes, ordered another round of mimosas, and spent our time poolside either reading our perspective novels or soaking in the Jacuzzi.
In true staycation mode we wanted to relax and enjoy the hotel as much a possible. We ventured out our first night for an insanely delicious dinner at Catch LA (a must-visit if you can snag a reservation!) but the Beverly Hills Hotel offers 3 unique restaurants, Bar Nineteen for drinks, and of course room service!
Cabana Cafe: Cabana Cafe is my favorite spot for breakfast and lunch! They have the most delicious blueberry pancakes and great assortment for lunch. If you’re staying at the hotel, the entire Cabana Cafe menu is also offered at the pool, and even if you’re not staying at the hotel this is still a great spot to see the hotel and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch!
Polo Lounge: The Polo lounge is most famously known as the go to Beverly Hills spot for meetings or lunch, but I also recommend a visit during breakfast, “Sunday Jazz Brunch”, or five-star dinner. From the moment you arrive, you’ll immediately sense a classic old-Hollywood vibe and enjoy the ambiance regardless of the time of day. If you come during the evening and enjoy a glass of red wine, I highly Recommend the Beverly Hills Hotel Pinot Noir and of course, finish everything off with their signature chocolate souffle.
Fountain Room: Small and lined with Banana leaf wallpaper, The Beverly Hills Hotel Fountain Room is the best place for a landmark breakfast. With the feel of an iconic soda fountain, it’s the go-to casual spot to grab a morning coffee or order off of an all-day diner menu. **They also take to-go orders.
In-Room Dining: In all of our years of hotel experience, we have never met a hotel with quicker room service delivery. Our morning coffee always arrived in under 15 minutes and last night in room dinner was delicious!
Bar Nineteen 12: Indoor/outdoor and tucked away just off the lobby, Bar Nineteen 12 is a great spot to enjoy light bites and a pre or post dinner drink while savoring a staycation at the hotel.
Of course with all the delicious meals we found ourselves craving some exercise. Downstairs on the opposite side from the pool is the Beverly Hills Hotel gym. It’s open 24/7 to guests and equipped with weights, machines, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, refreshments and a stair master. In addition to a little toning each day, we also ventured outside of the property and took the dogs walks all throughout the adjacent Beverly Hills neighborhoods. If you’re looking for something a little more, there’s also a Soul Cycle just down down Beverly Drive.
Of course we had to stray from our staycation paradise for a little bit of Beverly Hills’ shopping. After a morning of R&R we took the house car, available for transportation anywhere within a 3-mile radius, and headed straight down Robertson to the Ivy for lunch. If you’ve never been, the Ivy is a must on every Beverly Hills to-do list. If the signature blooms aren’t reason enough, come for the house champagne and complimentary cookies! To fuel for the day we each enjoyed a bowl of the spicy but delicious corn chowder soup followed by the Lobster Cobb and a slice of bright pink, red velvet cake. Perfectly content from our delicious lunch, we strolled down Robertson into Chanel, Rebecca Taylor, Reservoir and Intermix before making our way to Rodeo Drive. If you’ve heard of Beverly Hills, I’m sure you associate Rodeo, but some of our favorites are actually right off the popular path. Hit all your main brands down the iconic street then be sure to stop in Saks and Neiman’s followed by the Barney’s New York shoe parlor.
Our entire stay had been a dream made complete with services at the La Prairie Spa. On Sunday evening for the last night of our stay, my Mom and I each enjoyed a signature facial in the boutique Spa. My mom had a peel followed by a specialized treatment, while I focused on hydration with a deep moisturizing mask. I skipped the dry sauna and headed back to the bungalow, although the spa therapists recommend a 15-20 minutes pre or post to enjoy!
Although all good things must come to end, it’s safe to say I was so sad our dream weekend came to a close! Nothing beats having my mom in town, but a stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel comes pretty close. Booking our stay Friday-Monday was just the right amount of time. Of course, we left wanting more, but that extra night after the weekend made all the difference. I’m so thankful we had the opportunity to stay at this iconic, beautiful hotel and am so excited for the next adventure that life has in store!
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