Last week I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the second time.
The first time I stayed there was to review it for our new Honeymoon Guide; I stayed for one night, had a charming breakfast with the director of catering sales and conference services and had a tour of all the possible sites for a wedding reception. The Sunset Ballroom is resplendent with a romantic depiction of a sunset painted on the walls; a mural of clouds touched with pink facing the huge windows overlooking Sunset Boulevard, or there's the Crystal Ballroom kept in its original Deco style with huge French windows opening up to a private floral garden and a stunning white wedding gazebo. There's also the Rodeo Ballroom on the hotel's main floor, and the Polo Lounge Private Dining Room for a more intimate space.
However it was my second visit that made me fall absolutely head over heels in love with the hotel itself. Obviously it's a legend - if you took a list of all the Hollywood greats I bet each one will have stayed there at some point; whether sipping a martini in the Polo Lounge or sashaying in marabou mules around the pool. They've all found that the path of fame inevitably leads to the Pink Palace. The hotel exudes glamour and old school luxury - the kind that comes with impeccable service and staff who always remember your name. On check in they knew which paper I liked and what time I preferred my turn down service from my previous stay. So, with the administration side of things taken care of I was escorted down corridors papered in light pink with the signature banana leaf motif, to my very own haven of peace and tranquillity.
The hotel sits in acres of lush palms and banana trees amongst other immaculately maintained tropical plants, which gives it a sense of privacy making it the perfect hideaway for celebrities or honeymooners alike. The rooms themselves are breathtakingly tasteful - elegant four poster beds, marble bathrooms, and if you're lucky, a private garden with sun loungers. Private butlers are available if you're feeling extravagant but I preferred to slip away to the pool to catch some rays - and naturally a margarita or two.
By sunset the bar Nineteen 12 is the place to be; admiring the coral pinks of the sinking sun whilst sipping Champagne on the terrace and contemplating where your evening in LA will take you.
It's pure, undiluted paradise and as a wedding or a honeymoon destination it would certainly take some beating. Just make sure you spend enough time there to really settle in and experience it for all that its worth - trust me you won't regret it!