Name of Hotel: The Beverly Hills (a Dorchester Hotel)
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Rating*: 5/5 (*Rating Scale – 1: Terrible, 2: Poor, 3: Average, 4: Very Good, 5: Excellent)
Type of Traveler: Pleasure
Best Time of Year: Year round
Key Features: The legendary Polo Lounge and the swanky pool coupled with pretty much guaranteed celebrity sightings
Drawbacks: Price, in a suburban neighborhood
The Beverly Hills Hotel finely balances memorializing their rich history while keeping up with current five star hotel standards. I appreciate the fact that they haven’t lost the past while updating this gem over the years. It was apparent during our stay that it is still loved by the vibrant community in the area. The hotel was bustling with local patrons and celebrities which kept it from feeling overly touristy. The rooms and décor are understated and classic. The food was pricey yet just adequate (note: the Polo Lounge kitchen was being updated while we were there so meal options were somewhat limited).
We spent a day lounging by the pool which is an experience in itself. There’s a reason there are signs all over prohibiting cameras. Put down the camera and just people watch from behind your sunglasses.
This hotel definitely has more of a resort feel than any of the other hotels in the Beverly Hills area. All of the rooms have views of the heavy foliage around the property so the view isn’t much of a factor in room selection.