Designed by architect Elmer Grey in the Spanish Mission style, and added onto several times over the years, it’s 3 bell towers over the red carpet main lobby entrance proudly wave the US, State of California and Mexican flags and can be seen from Sunset Blvd below.
One thing you will notice right away is the Beverly Hotel’s signature Pink color. The Hotel wasn’t always Pink, it was originally white which is more in keeping in line with the Spanish Mission-style architecture. The pink happened in 1948 when the Louisiana Inspired Crescent Addition was added by Paul Williams.
Lovingly nicknamed the Pink Palace (a moniker given by George Christy of the Hollywood Reporter), the Beverly Hills Hotel today serves as the social center for the community of Beverly Hills, and its own unique brand of personalized service to travelers the world over as their home away from home.
The Guest book of the Beverly Hills Hotel reads like a who’s who of the 20th century- Marylin Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, John F Kennedy, Prince Phillip, Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn (an avid tennis player. She played tennis with the tennis pro every morning), Elizabeth Taylor (and six of her eight husbands- each one stayed in a different bungalow). The Beverly Hills Hotel has been continuously open since 1912 to the present day, except for a period of closure during the great depression, and a 2-year remodeling in 1992. The Beverly Hills Hotel hosted fundraisers for war bonds during WW2 and has introduced people the world over to the city of Beverly Hills.
The Beverly Hills hotel is marked by its personal service (you can request a butler if you want one). The Hotel staff outnumber the guests by a ratio of about 1.5 to 1. They make you feel like royalty, even if you are not royalty. The staff maintains the upmost discretion – not easy to do with so many legendary happenings all around.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is a home fit for kings and queens, heads of states, captains of industry, playground of the rich and famous, hitching post to local Beverly Hills residents, location of candid hotel interviews, clandestine rendezvous, and photoshoots. I’d say this is the most famous hotel in Los Angeles!